Those responsible for building AI must be representative of the population they intend to serve. With women making up 7% of CTO positions globally, it is clear that we are missing a whole generation of technologists in the development of AI.
The AI for Social Good Lab is a direct response to the lack of diversity in the field. The Lab will address this disparity by preparing women to become the next industry leaders in AI and ML, poised to solve pressing social issues.
Applications are now open and due April 13: https://www.aiforsocialgood.ca/
About the Lab:
Carrying on the success of the AI for Social Good Summer Lab held by the McGill University Office of Innovation in 2017 – OSMO, McGill University & the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) will be running a 6-week 2018 Lab that teaches technical concepts in machine learning, in addition to digital product development, design and business development tactics applied all with the goal of solving a social problem. It is our belief that AI should drive innovation to address key societal challenges that impact the lives of millions of people.
It is also our belief that AI research and product development needs to be more inclusive. This has motivated us to create opportunities for women to gain training, experience, and mentorship in machine learning techniques and product development by leveraging various ecosystem partners in the Montreal technology and start-up community.
The Lab takes participants outside the classroom and beyond their comfort zone, bridging the gap between university and industry. Project based learning cements skills and challenges participants to overcome the hurdles related to launching products.
Synergies with our partners ensure participants undergo rigorous training from partners in their area of expertise and receive the tangible skills needed to thrive at these companies. Consistent mentorship through e-mail and meetups with partners bolsters the confidence necessary to participate and advance in the tech industry.