We created Alice envisions the future, Girls in AI Hackathon for high school girls all over the world, to raise their interest in STEM fields and support them in building critical skills for the jobs of the future – collaboration, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.
The Hackathon is meant to introduce girls to the world of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, focusing on helping them make the connection between theoretical knowledge and practice. The purpose is to guide them to envision and develop their "AI for good" projects. This is complementary to what high school girls do in school, but a necessary part of education to prepare future-ready girls.
The girls have one mission
To tackle global challenges using Artificial Intelligence, following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
• Achieving gender equality
• Reduced inequalities
• Good health and well-being
• Climate action
• Education quality
Every girl will be part of a team of 4-6 students, taking on different roles such as coder, designer, marketer, researcher, business person. They will be guided in their journey by a tech mentor, a business mentor and a design thinker. To equip them for solving the global problems through AI, we structured their learning around Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning expert talks and workshops, followed by practical prototype building, guided by their mentors:
The girls will learn the method of identifying a real issue and building
a human-centered solution that solves it.
Tech workshops and mentorship
They will learn some basic technology and AI skills that will allow them to implement their ideas.
Any project needs proper business planning to be commercially viable; we will be giving the girls guidance on how to shape their idea business-wise.
Hands on prototype imagining and building
This is the stage when they will finally apply what they have learnt,
because all work and no play would not make this a very fun and enriching event.
And last, they will learn how to pitch their ideas for success.
• Warsaw, March 5th – 6th
• Prague, June 13th – 14th
• Bratislava, June 20th – 21st
• Malta, July 1st – 2nd
Previous project ideas
Take a look at the projects developed by the girls in Romania, that renewed our confidence about the world’s future.
The winning team from Romania thought of a pair of glasses for children with autism, who often need support in correctly identifying and interpreting the emotions of people around them. Using Custom Vision, these glasses detect the emotions of people and display them on the lens, helping children to improve their interactions and thus their mood.
Another team thought about taking Climate action and designed a smart trash bin that facilitates selective recycling and collection. Mister Bin, as it was called by the young contestants, sorts out the scraps left, using Artificial Intelligence to identify the type of garbage and to redirect it to the appropriate compartment.
An application for Abusive Behaviour Identification. It uses Facial Recognition to identify students' facial expressions and emotions, further informing school leadership about students emotional status. Whether it is sadness, frustration or anxiety, students can receive the support they need from empowered school leaders who come in possession of this information. The application is intended to help alleviate social anxiety caused by bullying.