AI for Good

Global Summit

2020

4-8 May 2020

Geneva, Switzerland

Accelerating the United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals

AI for Good

Global Summit

2020

4-8 May 2020

Geneva, Switzerland

Accelerating the United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals

Connecting AI Innovators with problem owners to solve global challenges

We have less than 10 years to solve the SDGs and AI holds great promise. The AI for Good Global Summit is THE leading action-oriented, global & inclusive United Nations platform on AI. The Summit is organized by the ITU with XPRIZE Foundation, in partnership with UN Sister agencies, Switzerland and ACM.

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Leading minds in AI, business, government, civil society and international cooperation. Global
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Exhibits and Demos

Latest innovations in AI on show, demonstrated by their supporting companies, governments and UN agencies.

Action Oriented

Breakthrough AI for Good project pitches mentored by an inter-disciplinary audience. Projects aim for scale and global impact in the near term.

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Network with like-minded innovators in search of global impact. Meet your partner for the next wave of innovation in AI.

GOVERNMENT

INDUSTRY

UN AGENCIES

CIVIL SOCIETY

INTERNATIONAL
ORGANIZATIONS

ACADEMIA

A multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary approach…

progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerate

solutions for global impact

Scale

practical applications of AI

Identify

The Goal

GOVERNMENT

INDUSTRY

UN AGENCIES

CIVIL SOCIETY

INTERNATIONAL
ORGANIZATIONS

ACADEMIA

A multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary approach…

progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerate

solutions for global impact

Scale

practical applications of AI

Identify

The Goal

Early 2020 Speakers

YOSHUA BENGIO
Founder and Scientific Director
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA)

Yoshua Bengio works in computer science, specifically artificial intelligence (machine learning). He is the founder and director of the Institut des algorithmes d’apprentissage de Montréal at Université de Montréal. His current interests include fundamental questions on deep learning, the geometry of generalization in high-dimensional spaces, biologically inspired learning algorithms, and challenging applications of statistical machine learning in artificial intelligence tasks.

ANOUSHEH ANSARI
CEO, Space Ambassador; first female private space explorer
XPRIZE Foundation

Anousheh Ansari is CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the organization’s first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million competition that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight. Since then, she has served on XPRIZE’s Board of Directors.

Prior to being named CEO of XPRIZE, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, and continues to serve as the executive chairwoman. She captured headlines around the world when she embarked upon an 11-day space expedition, accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.

Ansari serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council and has received numerous honors, including the WEF Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, among others. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and serves on the board of Jabil and Peace First, as well as several other not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment.

Ansari also co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, announced in October 2018 at the Tri Hita Karana (THK) Forum on Sustainable Development in Bali, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020.

She published her memoir, My Dream of Stars, to share her life story as inspiration for young women around the world.

Ansari holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University; and honorary doctorates from George Mason University, Utah Valley University, and International Space University.

STUART RUSSELL
Professor, UC-Berkeley Adjunct Professor, UC-San Francisco
UC-Berkeley

Stuart Russell received his B.A. with first-class honours in physics from Oxford University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1986. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where he is Professor (and formerly Chair) of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at UC San Francisco and Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on AI and Robotics.

Russell is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the World Technology Award (Policy category), the Mitchell Prize of the American Statistical Association and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award. In 1998, he gave the Forsythe Memorial Lectures at Stanford University and from 2012 to 2014 he held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His research covers a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence including machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, real-time decision making, multitarget tracking, computer vision, computational physiology, global seismic monitoring, and philosophical foundations. His books include “The Use of Knowledge in Analogy and Induction”, “Do the Right Thing: Studies in Limited Rationality” (with Eric Wefald), and “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach” (with Peter Norvig). His current concerns include the threat of autonomous weapons and the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity.

VICKI HANSON
CEO
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Vicki Hanson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), globally serving computing professionals and students. She was President of ACM from 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018.

Vicki was a Distinguished Professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (2013 – 2018), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and Lancaster University in England. A former Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, she has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009 and at RIT since 2013.

She has served on research advisory boards and agenda setting committees in both the US and the UK.   Her research focus is on accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics.  At RIT, she, along with Matt Huenerfauth and Kristen Shinohara direct the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR).

SHWETAK PATEL
Professor in Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology. His work includes developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health, and developing new interaction technologies.
Dr. Patel was also a founder of Zensi, Inc., a demand side energy monitoring solutions provider, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of a low-power wireless sensor platform company called SNUPI Technologies and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome. WallyHome was acquired by Sears in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Dr. Patel received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2011, is a 2012 Sloan Fellow, received the TR-35 award in 2009, was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal, and was a recipient of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.
For more information visit Dr. Patel’s homepage, and see the Ubicomp Lab website for the latest news, publications, and detailed project descriptions.

ANJA KASPERSEN
Director
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs​​

Former positions include a career with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Norwegian Government and the UN (peacekeeping), research and academia, serving in different capacities in the private sector and for various multilateral organizations in the field and at headquarters. Since 2014, with the World Economic Forum, spearheading the Forum’s work on geopolitics and international security and how to catalyse responses to global, regional and industry challenges. Has published widely on geopolitics, international security affairs and global governance issues. Regular commentator and lecturer.

ALEX TSADO
Futurist. AI. HPC. Cloud
NVIDIA

Passionate about Technology, Business and helping products truly solve the problems they are designed for.

Extensive experience in Engineering, Finance, Sales/ Marketing and Entrepreneurship and dedicate my time outside the office to helping the black community excel in business, both in the USA and in Africa

Lead go-to-market for Nvidia’s fastest growing business channel, cloud for AI, HPC, futuristic Graphics.

Founded Alliance for Africa’s Intelligence, organization to ensure African innovations get the chance to change millions of lives, and the continent is never again left behind during industrial revolutions.

MAGGIE CARTER
Principal, Disaster Response Program
Amazon Web Services

Maggie is responsible for developing and leading the organization’s strategy to leverage technology and expertise in support of disaster response. Prior to joining Amazon, Maggie served as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at the UNICEF USA. In this capacity, Maggie and her team led relationships with the corporate sector in the United States, including gifts-in-kind, cause-related marketing, sponsorships, philanthropic grants, special events, corporate social responsibility, and employee engagement. Maggie also served as the Deputy Director of the Shot@Life campaign at the United Nations Foundation. While in this role, Maggie led the Halo Award Winning “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign with Walgreens. Maggie first fell in love with strategic philanthropy as Senior Manager of Community Relations/Social Responsibility at the National Basketball Association. In this role, Maggie managed the NBA’s disaster response program, cause marketing platforms, and many corporate and community partnerships globally. Maggie graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree in Health Sciences.

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“This Summit can help ensure that Artificial Intelligence charts the course that benefits humanity and bolsters our shared values. The United Nations stands ready to be a universal platform for discussion together let us make sure we use AI to enhance human dignity and serve the global goods”

António Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations
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“As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU is well placed to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are providing a neutralplatform for international dialogue aimed at building a common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies.”

Houlin Zhao
Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union
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“Thank you UN ITU & Sponsors for inviting Pittsburgh! The #AIforGood movement is becoming a global movement.”

Bill Peduto
Mayor, Pittsburg
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“We are proud to partner with the ITU in organizing this great event. We look forward to furthering the spirit of partnership and collaboration between all members of the global AI community to maximize the ethical use of AI to further collective progress on sustainable development goals.”

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Theneyan
Deputy Minister, Technology Industry and Digital Capabilities, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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“Thanks @ITU for an excellent 2018 AI For Good conference and AI For Health Track. New partnerships and momentum springing forwards.”

Adam Perold
CEO, Element
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“The Summit has done a stellar job in enhancing the participants awareness of AI, and more importantly, helped them on the path to generate ideas on how to fulfill the SDGs. I’m looking forward to seeing how these ideas get developed and transform into the solutions we need.”

Neil Sahota
World Wide Business Development Leader, IBM Watson
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“The inaugural AGGS proved to be organized with the right focus in mind by not only addressing the technical possibilities of AI but, also taking into account the impact on organizations and society in the broadest sense. The food-for-though ideas which came out of the breakthrough sessions proved this.”

Frits Bussemaker​
Chairman, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age
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“Kay Family Foundation is pleased to partner with the ITU to support the inaugural AI for Good Global Summit. The event was a tremendous success in convening global stakeholders together and enabling the exchanging of perspectives and ideas that led to the generation of actionable ideas. The Foundation looks forward to partnering with ITU again on next year’s event.”

Elim Kay
CEO, The Kay Family Foundation

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