Breakthrough Days

21-30 September 2020

The 2020 Breakthrough Days event aims to generate and fuel meaningful projects in each of this year’s three AI for Good Global Summit domains – Gender, Food, and Pandemics – that will advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive workshops designed to launch solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Agenda (CEST/PT)

17:00-18:30 CEST/
8:00-9:00 AM PT

NetHope webinar: AI Ethics for Social Impact Sector

17:00-17:30 CEST/
8:00-8:30 AM PT

Opening Address
Speakers: Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU and Anousheh Ansari, CEO XPRIZE

17:30-18:30 CEST/
8:30-9:30 AM PT

“Foundations for a Sustainable and Equitable New Normal”
Keynote Speaker: Riane Eisler, Social Systems Scientist, Cultural Historian, and Attorney; Author of “The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future”
Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

18:30-19:15 CEST/
9:30-10:45 AM PT

Welcome to AI For Good – What to expect from the week
Speakers: Brain Trusts from the Gender, Food and Pandemic Breakthrough Tracks

17:00-18:00 CEST/
8:00-9:00 AM PT

“Beneficial AI to advance SDGs”
Keynote Speaker: Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

18:00-18:45 CEST/
9:00-9:45 AM PT

“AI & Gender Data”
Keynote Speaker: Caroline Criado-Perez, Campaigner, Writer, Consultant, Author of “Invisible Women”

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

19:00–20:30 CEST/
10:00-11:30 AM PT

Gender Equity Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

19:15–20:45 CEST/
10:15-11:45 AM PT

Future of Food Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

19:30–21:00 CEST/
10:30-12:00 AM PT

Collective Pandemic Intelligence Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

17:00-18:00 CEST/
8:00-9:00 AM PT

“Food Revolution”
Keynote Speaker: Emmanuel Faber, Chief Executive Officer of Danone

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

18:00-18:45 CEST/
9:00-9:45 AM PT

“Evolution of AI for Good”
Keynote Speaker: Francesca Rossi, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

19:00–20:30 CEST/
10:00-11:30 AM PT

Gender Equity Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

19:15–20:45 CEST/
10:15-11:45 AM PT

Future of Food Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

19:30–21:00 CEST/
10:30-12:00 AM PT

Collective Pandemic Intelligence Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

17:00-18:00 CEST/
8:00-9:00 AM PT

“Collective problem solving with AI”
Keynote Speaker: Yoshua Bengio, Founder and Scientific Director, Mila – Quebec AI Institute

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

18:00-18:45 CEST/
9:00-9:45 AM PT

“The Urgency of Science”
Keynote Speaker: Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

19:00–20:30 CEST/
10:00-11:30 AM PT

Gender Equity Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

19:15–20:45 CEST/
10:15-11:45 AM PT

Future of Food Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

19:30–21:00 CEST/
10:30-12:00 AM PT

Collective Pandemic Intelligence Workshop
*separate registration, available from 22-25 September

In an effort to allow teams to prepare for main stage presentations on Monday and Tuesday, we have designated Friday 25 September as a time for teams and attendees to converse individually. Please use the AI for Good workspace on Slack to continue the conversation. Join us on Monday 28 September as we hear from teams in each of this year’s AI for Good Breakthrough Track

16:00 CEST/
7:00 AM PT
ALL DAY

Brain Trust Closed Door Debrief
Reviewing projects for each track & identify next steps to announce

17:00-17:45 CEST/
8:00-8:45 AM PT

“What is AI for Good Anyway?”
Keynote Speaker: Sasha Luccioni, Director of Scientific Projects & Postdoctoral Researcher Mila – Quebec AI Institute

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

17:45–19:15 CEST/
8:45–10:15 AM PT

Breakthrough Presentations
Gender Equity, Future of Food, Collective Pandemic Intelligence Groups

17:00-17:45 CEST/
8:00-8:45 AM PT

“AI in Commons: the future of AI for Good”
Keynote Speaker: Yoshua Bengio, Founder and Scientific Director, Mila – Quebec AI Institute, ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

17:45–19:15 CEST/
8:45–10:15 AM PT

Breakthrough Presentations
Gender Equity, Future of Food, Collective Pandemic Intelligence Groups

17:00-18:00 CEST/
8:00-9:00 AM PT

Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Peter H. Diamandis, entrepreneur, founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, Bestselling author of “Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think”

Moderator: Amir Banifatemi, General Manager, Innovation and Growth, XPRIZE

18:00-18:30 CEST/
9:00-9:30 AM PT

Special Announcements
Global Data Pledge, AI Commons Impact

18:30-19:30 CEST/
9:30-10:30 AM PT

Breakthrough Announcements

19:30-20:30 CEST/
10:30-11:30 AM PT

Closing Keynote
Speakers: Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU and Anousheh Ansari, CEO XPRIZE

Breakthrough Track Workshops

Interested individuals and teams from around the world have submitted project ideas to the Gender, Food and Pandemics Breakthrough Tracks. After being mentored by world-renowned experts and Brain Trusts, the top three finalists in each domain have been selected to present their project proposals in a series of interactive workshops during the Breakthrough Days event.

Join the Breakthrough Track workshops to hear from teams and use your expertise to influence the next breakthroughs in the sectors of gender equity, food systems, and the global fight against pandemics.

Continue the conversation outside of workshops. Have a question? Need a recap? Want to offer your expertise and support? Use Slack to converse directly with teams, experts, Brain Trusts and facilitators during and after the designated workshops.

Gender Equity

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning replace manual design and human oversight, society gains efficiency. However, the inputs used to determine these machine-made choices rely on flawed data that lacks critical information about female preferences, behaviors, and needs.

Future of Food

Through innovation and efficiencies, the agri-food sector has met an ever increasing global demand over the last century. However, agriculture and associated land use represent nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and use about 70% of freshwater resources across our increasingly water-stressed globe. And, as over 820 million people go hungry, around 2 billion more lack sufficient micronutrients and another 2.5 billion consume excess calories for their needs, the question remains, have current food systems been effective? Sustainable? Inclusive? Healthy?

Collective Pandemic Intelligence

Confronting the crisis of COVID-19 has proven to be one of the world’s most critical challenges. One that is bigger than any singular government or organization. As possibly the greatest challenge of our generation, the response to COVID-19 requires collaboration and uncommon thinking, which is precisely why we’ve created the Collective Pandemic Intelligence Breakthrough Track as part of this year’s AI for Good Global Summit.