AI for Good in Action – Crowdsourcing AI for Future Resilience

The world has come together in an unprecedented way to fight COVID-19. One recent example is the Pandemic Response Challenge, launched by XPRIZE in partnership with Cognizant, ITU, Oxford University and other partners. This global challenge demonstrated how humans and AI could quickly join forces to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time.

In this introductory webinar of a 3-part series, we will learn how AI models helped facilitate critical decision-making to reopen the world’s economies and societies, safer and faster. The collaborative nature of this competition made it a powerful example of using AI for Good.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to interact with leaders of the Pandemic Response Challenge and collectively think about a roadmap to create solutions that will help people and societies become more resilient.

The next webinar in this exciting series will introduce the Pandemic Response Challenge winning teams and the following webinar will introduce some of the data partners. Stay tuned for more.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    Chaesub Lee was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan, Republic of Korea, and re-elected to this post for a second four-year term at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr Lee has contributed ICT standardization for over 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing. He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on Next-Generation Networks (NGN) to address the growing need for international standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture, mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on IPTV which worked to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards. He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks and cloud) from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. ITU-T Study Group 13 develops standards for NGN, future networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment.
    Senior Vice President and Global Head of AI & Analytics
    Bret leads Cognizant’s Global Artificial Intelligence and Analytics business unit, focused on helping transform our clients with the most differentiated capabilities and offerings for Data Modernization and AI.  The AI&A business unit supports core capabilities for our client’s overall digital transformation.  Bret is also helping to drive AI and Data transformation across Cognizant’s business units and to lead the effort on Responsible AI for the company. Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT products and services for the Industrial Internet of Things. He built his career in technology and business leadership across a range of roles throughout IBM in software, services, consulting, strategy, marketing, and as IBM’s CIO for Asia-Pacific. He has worked globally in these roles including living in China for 5 years working with clients and transforming IBM’s IT environment. He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
    VP of Alliances & Sponsor Relations
    Susan is XPRIZE’s Senior Director, Stakeholder Relationships where she leads the fundraising efforts with corporations, foundations, governments and other nonprofit organizations in order to scale impact. She also focuses on identifying, developing, and leveraging partnerships to increase brand awareness and engagement, as well as generate revenue. Prior to her current role, Susan was XPRIZE’s Director of Marketing & Communications where she led the marketing efforts on the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, and spearheaded the launch of the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Before XPRIZE, Susan was the Director of Marketing & Corporate Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, and the founder of Silicon Beach Marketing. While living in New York City, Susan created and ran PEOPLE magazine’s Entertainment Marketing department, as well as the magazine’s high-profile charity outreach and cause-related events. Susan received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College, and then studied Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. She is also a certified Whole Health Educator and Coach.
    Chief Innovation Officer; Chair of the AI for Good Programme Committee
    My general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market. I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships. I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements. I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.


19 Mar 2021


CET, Geneva
15:00 - 16:00