AI for Good Innovation Factory – The Grand Finale

The Innovation Factory Grand Finale will present the best four AI for Good startups who scored the highest scores throughout the Innovation Factory pitching this year. These four promising AI ventures have a great scalability potential for a global impact and are tackling the world’s greatest challenges with their innovative AI solutions to achieve the SDGs in the fields of waste management, air quality, children malnutrition, and agriculture.

The four startups will have the chance to present their solutions before a jury of experts who will evaluate their pitches and select the top winner. Investors and innovation experts will be present to announce possible partnerships and potential funding.

The Grand Finale will start with an opening remarks from the ITU TSB Director (TBC), followed by the top startups presentations showcasing their solutions followed by discussions Q&A with jury, audience, or media on topics related to social impact of their solutions.

The startups and solutions must have a solid AI element that can advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. There are four steps, increasing successively in difficulty, to overcome to reach the annual Grand Pitching Finale:

Step #1: Fill out an evaluation form – the best teams will advance
Step #2: Submit a 3 min video – judges will evaluate the best teams
Step #3: Take part in the LIVE pitching sessions. Give a 4 min presentation live in the AI for Good Innovation Factory to a worldwide audience – judges will ask questions and evaluate the best teams
Step #4: The best four startups of step 3 will be pitching live in the Grand Pitching Finale that will take place on the 19th of November 2020. Where the top winner will be selected among the 4 winners
Grand Finale: Where the top startups; get recognized as Innovation Champions, present their solutions for selected the top first place Innovation Champion by jury of experts plus audience voting

Evaluation criteria used:
Pitching startups will be evaluated on the following factors, so highlighting them on your pitch would be useful.
– The idea of the solution (need/uniqueness/novelty)
– Innovative use of Artificial Intelligence
– Relevance to the SDGs and your social Impact
– Scalability potential
– Team
– Presentation/Pitching Skills
Some stats:
– Step 1: +200 Applications have been received
– Step 2: After filtration, +50 videos have been received for pitching consideration
– Step 3: Live pitching, 36 startups have pitched throughout 7 pitching sessions
– Step 4: 4 tops startups will be featured in the grand finale

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    REDDS Capital
    Stephen K. Ibaraki has been a teacher, an industry analyst, writer and consultant in the IT industry, and the former president of the Canadian Information Processing Society. Currently, Ibaraki is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, futurist and speaker. He is also a founding member of the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit, founding chair of the Financial Services Roundtable Tech Advisory Council, and founding chair of the International Federation for Information Processing Global Industry Council. Ibaraki serves as an Advisor for the Business Development Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. He is the co-founder for the Technology Advisory Board at Yintech Investment Holdings Limited.
    Inventor, BBC "Click" Presenter
    BBC News
    World-renowned presenter LJ Rich is part of Click, the BBC’s flagship technology show. Since reading music at Oxford, she’s predicted tech trends and monitored emerging concepts in consumer electronics for over a decade, with particular interest in audio, AI and art. Her regular music show #ljtunes now has nearly 800,000 likes on Twitter’s live streaming service Periscope, and she’s performed live at some of the most prestigious venues on the planet. During her recent breast cancer treatment, LJ decided to make a video diary of her own chemo sessions to demystify it for others, which hit the top spot on the BBC website.
    Senior Managing Partner at The IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC and CEO, Fallingst Technologies LLC
    The IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC
    A thought leader in AI, authentication and security technologies, Joseph K. Hopkins leads an innovative emerging technologies firm that serves as a proprietary first-mover advantage IP incubation model that concentrates on growth opportunities in digital identity protection, security and advance encryption technologies to mitigate the exploitation of data privacy and data rights breaches. Mr. Hopkins authored key patent applications about network security, identity verification, content security, as well as network tracking/use verification. Additionally Joseph K. Hopkins serves as an AI SME with City.AI where the group identify needs which apply to AI ecosystems globally and set up various initiatives that foster the democratization of the design, development and use of AI. Contributing also to the UCI CDT Digital Innovation Forum which aims to become a vital center of influence, advancing the competitiveness and productivity of businesses in the digital economy and drive innovation. Prior to his AI and digital identity security work, Mr. Hopkins served in key executive management roles for Fortune 500 companies, including Kaiser Permanente, 3M, GSK, Allergan, and KPMG. His experience represents over 20 plus years of entrepreneurship, technology, global operations management and business development responsibilities largely within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry.
    Principal Program Manager, Responsible AI Lead, Emerging Technology and Research Strategy Lead, Azure AI
    Sarah’s work focuses on research and emerging technology strategy for AI products in Azure. Sarah works to accelerate the adoption and positive impact of AI by bringing together the latest innovations in research with the best of open source and product expertise to create new tools and technologies. Sarah is currently leading Responsible AI for the Azure Cognitive Services. Prior to joining the Cognitive Services, Sarah lead the development of responsible AI tools in Azure Machine Learning. She is an active member of the Microsoft AETHER committee, where she works to develop and drive company-wide adoption of responsible AI principles, best practices, and technologies. Sarah was one of the founding researchers in the Microsoft FATE research group and prior to joining Microsoft worked on AI fairness in Facebook. Sarah is active contributor to the open source ecosystem, she co-founded ONNX, Fairlearn, and OpenDP’s SmartNoise was a leader in the Pytorch 1.0 and InterpretML projects. She was an early member of the machine learning systems research community and has been active in growing and forming the community. She co-founded the MLSys research conference and the Learning Systems workshops. She has a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley advised by Dave Patterson, Krste Asanovic, and Burton Smith.
    Co-founder & CEO
    Mikela Druckman is the Co-founder & CEO of Greyparrot, a UK tech company using AI waste recognition technology to increase transparency and automation in waste management. With extensive experience in applied innovation, she is passionate about implementing new technologies to solve key business challenges within waste management to unlock the financial value of waste and keep our planet clean.
    Greyparrot is an AI-based computer vision company specialised in waste recognition software to power next-generation robotics & smart systems that will monitor & sort waste at scale. We are on a mission to digitise waste to increase transparency and automation in the waste management process
    CEO and co-founder
    Hawa Dawa
    Karim is the CEO and co-founder of Hawa Dawa, a Munich-based company named one of the Top 10 Innovators in Germany and Top 35 in Europe by the MIT Technology Review. Forbes named Hawa Dawa one of the 100 most innovative start-ups in Germany in 2018. For its pioneering use of satellite data to track and analyse traffic and logistics movements the company was also honoured in 2018 by the German Federal Ministry of Transportation and the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Masters Programme and chosen "Digital Startup of the Year 2020" by the German Federal Ministry of Commerce and Energy. Before founding Hawa Dawa, Karim worked for several years at the Frankfurt-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance. There he worked on climate change mitigation in Southeast Asia and the MENA region. He is a frequent guest of stakeholder consultations on matters of climate change and air pollution organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Environment. Next to his work at Hawa Dawa, Karim is also a start-up mentor at the FEPS Incubation Center of Cairo University.
  • HawaDawa
    Hawa Dawa aims to make the invisible visible: we form the first link of a new digital knowledge network to steer and activate resilient and decarbonised cities, by digitizing environmental data into the mainstream of decision-making and to unlock unlimited clean air for cities, businesses and citizens
    Head of Project
    Child Growth Monitor
    Markus has been involved in digital healthcare for more than twelve years. Prior to starting Child Growth Monitor he has worked as managing director co-founder and of strategy consultancy Research2Guidance - helping clients in embracing digital innovation, transforming their business models, and creating new markets for digital health to notably improve the healthcare industry and the quality of people’s lives. He has been working for major brands in the healthcare industry: Pharma companies, health insurance companies and health start-ups like Bayer, NHS, Microsoft, Pfizer or Novartis. Since 2018 he and his team have been working on Child Growth Monitor - a mobile app to measure and diagnose children for their nutrition status using image data and AI instead of physical scales and measuring boards.
    Child Growth Monitor is a mobile app used to measure and diagnose malnutrition in children aged 0.5 to 5 years of age. Instead of using physical scales, measuring boards and MUAC tapes, our app uses image data recorded with a smartphone and analysed via artificial intelligence.
    I'm a tech serial entrepreneur working in pursuit of a better society through people's inclusion and empowerment. I accumulate more than two decades developing successful disruptive tech startups with impact in the society. I've been carrying out, mentoring or been an advisor in several projects where the use of technology and internet are applied to social engagement, purpose-driven entrepreneurship and citizen-oriented cities. In 2014, I founded Social Coin, a social experiment to foster and track Acts of Kindness. It soon became a global movement and a game-changing technology for Social Responsibility for Companies, Universities and Smart Cities. This work around the Gift and the Pay It Forward Economy has inspired people worldwide and received public recognition from the United Nations - WSA, the European Commission, the Institute for the Future, Gifted Citizen and various innovation and social impact congresses. Citibeats is the result of Social Coin's experiment and more than 1 year of R&D, a real-time awareness tool for social needs helping our customers to react better and faster in fast-changing social environments. My personal moonshot is to develop a technology on top of Citibeats able to reward any single action based on the impact it has in society, reshaping the concept of wealth and becoming the operating system for a Universal Basic Income solution!
  • Citibeats
    Citibeats is an artificial intelligence platform that searches and analyzes large amounts of text provided by citizens. Citibeats makes sense of this data and identifies social facts and trends that are useful for companies and institutions.


19 Nov 2020


CET, Geneva
15:00 - 16:30