Learn how to apply AI to solve some of society’s biggest challenges by NetHope

Room 14, Level 2, CICG

Learn about current applications of AI in social sector and how to incorporate AI into your programs and projects, from understanding how to frame a problem for AI and get your data in order to how to resource your team and have the right processes in place.

Intended Audience (total 40-50): Primary: Representatives of UN and NGO agencies. Secondary: Technology experts including companies and academia (30% of the participants).

Workshop is designed to address the following needs of the social sector:

  • Sharing of the current use cases and lesson learned.
  • Knowledge about what AI/ML can do today and processes for evaluating whether AI/ML is the right solution for UN: NGO agencies’ work.
  • Expertise in how to frame societal problems for AI/ML and turn ideas into sustainable solutions and programs.

Workshop pre-requisites – you should have:

  • Basic understanding of high level AI concepts and applications to the humanitarian and international development sectors (don’t worry if this is new, we’ll provide material to get up to speed beforehand)
  • Some knowledge of a current or upcoming field program in your organization that may have benefit from AI / ML. Please review this McKinsey study for background on the AI capabilities and examples of use cases.

Access and download a pdf copy of this agenda.

09:00 – 09:15 – Introductions and workshop purpose

Chair:

  • Leila Toplic, Lead for the Emerging Technologies at NetHope

09:15 – 09:45 – AI primer: AI capabilities and use cases, ethical considerations, tools

Speakers:

  • Aubra Anthony, Strategy & Research Lead, Center for Digital Development, USAID
  • Cyrill Glockner, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

09:45 – 10:00 – How to incorporate AI into social impact work, from defining the opportunity and evaluating data and bias, to resourcing, implementing, and maintaining AI-based solutions

Speakers:

  • Leila Toplic, Lead for the Emerging Technologies at NetHope

10:00 – 10:30 – Part 1: Examine first case study to deconstruct an AI application from how the problem was defined through to deployment. Tessa Chatbot, connecting marginalized youth with economic opportunities.

Speakers:

  • Bo Percival, Innovations Lead, Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship, Plan International

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee Break & Demo Stage

11:00 – 11:30 – Part 2 : Examine second case study to deconstruct an AI application from how the problem was defined through to deployment. Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security

Room 14, Level 2, CICG

Speakers:

  • Fei Fang, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

11:30 – 12:00 – Panel discussion with technologists, partners, and funders about resources (including expertise, funding, tools, research), other use cases, and lessons learned

Room 14, Level 2, CICG

Speakers:

  • Cyrill Glockner, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Kush Varshney, Founding Co-Director, IBM Science for Social Good Initiative, IBM
  • Aubra Anthony, Strategy & Research Lead, Center for Digital Development, USAID

12:00 – 13:45 – Identify an AI use case for each participant / team, frame the problem, identify data needs, domain expertise and a plan of action. Get support from SMEs

Get lunch and bring back to room

These SMEs will be available to help you with your projects:

  • Arthur W. Dubrawski, Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Stephen Hellen, Director for ICT4D & GIS, Catholic Relief Services
  • Cyrill Glockner, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Kush Varshney, Founding Co-Director, IBM Science for Social Good Initiative, IBM
  • Aubra Anthony, Strategy & Research Lead, Center for Digital Development, USAID
  • Fei Fang, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bo Percival, Innovations Lead, Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship, Plan International
  • Leila Toplic, Lead for the Emerging Technologies at NetHope

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