100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ Summit 8AM - 3PM U.S Pacific Time December 3 - 5, 2020

100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™

Join us on December 3 – 5 from 8a – 3p US Pacific Time as we come together to celebrate the amazing women in this space and unveil the “100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™” list for 2021.

Women in AI Ethics™ (WAIE) is a global initiative by Lighthouse3, a strategic research and advisory firm based in Oakland, California with a mission to increase recognition, representation, and empowerment of brilliant women in this space who are working hard to save humanity from the dark side of AI.

This initiative started as the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ list created by Mia Shah-Dand, CEO and Founder of Lighthouse3 to recognize talented women in this space and is now a global online directory. The list is published annually to highlight rising stars as well as aspiring women from non-technical fields as part of our continuing effort to make AI more diverse and accessible for everyone. You can read more about our intersectional approach to diversity here.

Women in AI Ethics™ is a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a California nonprofit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID (EIN) 46-1323531. It’s funded by Lighthouse3, donations, and ticket sales. Your generous donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and used to fund mission-aligned activities, which includes but is not limited to providing free AI Ethics career resources, hosting community events, and funding other initiatives to increase representation, recognition, and empowerment of women in our community.

VOICES

Our Speakers

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Dr. Alex Hanna
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Lia Coleman
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Meredith Whittaker
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Tawana Petty
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Ginger Chen
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Ayodele Odubela
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Heather Dowdy
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Kira Goldner
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Renée Cummings
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Mia Shah-Dand
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Merve Hickok
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Suzanne Kite
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Andreza Rocha
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Ayushi Tandon
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Nina da Hora
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Jiun Kimm
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Syeda Zainab Akbar
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Giselle Melo
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Dr. Rachel Kuo
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Kiran Samuel

WHAT TO EXPECT

Agenda

Our 4 main themes for this year are:

  1. Activism/Advocacy in AI Get tools and hear firsthand from the leading activists and advocates on the front-lines of battle against unethical uses of AI.
  2. Building Inclusive & Diverse AI Learn how to build more inclusive AI with tools, frameworks, and diverse teams.
  3. WAIE around the World Hear from underrepresented voices in the regions doing meaningful work in AI.
  4. Careers & Opportunities in AI Ethics Hear from successful women in this space who will share their journey and help us build the next wave of WAIE talent.

Convert U.S. Pacific Standard Time to your Time Zone.

Pre-Summit Workshop

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8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Pre-Summit Opening Remarks

Speaker Bio:

Mia Shah-Dand – https://twitter.com/MiaD

8:35 AM to 9:30 AM - Fireside Chat with Tawana Petty

Building a World Without Mass Surveillance

Cities are spending millions of dollars to surveil its residents, ignoring the fact that these invasive programs have shown little to no impact on crime. We’ve invited highly respected and admired social justice organizer, youth advocate, and author Tawana Petty for a powerful conversation on why we need to rein in insidious surveillance technologies and how we can collectively stop their devastating impact on Black and brown communities.

Speaker Bio:

Tawana Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy education, and racial justice and equity work based in Detroit. She is a non-resident fellow with the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS, a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, and a former fellow and current anti-racism facilitator with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL). Former director of the Data Justice Program at Detroit Community Technology Project. Co-founder of Our Data Bodies, a five-person team concerned with the ways our communities’ digital information is collected, stored, and shared by government and corporations.

Twitter: @Combsthepoet

9:35 AM to 10:50 AM - Building Diverse AI Datasets for Healthcare

In this workshop, the speakers will review the challenges in ensuring data diversity and explore solutions for building equity and eliminating bias in AI datasets for Healthcare & Precision Medicine. In this interactive session you will participate in a collaborative session where you will walk through different aspects of the data gathering and debiasing process.

Speaker Bio:

Chhavi Chauhan – https://www.linkedin.com/in/chhavichauhan/
Ayushi Tandon – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayushi-tandon/

10:50 AM to 11:00 AM - BREAK

10 Min Break

11:00 AM to 12:10 PM - Practicing Refusal: Strategies for Collective Liberation and Alternative Tech Futures

A holistic approach to the structural harms perpetuated by AI systems requires more than computational solutions and better regulation in order to shift scales of power. In this workshop, the speakers offer an overview of the current debate between technological reform and practices of refusal. Together, participants will explore alternative ways to respond to harm and reimagine safety — beyond security — as a way to strategize for collective liberation.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Rachel Kuo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Information, Technology and Public Life at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelkuo

Kiran Samuel, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Twitter: https://twitter.com/donnakiran

12:15 PM to 01:30 PM - Building Diverse AI Teams

In this interactive session the speaker will cover ways to build data teams that are diverse in demographic and thought. Foster an anti-racist work environment and build equity through team building. Learn how to adapt HR strategies and build diverse Talent.

Speaker Bio:

Ayodele Odubela is a Data Scientist working on driver risk mitigation at SambaSafety in Denver, CO. She earned her Master’s degree in Data Science after transitioning to tech from social media marketing. She’s created algorithms that predict consumer segment movement, goals in hockey, and the location of firearms using radio frequency sensors. Ayodele is passionate about using tech to improve the lives of marginalized people.

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayodeleodubela/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DataSciBae

01:35 PM to 02:00 PM - Closing Remarks

Speaker Bio:

Mia Shah-Dand – https://twitter.com/MiaD

Summit Day 1

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08:35 AM to 9:30 AM Fireside Chat with Meredith Whittaker

Challenging the Power Structures in Tech and Organizing for Lasting Change

Join us for this not-to-be-missed fireside chat with the fierce Meredith Whittaker who was the leading force behind the “Time is Up’ walk out at Google to stop worker abuse at the world’s leading tech giant and is continuing her fight for worker rights to ensure their voices are not drowned out by the powerful forces in tech. Hear first-hand what inspired her to take action, why we should all care about workers’ rights, and learn how we can collectively mobilize for meaningful lasting change.

Speaker Bio:

Meredith Whittaker is the Minderoo Research Professor at New York University and the founder of Google’s Open Research group and co-founder of the AI Now Institute. Her research and advocacy focus on the social implications of artificial intelligence and the tech industry responsible for it, with a particular emphasis on power and the political economy driving the commercialization of computational technology.

Prior to NYU, she worked at Google for over a decade, where she led product and engineering teams, founded Google’s Open Research Group, and co-founded M-Lab, a globally distributed network measurement platform that now provides the world’s largest source of open data on internet performance. She also worked extensively on issues of privacy and security, helping provide funding, strategy, and support for efforts dedicated to providing privacy from governments and large tech corporations. As a long-time tech worker, she also helped lead labor organizing at Google.

She was one of the core organizers pushing back against Google’s military contracts, the company’s insufficient response to concerns about AI and its harms, and was a central organizer of the Google Walkout.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mer__edith

09:35 AM to 10:30 AM Gender & AI Panel Discussion

Join Alex Ahmed (Postdoc, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon), Alex Hanna (Sr. Research Scientist, Ethical AI, Google), Anna Lauren Hoffmann (Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Washington), and Kandrea Wade (PhD Student, College of Media, Communication and Information, University of Colorado Boulder) as they have a frank and thought-provoking panel discussion on the intersection of race, gender, and AI, the failures of algorithmic identity, and inclusion in AI.

10:45 AM to 11:30 AM Black Women in Technology: Brazilian Context

“Brazil has the largest black population outside Africa and the second largest on the planet. Despite all the inequality indicators, we have incredible Black women in IT & Innovation, which the world needs to know!”

Speaker Bio:

Andreza Rocha

Restless, curious and creative. These three words describe a good part of her lifestyle, work and leadership.

At BrazilJS, in addition to being a partner, Andreza leads Operations and Diversity. Her position contemplates, plans, manages and executes the strategy of these pillars in an integrated manner. Besides of course, among other things, being a co-host of their YouTube channel.

Working in the people management area for over 15 years, she has had a series of different experiences, but most of the time she was focused on R & Sel.
In a complementary way, she has developed projects in Internal Communication, Internal Marketing, Training and Events.

She is a founder and a leader of #ATH; building a new proposal to guide Racial Diversity, technology and innovation.

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrezarocha/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/passalanorh

11:30 AM to 11:45 AM BREAK

15 Mins Break

11:45 AM to 12:40 PM Designing AI for Accessibility

The future is not yet accessible. How could AI unlock new solutions in assistive technology and access to technology for over 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities? Come explore cutting-edge issues and ethical considerations around AI and disability.

Speaker Bio:

With nearly 15 years of experience developing and demonstrating accessible technology in mobile, web and artificial intelligence, Heather Dowdy is passionate about connecting the dots across disability, race, and tech. She currently leads Partner Engagements for the Microsoft AI for Accessibility grant program. Heather is responsible for nurturing the growing number of global partnerships with startups, researchers, and NGOs and providing grantees with resources to scale the impact of technology for people with disabilities.

She loves using the design thinking process to create solutions that empower marginalized communities and improve usability for everyone. A strong believer in empowering communities through education and benevolence, Heather is the co-founder of Microsoft Ninja Camp, providing STEM leadership training to high school students with disabilities.Heather obtained her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native Chicagoan, she can now be found exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three young children. Heather also enjoys reading, journaling, and interacting with different cultures while traveling abroad.

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherdowdy/
Twitter – @heatherdbuilds

12:45 PM to 01:30 PM Time to Invest in Underrepresented Founders

Discussion between Giselle Melo, Founder and GP Matr Ventures and Jiun Kimm, Samsung Next – discussion between two venture investment executives.

While technology, in recent years, has surfaced the unfairness and data bias, and systemic racism that are endemic in our society, the social injustices that have plagued the Black community in the wake of George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor are the catalysts that have created an urgency to remedy these problems now. We will speak to two leaders in the Venture Fund space, Giselle Melo, Founder and General Partner, MATR Ventures and Jiun Kimm, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Samsung NEXT who will tell their stories and provide you their hope and vision for making a significant economic impact for innovators in these communities.

Speaker Bio:

Jiun Kimm, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Samsung NEXT

Jiun is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Samsung Next. In her role, she strengthens internal support and programs for underrepresented groups, and leads strategy and thought leadership to increase Next’s engagement with underrepresented founders, empowering a global tech ecosystem that is more diverse and inclusive.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jiun-kimm-7584aa41/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jiunkimm

Giselle Melo, Founder, General Partner, MATR Ventures

Giselle founded Matr Ventures to invest in her #1 draft picks in the game of entrepreneurship – Underrepresented Founders. She’s Partner and Head, Investment Banking at Toren & Associates + Cofounder & CEO of NicheeStudio – a software development corporation that custom builds applications, machine learning systems, enterprise software and mobile experiences for venture-backed companies.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gisellemelo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiselleBrazil

01:45 PM to 02:40 PM Career in AI & Tech Ethics. What & How?

This session will provide an overview of different careers in the AI & Tech ethics field. It will focus on the importance of multi-disciplinary backgrounds for both careers and advocacy, and provide tips on how to get involved. Kira comes from a math background, and Merve from political science. They will be answering questions about their experiences and insights for anyone interested in transitioning into a professional role, or becoming an advocate in AI & Tech ethics.

Speaker Bio:

Merve Hickok, Founder @ AIethicist.org & Lighthouse Career Consulting

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mervehickok/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HickokMerve

Kira Goldner, Postdoctoral Fellow @ Columbia University & Co-Founder @ MD4SG

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kira-goldner/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kiragoldner

02:45 PM to 03:00 PM Closing Remarks

Speaker Bio:

Mia Shah-Dand – https://twitter.com/MiaD

Summit Day 2

U.S. Pacific Standard Time

8:00 AM to 8:35 AM Day 2 - Opening Remarks

Speaker Bio:

Mia Shah-Dand – https://twitter.com/MiaD

08:40 AM to 09:20 AM Misinformation as a window into Prejudice

In the aftermath of COVID-19 crisis, there has been a massive amount of misinformation both related to the condition, and a range of linked social and economic issues. The talk will present a study on misinformation debunked by Fact checking organisation and its situatedness in the Information Environment of India. It will elaborate on communal prejudice emerging through the online misinformation environment and its implications on the offline world.

Speaker Bio:

Syeda Zainab Akbar is a social media researcher in India. She has a background in Digital Humanities and Social sciences. Her interests lie at the intersection of technology and social impact. Currently, she is working on studying various facets of false information at the level of fact checking organizations. Her prior work involved working with grassroot communities on topics of healthcare, gender, and smart cities.

Twitter: @SyedaZainabA

09:30 AM to 10:15 AM Algorithmic Justice : Cases Brazil

How to monitorate and fighting against bias algorithmic in Brazil

This session will highlight Nina’s work in the field of algorithmic racism in the Brazilian context. Nina will talk about her inspiring, extremely relevant and important work as an Anti-Racist Hacker, Researcher and dissemination of Computer science knowledge in Brazil and beyond.

Speaker Bio:

Nina Da Hora is a Computer Scientist under construction. Nina researchers biased algorithms. Creator of two initiatives: Computação da Hora and Podcast: Ogunhê, that presents Black scientists and their contributions. Always Researching Content, Writing, Disseminating Science and being an Anti-Racist Hacker. Nina is also a Science Columnist at MIT Technology Review Brazil.

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anacarolinadahora/
Twitter: @ninadhora

10:20 AM to 12:00 PM Making Art with Machine Learning

Machine Learning isn’t just for industry and research. Artists are using machine learning for creative purposes already– from paintings to poetry! In this hands-on workshop, I’ll highlight some of my favorite pieces of machine learning art, and show you how to make your own.

Speaker Bio:

Lia Coleman is an artist, AI researcher, and educator based in Puebla, Mexico. Her interests lie in AI for artwork, public art, and online education. She has taught at RISD, presented her AI research at the 2019 NeurIPS Workshop on Creativity, and exhibited in Vancouver, Seattle, and Boston. Lia is an alumni of the School for Poetic Computation (Fall 2019), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BSc Computer Science, 2017).

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liacole/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lialialiacole/

12:00 PM to 12:10 PM BREAK

10 Mins Break

12:10 PM to 01:05 PM AI Ethics and Aesthetics through the Lens of Computer Generated Poetry

A discussion on our future relationship with Artificial Intelligence, and a presentation of computer-generated poetry. This is focused on the potential existence of sentient AI, and how computer-generated art affects us all.

Speaker Bio:

Ginger Yifan Chen is a Shanghai-born writer, filmmaker, and poet. Her works focus on science fiction, liminal spaces, and the Chinese-American experience. She’s a recent graduate of Chapman University, and currently resides in San Francisco.

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gingerychen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gingerychen/

01:10 PM to 02:05 PM Nonhuman Futures Workshop: Imagining Indigenous Ethics for AI

This workshop will include an artist talk, introduction to Kite’s contribution to the Indigenous Protocols and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper, and a discussion and work-shopping of the creation of new technologies through ethical protocols. Media Art Xploration supports the work of Suzanne Kite and her collaboration with the teaching artists at the Boys and Girls Club at the Rosebud Reservation on Indigenous approaches to AI. Their work will culminate in a presentation at MAX’s biennial festival – 2021: The Neuroverse.

Speaker Bio:

Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. Currently, she is a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and a 2020 Women at Sundance x Adobe Fellow.

Twitter: @kite_kite_

02:10 PM to 03:00 PM WAIE Program update - Announce 2021 list & Closing remarks

Speaker Bio:

Mia Shah-Dand – https://twitter.com/MiaD

OUR BACKBONE

Event Organizing Team & Volunteers

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Mia Shah-Dand
Mia Shah-Dand
Mia Shah-Dand
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Buse Çetin
Buse Çetin
Buse Çetin
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Yadira Sanchez
Yadira Sanchez
Yadira Sanchez
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Merve Hickok
Merve Hickok
Merve Hickok
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Chhavi Chauhan
Chhavi Chauhan
Chhavi Chauhan
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Ayushi Tandon
Ayushi Tandon
Ayushi Tandon
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Tristi Tanaka
Tristi Tanaka
Tristi Tanaka
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Hessie Jones
Hessie Jones
Hessie Jones

TESTIMONIALS

Feedback from Past Events

“Can’t wait for next year. Wonderful conference!”

– Lauren A.

“This was an amazing and extremely rich day!”

– Ryann M.

“I really loved all of it! I wish I could have attended every session.”

– Attendee at WAIE2020

“There isn’t a session that I did not like. This is the first time I attended an online-conference and I was very impressed.”

– Jenn K.

“Fantastic speakers! Loved the tone and openness with which people shared their expertise.”

– Attendee at WAIE2020

“Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this. It was nice to really feel the sense of community within the event despite it being virtual!”

– Preetha S.

Sponsors

This is a spin-free, shill-free, sponsor-free unconference for our global WAIE (Women in AI Ethics) community. It’s funded by Lighthouse3, ticket sales, and donations from our generous community.

Here are the free WAIE resources and programs we have created for our community:

Connect with us @lh3com or @Women_AI_Ethics

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