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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Thursday, September 14 • 9:00am - 10:00am
[VIRTUAL] AI for Impact: Reaching the SDGs Through Bottom-Up Driven Collaboration (140904)

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Artificial intelligence is a game-changer, poised to accelerate our journey towards achieving the SDGs. Omdena stands at the forefront of this movement with its "AI for Impact" platform, having rolled out over 500 solutions spanning all 17 SDGs. These solutions, a combination of AI and local chapter initiatives, tackle intricate societal challenges. During this 30-minute panel, we'll delve deep into the might of grassroots AI initiatives, undertaken in tandem with esteemed organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, AI for Peace, Save the Children, UNICEF, and many more.
Panel Discussion Topics:
  • Introduction: Grassroots AI and the concept of bottom-up collaboration
  • Our panellists: Our distinguished panelists will impart their profound experiences and observations related to grassroots AI undertakings.
  • The Supremacy of Bottom-up Approaches: A comprehensive examination as to why, in numerous circumstances, grassroots methodologies supersede top-down paradigms.
  • Community Engagement in AI Development: The indispensability of community involvement in shaping AI endeavors and the subsequent societal impacts.
  • Addressing Bias through Grassroots AI: A scrutiny into how grassroots AI initiatives can serve as a bulwark against inherent biases.
  • Case Study Exposition: An analytical presentation of pragmatic case studies focusing on the pressing challenges of hate speech, misinformation dissemination, poverty alleviation, and more.
  • Attributes of an Exemplary AI Developer: An elucidation of the qualities, skills, and mindset that define a proficient AI developer in today's evolving landscape.
  • Strategies for Civil Societies and UN Organizations: A guided pathway on how these entities can take definitive action, leverage AI solutions, and collaborate efficiently in the AI realm to magnify their impact.

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Kathryn M. Clifton

ICT4D Knowledge Management and Communication\'s Specialist, Global Data Analytics and Reporting Lead, Catholic Relief Services
Kathryn M Clifton - Works fostering new approaches to ICT4D at CRS, documenting learning, and assisting in communications. Prior to this role Kathryn worked in implementing technology in agriculture programming. She is passionate about sustainable business models and approaches.

Branka Panic

Founding Director, AI for Peace
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Guneet Singh Kohli

AI Scientist, Save The Children,GreyOrange
Technical Mentor @ Save the Children and Omdena, AI Scientist @ GreyOrange, Google Summer of Code Fellow 2022 at CERNIndependent Researcher in Natural Language Processing with publications in *CL Conferences.Building and Leading Odia Gen AI is currently making Large language models... Read More →

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Thursday September 14, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am EDT