What we do.

Machine learning summer training program for women across Canada.

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Study machine learning.

Dive into the fundamentals of machine learning to see problems in different ways, answer important questions, and inspire confidence in your new skills.

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Build enduring relationships.

Explore the world of AI with our speakers and lecturers, and refine your interests with guidance from your mentors and teaching assistants.

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Develop projects with a purpose.

Reinforce your new skills with team-driven machine learning projects. Raise each other up and collaborate on solutions that drive social progress.

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Share your voice.

AI thrives from a diversity of perspectives. Bring yours to our supportive network of women who are changing the culture in technology and shaping the future of AI as a tool for social good.

What you can expect.

Weeks 1 — 4 ML Bootcamp.

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20+ hours

of lectures from machine learning experts including Lab co-founder Dr. Doina Precup.

13+ hours

of special topic workshops from industry, academic, and social good guest speakers.

30+ hours

of dedicated TA support, hands-on exercises, and skill-based tutorials.

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20+ hours

of lectures from machine learning experts including Lab co-founder Dr. Doina Precup.

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13+ hours

of special topic workshops from industry, academic, and social good guest speakers.

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30+ hours

of dedicated TA support, hands-on exercises, and skill-based tutorials.

Weeks 5 — 7 Team projects.

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25+ hours

of supporting mentorship and expert project guidance.

100+ hours

of teamwork to develop ML projects for social good.

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social and networking opportunities to help you figure out where you want to go next.

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25+ hours

of supporting mentorship and expert project guidance.

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100+ hours

of teamwork to develop ML projects for social good.

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Weekly

social and networking opportunities to help you figure out where you want to go next.

Enhance your career.

We are committed to supporting your growth beyond the 7-week program.

Opportunity.

Gain exclusive access to job openings, internships, and other opportunities from our partners and AI network.

Growth.

Receive year-round invitations to Lab and partner events, including workshops hosted exclusively for AI4Good Lab alumni. Continue learning with Lab resources for alumni.

Involvement.

Stay involved with the Lab by returning as a TA or mentor. Attend program events including the Alumni Soirée and Industry Night.

Community.

Cultivate the relationships you’ve formed with your mentors, TAs, and peers. Keep in touch and experience the value of a supportive network.

FAQ.

Lab overview

The AI4Good Lab is an introductory program to machine learning for women and gender minorities with some programming background and intermediate to no experience in machine learning. The Lab runs for 7 weeks during the summer and is split into 2 sections (the Bootcamp and Project weeks). Click here for a detailed description of the program.

ML Bootcamp: The curriculum section is an intensive introductory bootcamp to machine learning and AI, which takes place over the first 4 weeks of the program. During this time, participants attend lectures, talks, workshops, and networking events.

Team projects: The Project section takes place over the last 3 weeks, during which participants use the knowledge gained during the bootcamp and work in teams to develop an AI/ML prototype that addresses a social good issue.

The AI4Good Lab is a non-profit program supported by a variety of partners and run by our management team. Our founding partners are the OSMO foundation and CIFAR, and we are supported by corporate, academic, and government organizations. The AI4Good Lab headquarters is stationed in Montreal, where we run the local Montreal program and organize expansion across Canada. The Edmonton program is run in collaboration with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and the Toronto program is run in collaboration with CIFAR.

We accept 30 participants per regional program. The small cohort size is chosen to ensure we can prioritize the growth and understanding of our participants, while creating an environment that enables them to form meaningful relationships with their peers and educators.

The AI4Good Lab Program is entirely conducted in English. The application form is also in English.

Opportunities for individual learning are abundant, but the Lab addresses one of the biggest barriers for underrepresented individuals in the industry: access to mentorship and deep professional networks. We connect participants with mentors and educators who are experienced AI practitioners in the industry. These experts have joined us to guide our participants in their learning, and are eager to welcome them into the AI community.

Our goal is to open doors for those whose genders are underrepresented in the AI industry. We aim to achieve this in the following ways:

  • We accept participants from a broad range of educational backgrounds and experiences.
  • Our program is tuition-free and we provide stipends and reimbursements to ensure equal access to the program.
  • Our education model centres curiosity-driven exploration and collaborative learning instead of competition and grades.

From mentorship and financial support to our educational ethos, this program is unmatched in its ambition to drive the culture of technology towards inclusion and representation.

Program details

We can guarantee that the Lab will run virtually in 2022, however in-person programming opportunities will be decided on a region-specific basis by March 2022 in consideration of the rapidly changing circumstances of COVID-19. All selected participants will be given further details to allow for advanced planning. Regardless of the format, the Lab will continue to ensure the program’s accessibility for all participants.

The 2022 program is running in Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto from May 2nd to June 21st. It is a full-time commitment that runs during work hours and some evenings/weekends, with scheduled breaks throughout the day. The program is designed to be fully immersive, so attendance at all lectures, talks, and workshops is required for all participants.

The virtual program is accessible to anyone who is available during the program hours and has a valid status to study or work in Canada. In-person components of the program will be determined as COVID-19 restrictions for the summer of 2022 are clarified on a regional basis. If in-person attendance is required, travel bursaries may be available to eligible participants.

Like different classes for the same course, each regional program of the AI4Good Lab offers participants the same value of education and opportunities for career advancement.

In 2022, the regional programs will overlap virtually for the foundational components of the program which includes lectures, speakers, Industry Night, and the Alumni Soirée.

The distinct identities of each program arise from the different people involved; each program is run by a different team, has its own distinct cohort of participants and TAs, and has some differences in the partners and mentors available to participants. The Montreal program is run by the AI4Good Lab headquarters, the Edmonton program is run in collaboration with Amii, and the Toronto program is run in collaboration with Toronto Metropolitan University.

Each regional program will run its own study and project groups, as well as some events such as Demo Day and social activities. These region-specific activities may be either virtual or in-person depending on the specific requirements of each region.

The AI4Good Lab is a full-time commitment (6 to 8+ hours) that includes daily attendance at mandatory events and intensive studying and/or group work. In our experience, it is impossible to balance external responsibilities with full participation in the AI4Good Lab. If you are accepted and currently employed, we recommend receiving a leave of absence from your employer before accepting your spot.

Participants will be expected to have access to a laptop / computer, high-speed internet (at least 70mbps download speeds), and earphones/headphones with a microphone. We may offer reimbursements to ensure all participants can access the program without barriers.

At the AI4Good Lab, we prioritize a peer-driven, curiosity-based learning environment. No grades are given. Exercises will not be graded, but may be reviewed in work groups to enhance participant understanding of the material. Attendance at all lectures, talks, and workshops, however, is required for completion of the program.

All AI4Good Lab participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. The AI4Good Lab is not an accredited institution and does not give official degrees.

After completion of the program, the AI4Good Lab management team can provide confirmation that a participant has attended and completed the program, however the management team cannot act as a performance or supervisory reference. It is the responsibility of the participant to develop relationships with the professors, TAs, and/or mentors during the program who may agree to attest to the performance of the participant.

Eligibility

The ideal AI4Good Lab applicant is a woman or gender minority who has a strong math background (preferably linear algebra) as well as some knowledge of Python (through coursework, personal projects, work experience, etc.).

All participants must be current students at a post-secondary institution (University, college, etc.), or recent graduates. The program is not designed for high school students or those who are already experienced in ML.

To be accepted, applicants must have a valid status in Canada (citizen, resident, study or work permit, etc.).

The purpose of the program is to introduce machine learning to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to explore it in-depth. Participants do not need to have a mathematics or computer science degree to succeed in the program, however it is an intensive and fast-paced program that requires previous knowledge of coding and math.

The Mathematics for Machine Learning module in the program reviews the basics of linear algebra, probability, and calculus in the first two days of the program. This is meant to serve as a review that covers content typically taught in separate courses over several months, so it is essential that participants have previous knowledge of these subjects. You may review the following topics for further insight: probability distribution, Bayesian estimation, basics of linear algebra, calculus derivatives, and regression.

The program does not teach its participants to program, and all coursework is performed in Python. Participants are expected to have prior experience coding in Python from activities such as coursework, personal projects, work experience, etc.

Applicants do not need to know any machine learning prior to the program.

Unfortunately we are not available to review your background or application. If you are uncertain, we encourage you to apply.

To reduce economic barriers, all participants are provided with a stipend. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their status in Canada enables them to receive this payment, which may be issued in the form of a Canadian cheque, and be able to report this income on their applicable taxes.

Economic support during the program is a key pillar that equalizes all participants. It is a required part of the program.

Applications

To ensure that every applicant has the highest likelihood of acceptance, applications are not submitted to a specific program. Applicants will be considered equally for all program locations, and will be offered a spot in a specific program location if they are accepted. The waiting list is also specific to location. Applicants will be most strongly considered for the location closest to their current or most recent attended University. Their location of residence and educational background may also be considered.

Applicants will need to log into their Google accounts to submit to our Google Form application.

To apply, applicants will need to submit their CV/Resume and a copy of their most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted). The application also consists of 3 short-essay questions (500 words max):

  1. Provide a brief description of why you'd like to join the Lab.
     
  2. The AI4Good Lab is a collaborative learning environment, where all participants will work in groups throughout the curriculum and project phases. Please describe your experiences with collaborative learning and describe how you believe you will contribute to a supportive peer-learning environment.
     
  3. The AI4Good Lab is devoted to the use of AI as a tool for social good. Please describe how this mission speaks to you.

We encourage applicants to provide concrete examples for every essay question, drawing from personal history, projects, or activities that they were directly involved in to support their responses. We are unable to give feedback on individual applications.

The call for applications opens in 2022 on January 15th, and closes on February 15th.

After the call closes, the selection committee will process the applications in 3-4 weeks. The selection committee consists of our founders, management team, and committee members from our partners.

All applicants will be notified of their selection status by March 15th at the latest. Those on the waitlist will be notified of selection on a rolling basis. Applicants who do not hear from us by March 15th may contact us at info@ai4goodlab.com to inquire as to the status of their application. The most common reason for a lack of response is due to an incorrect email address.

Each year we evaluate a competitive pool of applicants for limited spots, so we encourage rejected candidates to re-apply the following year. We are unable to give feedback or suggestions to those who are not accepted.

In every cohort, we strive for diversity in terms of educational background, location, University, etc. For these reasons, the waitlist does not have a specific order. Participants are selected off the waitlist due to a variety of factors, and we cannot give further information one’s chances of receiving a spot if they are placed on the waitlist.

Accepted applicants will have 4 business days to confirm their spot before the opportunity is passed to someone on the waitlist. Given the full-time requirements of the program, many participants will need to make arrangements well in advance to attend. This means applicants who receive acceptances need to notify us ASAP if they are unable to attend the program in order to allow others the opportunity to plan ahead.

Costs

The only cost to attend the Lab is a $75 registration fee for accepted applicants to confirm their spot in the program.

There is no cost to apply and there are no tuition fees.

Every participant receives a stipend after completion of the program. The minimum stipend amount is $500, and the final amount is determined on a yearly basis by the end of the program. The final amount is determined by budgeting activities and is not dependent on the performance of the participants.

Join the Lab in your region.

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Montreal

Hosted by the AI4Good Lab headquarters team

Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton

Hosted in partnership with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

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Toronto

Hosted in partnership with Toronto Metropolitan University

What our alumni say.

Kamun Karl Itaj

“I think the Lab gave me the confidence that I could actually work in the AI industry, even though I did not study computer science. I am grateful that the AI4Good Lab helped me with creating a vision for my future.”

Kamun Karl Itaj
AI4Good Lab Alumni

Application timeline.

Jan 15 – Feb 15

Call for Applications

You submit your application online.

Jan 15 – Feb 15

Feb 15 – Mar 15

Selection

We review the applications and admit selected candidates to the program, or offer a position on the waitlist.

Feb 15 – Mar 15

March

Acceptance

We congratulate accepted applicants!

March

April

Preparation

The cohort is finalized and receives onboarding information to prepare for the program.

April

May 2

Program Launch

Meet the AI4Good Lab community!

May 2

Meet the 2022 cohort

National Partners.

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Expansion Partners

Title sponsors

Key sponsors

Community sponsors