Conferencing + Events Feature — 07 September 2018

Competition for rising stars of AI from University of Birmingham, Nottingham, Warwick and Aston University to be judged by experts from Kainos, Microsoft and Youth4AI

Kainos, a leading provider of digital services and platforms to public and private organisations around the globe, have selected 20 of the most promising undergraduate students from local universities – including University of Birmingham, Warwick and Aston University – to develop and nurture their skills in the growing and exciting field of Artificial Intelligence.

The two-week training camp that started on the 3rd September, is being hosted on campus at Birmingham City University, will give participants access to leading experts in the burgeoning field of AI. Contestants will be taught how to develop their own machine learning models, create chatbots and hone their business skills while hearing about the latest industry developments with guest speakers from local industry. Following a two-day hackathon, where the creations will be showcased and scrutinised, the winners will be announced on Saturday 15th September.

Tom Gray, CTO at Kainos commented: “After opening an office in Birmingham earlier this year, we are delighted to now be bringing our A.I.Camp  to the city.

“The emergence of A.I. as a viable technology is creating opportunities to reshape our daily lives and the world as we know it. While there are much debated moral and ethical questions to answer, there are also vast numbers of ways in which it has the potential to change lives for the better, from helping blind people to ‘see’, to identifying anomalies on production lines, to understanding how to better recognise and treat disease.”

Participants will be mentored through the process by the innovation team at Kainos, a leading expert in the practical application of AI and Machine Learning in the public and private space. Microsoft is supporting the event by providing prizes and Azure licences, while Naveed Hussain, Microsoft Big Data and AI Architect, will be presiding as a judge at the event. Hussain will be joined on the panel by Kainos Software Engineer, Liam Ferris, and Youth4AI Founder Kari Lawler. At 15 years old, Kari is the youngest ever start-up, entrepreneur and AI consultant on the Innovation Birmingham campus.

AI Camp is part of Kainos’ ambition to inspire, educate and train the next generation of digital talent.

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