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[liberationtech] New TechChange Course: AI for International Development

Nick Martin nick at
Tue Mar 27 05:43:00 PDT 2018

Hi LiberationTech Folks!

Fresh off the heels of our Blockchain for International Development
course which had a record 150+ participants enrolled, we are pleased to
announce another new offering: Artificial Intelligence for International

The four-week online certificate course kicks off April 23rd and is the
first of its kind!

Register today
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use the code AI395 to lock in a discount.

Have an idea for something we should include in the curriculum? Send us an
email at info at Happy to share our working syllabus upon

Hope some of you decide to join us,



*AI for International Development*

*April 23rd-May 18th*

What to expect?

The course will offer an overview to the general field of artificial
intelligence, including the more current studies of machine learning and
deep learning, and how these new technologies will impact the field of
international development.

It will help participants to better navigate and work effectively with the
intelligent machines that are already becoming ubiquitous in society. It
will also offer opportunities to critically evaluate different types of
AI-related technologies by exploring built-in bias, ethical and moral
considerations, and privacy and security with the goal of cutting through
hype, evaluating real-world value, and building a basic technical
understanding of AI.

The course will draw from a variety of international development case
studies, particularly in healthcare, agriculture, and education, to look
specifically at opportunities within the international development
landscape, both now and in the future.

Priyanka Pathak will facilitate the course along with Sedinam Worlanyo from

Here are some speakers and sessions for each of the four weeks:

Week 1: Fundamentals of AI


   Craig Jolley, Senior Data Scientist, USAID, Introduction to AI for
   international development and how USAID is thinking about it

   Gabriel Krieshok, ICT4D Program Lead, Abt Associates, How should your
   organization be thinking about integrating AI into programs

Week 2: Current State of AI


   Hedeer El-Showk, CEO & Co-Founder, Lore AI, Demo of

   Simon de Haan, Chief Engineer, Praekelt Foundation, WhatsApp and machine

   Sedinam Worlanyo, TechChange, Introduction to robotics for international

   Joel Selanikio, CEO, Magpi, AI and the future of public health

Week 3: Considerations for AI


   Chris Albon, Chief Data Scientist, BRCK, Beginner’s guide to the
   technical aspects of machine learning

   Ritse Erumi, Doctoral Researcher, University of Manchester's Centre for
   Development Informatics, Ford Foundation Fellow, How AI might shape the
   future of work in the global South

   Ryan Budish, Assistant Director of Research, Berkman Klein Center for
   Internet & Society at Harvard University, Accountability of AI under the

Week 4: Future of AI


   Gina Assaf, Design Lead, Souktel Digital Solutions, UX/UI and machine

   Participant Panel, Course participants give 5-10 minute presentations on
   their work

Over the four weeks, students will also get hands on and build basic
chatbots, experiment with some cutting-edge AI applications, and analyze
case studies of existing AI tools.

No programming or mathematical background is required for the course -
however, optional resources and activities will be included for those who
want to dive further into the technical details.

Register today
<> and
use the code AI395 to lock in a discount.

Have an idea for something we should include in the curriculum? Send us an
email at info at
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