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Mini-documentary on Artificial Intelligence 4 Development

Mini-documentary on AI4D Artificial Intelligence 4 Development
Mini-documentary on AI4D Artificial Intelligence 4 Development

We produced a mini-documentary describing the ideas, aspirations, and research potential of our African colleagues in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

The footage was taken at the kick-off of the workshop Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019 @IDRC_CRDI #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

The emerging network of machine learning and AI practitioners and researchers undertaking a collaborative roadmap for AI for Development in Africa. The three-day workshop zoomed in on three critical areas of 1) policy and regulations, 2) skills and capacity building and 3) the application of AI in Africa.

 

ICLR presentations of AI4D mini-grants

As part of the AfricaNLP – Unlocking Local Languages workshop, we hosted a number of projects working in Artificial Intelligence in Africa for Development, funded via IDRC grants.

K4A awarded by European Commission with two major AI projects

The European Commission is funding 4 networks of AI research excellence centres with EUR 50 million through Horizon 2020, for supporting collaborative research addressing industrial and scientific challenges identified by such networks in joint research agendas. Knowledge 4 All Foundation is part of two of these networks in order to call expects to mobilise the best research teams and the most prominent experts in the field. The two projects are ELISE  and HumaneAI.

K4A partners up to launch Dynamic Coalition

UNESCO empty during Mobile Learning Week 2020
UNESCO empty during Mobile Learning Week 2020 lockdown

K4A partners with other stakeholders helping to launch with UNESCO a Dynamic Coalition for the OER Recommendation on 2 March 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, during the cancelled Mobile Learning Week.

The Dynamic Coalition will aim to expand and consolidate commitments to actions and strategies as well as reinforce international cooperation among all stakeholders in the 4 areas of the UNESCO OER Recommendation: i) Building the capacity of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute OER; ii) Developing supportive policy; (iii) Encouraging inclusive and equitable quality OER;  and (iv) Nurturing the creation of sustainability models for OER.

Check the new Recommendation in OER on the UNESCO official website.

Coronavirus Watch dashboard released

Just released! 5D animated visualization of coronavirus spread by K4A trustee Marko Grobelnik. You can track the development from late January till today globally/per country/per capita. Available on the Coronavirus Watch page.

Successful AI and OER hackathon using the X5GON platform

We are proud of our final hackathon at the British Embassy in Paris using the X5GON platform to make OER based education more accessible everywhere. We would like to thank our great colleagues without whom this hackathon couldn’t have happened Sahan Bulathwela, John Shawe-Taylor, Colin de la Higuera, Davor Orlic, Kristijan Perčič and colleagues from UCLIC Sheena Visram and UCL Computer Science Dr Dean Mohamedally and of course all the Osnabruck, Nantes, UCL and JSI students competing.

K4A grant to solve access to Nigeria’s legislative bills with AI

AI4D mini-grants presentations, Nairobi 2019
AI4D mini-grants presentations, Nairobi 2019

K4A grant recipients Adewale Akinfaderin, Olamilekan Wahab and Olubayo Adekanmb, are successfully using Artificial Intelligence to digitize parliamentary bills in Sub-Saharan Africa and Specifically in Nigeria. Read their recent interview in the Techpoint.Africa article.

Keynote and In-depth Dialogue on Teaching and Learning in the AI Era

The participants of the conference Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and AI: The Role and Readiness of Teachers in Tokyo, Japan were briefed about the basics of AI and especially its connection with education via our findings in the X5GON project. The double keynote featured two K4A trustees, both UNESCO Chairs in AI and OER.

ASEF ClassNet15 session on Artificial Intelligence competencies for teachers

The K4A Foundation together with the ASEF Foundation organised a workshop at the yearly 15th ASEF Classroom Network Conference. The expected output of this workshop was to provide validation of the recommendations on Artificial Intelligence competencies for teachers and learners linked to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and information literacy.

 

 

Designing Teaching and Learning Competencies for Artificial Intelligence

On 7 November 2019 we held a meeting at UNESCO with the objective to examine the elements for an instrument to support teachers’ and learners’ capacity development for the use of Artificial intelligence. The basis of the meeting was the report by UNESCO Chair in teacher training technologies with OER.