Case Study

AI4ALL Case Study

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The Challenge

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AI4ALL is a nonprofit focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence (AI) education, research, development, and policy. AI4ALL creates opportunities for historically excluded talent to access AI through education and mentorship. Their mission is to see a world where diverse experiences and perspectives develop AI’s future leadership to benefit all of humanity.

2022 marked 5 years since AI4ALL was co-founded by Dr. Fei-Fei Li and Dr. Olga Russakovsky. AI4ALL wanted to celebrate by highlighting all that they have achieved during these first years, as well as look to the future and their vision moving forward.

This was AI4ALL’s first virtual event with their team having little to no prior experience in producing a virtual event, which is why AI4ALL partnered with Happily for full-service support in the production of a two-day virtual event; AI's Future, Reimagined. This included Happily architecting the program and overseeing the entire broadcast, curating the visual look for the experience, implementing a custom microsite platform, as well as providing day-of support and troubleshooting.

It is so wonderful to see the energy that students bring when they talk about AI! Love the joy!

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The Solution

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AI4ALL’s 5th anniversary celebration, AI's Future, Reimagined, was spread over two days, each day lasting approximately two hours. The first day was focused on introducing a selection of AI4ALL students and Changemakers, as well as spotlighting their education initiatives and programs. The second day was to discuss diversity amongst industry professionals, and the industries developing and embracing AI.

From the Leadership Team, a Happily Executive Producer worked directly with the AI4ALL team to co-create the virtual experience. Together they oversaw all the components of the project, from the creative vision, the pre-recorded content, to the custom microsite and the overarching Broadcast, Creative and Web Happily Teams.

The Happily Broadcast Team brought the event to life from the planning stage to the live broadcast on the day. A Producer/Show Caller created a detailed run of show (ROS), as well as call the cues during the tech rehearsals and live broadcast. A Broadcast Streaming Engineer managed all the streaming tech, to integrate assets and brand wrappers into the broadcast stream. A Timekeeper/Clock displayed a rundown timer for speakers and an overall timer, as well as cue speakers when to start and stop speaking with color-coded cards. A Backstage Manager scheduled speaker rehearsals, managed the movement of speakers from a virtual greenroom to live broadcast. A Broadcast Receptionist assisted the Backstage Manager as needed.

The Happily Creative Team elevated the entire virtual experience with thoughtful and detailed-oriented design. A Creative Director collaborated with the AI4ALL team on the overall direction and details of the event's design elements. A Graphic Designer used the established AI4ALL brand to craft static graphic assets for frame wraps, slide titles and overlays for the livestream. A Motion Graphics Designer built custom animated graphic assets for the livestream, such as transitions. A Pre-Recording Video Director led the realization and completion of any scripted or pre-recorded content required for live broadcast, while a Video Editor created and cut together all video assets needed for the livestream.

The Happily Web Team created a custom microsite to serve as a marketing landing page, as well as host the live broadcast and the on-demand. A Web Developer built a fully branded microsite to the specifications of AI4ALL for the event, including an agenda, an overview of presenters, registration, and a showcase of partners and sponsors.

Wow, I’m impressed and inspired. How can I get involved as a current graduate student?

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The Results

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This anniversary celebration was a meaningful way for AI4ALL to reflect on the organization’s history and goals through its educational initiatives and partnerships. It also created a forum for leading industry professionals and visionary brands to discuss the necessity, methods and challenges in seeding a diverse and inclusive future in the AI industry.

The first day was centered around “Setting the Course for AI's Future”. AI4ALL students and Changemakers were spotlighted to share how participating in the AI4All educational programs changed their perspective on AI. With moving and inspiring initiatives, each described how the programs had impacted their lives and decisions about their future. The student presenters were confident, strong and empowered, and their personal stories were engaging and impactful for the audience.

The second day was focused on “Bringing Diversity to AI and Industry”. A highlight of the programming was AI4ALL co-founder Dr. Fei-Fei Li, along with Tony Ko, Head of Global AI at Slalom. They discussed Dr. Li’s role in changing how people see computer vision and AI in the modern world, as well as her service on the US National AI Research Resource Task Force. The closing remarks by Jensen Huang, Founder, President and CEO of NVIDIA was an ideal way to wrap up the 2-day virtual event. He expressed how AI is the most transformative technology of our time, and how critical the mission of AI4ALL is to see that technology accessible to all and benefited by all.

Some of the guest speakers included:

  • Daphne Luong, Senior Director, Machine Learning and AI of Apple
  • Fei-Fei Li, Ph.D., Sequoia Professor, Computer Science Department; Co-Director, Human-Centered AI Institute of Stanford University
  • Abhijit Bose, Managing Vice President, Software Engineering of Capital One
  • Kristy Rasbach, Chief Engineer – Autonomous Vehicles of General Motors
  • Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer of EY
  • Dami Osunsanya, Vice President of SoftBank Group
  • Dominick Sanders, Computer Science State Supervisor, of South Carolina Department of Education

Sponsors and Partnerships of the event included:

  • Accenture
  • Salesforce
  • Capital One
  • Ernst & Young Global Limited
  • General Motors
  • Google.org
  • Micron Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Nielsen Holdings
  • Novetta
  • Pivotal Ventures
  • Prudential Financial
  • SAS
  • SoftBank Group
  • Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
  • Reboot Representation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Maxar Foundation

Happy Birthday AI4ALL! What was most meaningful for me was hearing about how excited everyone involved in AI4ALL including the students, university partners, corporate sponsors, and of course the AI4ALL team themselves are so passionate and energetic about creating a brighter future for us all. So excited to see more diverse people at the head of the table!

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