Hey, Girls in Tech trailblazers! Ready to dive into the captivating world of Artificial Intelligence ? Great, because we’re about to embark on an adventure together—a journey where women like you are not just breaking boundaries but redefining what’s possible in AI. So, grab your favorite beverage, get comfy, and let’s crack the code to women’s pathways into AI!

Embrace Your Unique Potential

First things first, let’s talk about you—yes, you! Whether you’re a recent grad, a career changer, or just curious about AI, know that you’ve got what it takes to thrive in this field. Your unique perspective, creativity, and knack for problem-solving are your superpowers, and trust us, they’re going to take you places! AI needs people like YOU, from all skill sets and backgrounds, to deliver more ethical, innovative, and inclusive technologies that benefit society as a whole.

“In AI, as in any field, diversity is key to driving innovation. By encouraging more women to pursue careers in AI, we can tap into a vast pool of talent and creativity, leading to groundbreaking advancements that have a positive impact on our world.” – Timnit Gebru, Co-founder of Black in AI and former Co-Lead of Google’s Ethical AI team.

Smashing Through Barriers

Okay, now let’s address the elephant in the room—gender barriers. Yes, they exist. But guess what? We’re here to smash through them together! So, if you ever find yourself facing bias or stereotypes, remember that you’re not alone. Girls in Tech’s AI Programming was designed to eliminate the gender gap in AI and equip women with the skills they need to have a flourishing career in this exciting industry. By amplifying diverse voices, imparting practical skills, and fostering collaborative exploration, we’re forging a future where innovation knows no boundaries.

  • AI Ignite: Empowering Futures Pop-Up event brings knowledge, inspiration, and mentorship to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), fostering diverse voices in AI development and mitigating bias in AI systems.
  • AI Bootcamp equips participants worldwide with practical skills in AI and machine learning, enabling them to thrive in their careers and contribute meaningfully to the tech industry. 
  • Unleashing the Power of AI Seminar provides a dynamic platform to explore the latest trends, technical advancements, and investment opportunities in the world of AI. 
  • AI Dream Session delves into the fascinating world of AI, exploring its evolution, potential, and impact on our lives.

Stay tuned for updates later in the year for more details on Girls in Tech’s AI programming.

Smashing Through Barriers

AI may seem like this intimidating, mysterious realm filled with complex algorithms and mind-boggling data, but fear not! There’s a plethora of resources out there waiting for you to dive in. Think online courses, podcasts, YouTube tutorials—you name it! So, let’s roll up our sleeves and embark on this learning adventure together.

  • edX: edX provides access to a variety of AI courses from top universities and institutions. Some recommended courses include Artificial Intelligence by Columbia University and Deep Learning by Microsoft.
  • Google Cloud AI Education: Google offers a range of free resources for learning AI, including tutorials, guides, and videos. Machine Learning Crash Course and TensorFlow Tutorials are particularly useful for beginners.
  • Fast.ai: Fast.ai provides practical deep learning for coders, with courses like Practical Deep Learning for Coders and Introduction to Machine Learning for Coders. The materials are freely available, and the courses are designed to be accessible to beginners.
  • Stanford University’s CS231n: This is a free online course on Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition. The course includes lecture videos, slides, and assignments, covering fundamental concepts in deep learning.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: MIT offers free course materials for various AI-related subjects, such as “Introduction to Deep Learning” and “Introduction to Machine Learning.”
  • GitHub: Many AI enthusiasts and experts share their projects, tutorials, and resources on GitHub. You can find a wealth of AI-related repositories covering topics like machine learning algorithms, deep learning frameworks, and AI applications.
  • YouTube: There are numerous YouTube channels dedicated to AI and machine learning tutorials for beginners. Some popular channels include Racheal Tatman and Tech World with Nana.
  • Books: While not online resources, there are many free AI and machine learning books available in digital format. Websites like Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville are available for free online.
  • Podcasts: Podcasts offer a convenient and impactful method for staying up-to-date in the realms of machine learning, data science, and AI. Here are a few women-led podcasts on the topic of AI to inform and inspire you.

Women in AI Podcast: Hosted by Ivana Bartoletti, the Women in AI Podcast features interviews with women leaders and experts in artificial intelligence.

Data Skeptic: Hosted by Kyle Polich and Linda Uruchurtu, Data Skeptic is a podcast that explores topics in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. 

Machine Learning Guide: Hosted by Sara Robinson, the Machine Learning Guide podcast offers practical advice and insights for beginners and professionals in the field of machine learning. 

Not So Standard Deviations: Hosted by Hilary Parker and Roger Peng, Not So Standard Deviations is a podcast about data science, statistics, and the ways in which data shape our world. While not exclusively focused on AI and machine learning, the podcast often discusses topics related to these fields from a data science perspective.

Talking Machines — Hosts Katherine Gorman and Neil Lawrence interview experts and answer listener questions in this machine learning podcast.

Cultivating Your Squad

Ah, networking—the secret sauce to success in any industry. But hey, we’re not talking about stiff, boring networking events here. We’re talking about building genuine connections with like-minded folks who’ve got your back. So, whether it’s joining online communities, attending meetups, or sliding into DMs, let’s cultivate a squad that’ll cheer you on every step of the way.  Wondering where to start with this whole networking thing? Don’t miss our blog post How to network authentically: a guide for women in tech – Girls in Tech.

What’s more, by being a member of Girls in Tech you’ll get the opportunity to connect with mentors, peers, and industry leaders, find support and encouragement, and feel empowered to reach new heights in your tech journey. So, hurry and join Girls in Tech today

Need a dose of inspiration? Meet the leading women in AI today:

AI Companies to Watch in 2024

With the rapid advancement of technology and the increasing demand for AI-powered solutions across industries, more companies are venturing into the AI field than ever before. From startups to established enterprises, organizations are recognizing the transformative potential of AI to enhance efficiency, improve decision-making, and drive innovation. Curious to which companies are leading the way in AI? Check out the top 25 AI Companies of 2024.

Leading the Revolution

And finally, remember this: you’re not just entering the AI field, you’re leading a revolution. Your voice, your ideas, and your contributions matter more than you know. So, let’s dream big, aim high, and together, let’s redefine what’s possible in AI.

In conclusion, the world of AI is buzzing with excitement, and there’s never been a better time for women like us to jump right in. So, embrace the adventure, soak up the knowledge, and let’s crack the code together. 

The future of AI is bright, and with you in the driver’s seat, it’s bound to be extraordinary. Ready to make history? Let’s do this! 🚀