Teens in AI – innovation for the future

7 August 2020

Our Trust celebrates its centenary this year, but even as we reflect on our history, we know that the future will be led by innovation. 

Artifical Intelligence

We’re delighted therefore to be part of the North Central London team supporting The Teens In AI (Artificial Intelligence) initiative.

Teens in AI involves teams of young people working to develop ideas to support young people’s mental health.  It aims to give young people early exposure to AI being developed and deployed for social good.

Through a combination of Teens in AI’s own hackathons, accelerators, and bootcamps together with expert mentoring, talks, company tours, workshops, and networking opportunities the program creates the platform for young people aged 12-18 to explore AI, machine learning, and data science.

The young people selected as part of Teens in AI’s current accelerator programme have been set a challenge to develop ideas and products that can support young people’s mental wellbeing.  During the two week programme, the young people have learned about artificial intelligence and technology from world leading tech mentors and speakers, including representatives from Mastercard, Microsoft, and IBM.

Each group is also supported by a team of North Central London (NCL) health professionals who are working on the development of a new NCL Children’s Mental Wellbeing Website, as the young people innovate their own projects.  

Our own Paul Jenkins will join the judging panel to determine the winning project at an event on August 7, but regardless of the outcome, all the young people are commended for their commitment to helping improve mental health wellbeing through technological innovation.

The Tavistock and Portman’s Emilios Lemoniatis is among the clinicians supporting the young people through the learning process.

Emilios, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and our Digital Innovation lead, said:

“We have four teams we’ve been mentoring them through the design phases the past few days. The level of involvement from the young people is incredible, and its inspiring to know they are truly going to be shaping our future. The level of training they are receiving through the accelerator programme is second to none, and I myself am learning alongside them about AI ethics, design and innovation from industry leaders.

“The quality of the talks is incredible, and I’m truly grateful NHS clinicians and the technology industry have been able to come together to support these young people.”

Launched at the AI for Good Global Summit at the UN in May 2018, the initiative exists to inspire the next generation of AI researchers, entrepreneurs and leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.

Find out more: teensinai.com/accelerator

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