Teens in AI to pitch to industry leaders

26 November 2020

Teams of teen tech entrepreneurs will set out to impress industry heavyweights and mental health leaders at a special Teens in AI Pitchfest event, Friday November 27 (5pm GMT). 

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The Teens in AI initiative, by multi-award winning social impact enterprise Acorn Aspirations, unites students virtually from across the globe to develop innovative artificial intelligence solutions to the most pressing healthcare and societal challenges facing the planet.

Teams of young people aged 11 to 19, representing participants from India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Syria, the UK, and the United States will present their ideas to a panel of mental health, innovation and digital experts and also take questions from a live audience. The event will be livestreamed via YouTube https://youtu.be/Ep_GVPyRCQk

The evening will be hosted by Dr Emilios Lemoniatis- Digital Innovation Lead at The Tavistock and Portman and TeensinAI Mentor

Our Confirmed Panelists include:

  • Peju Oshisanya, AI Ethics and Data Diversity Advocate at Benevolent AI
  • Eamon Devlin, CAMHS Project Manager and Digital Commissioner North Central London CCG
  • Fatima Ahmed, Clinical Lead at Orcha
  • Alex Goforth, NHS England Children’s Mental Health
  • Rebecca Mahallati, Head of Development & External Relations  The Peter Jones Foundation
  • And a special guest appearance from Rubens Filho of Abracademy.

With 300 enterprising young people applying from around the world, Teens in AI creates an opportunity for young minds to join the wider AI and machine learning community through a dedicated accelerator programme. Participants have ideated, experimented, and built software solutions whilst learning about AI and data science for social impact.

Previous Teens in AI events have attracted a diverse cohort of participants including 77% female and 74% from Black and Afro-Caribbean communities, along with neural diverse young people. Participants have worked on challenges presented by NASA, the UCL Knowledge Lab, CARE International, and Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust with representatives from the United Nations and World Health Organisation.

Elena Sinel, Founder and CEO of Acorn Aspirations & Teens in AI said:

“At Teens in AI, we believe that closing the skills gap in STEM will have a positive impact on future employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people and young women in particular. Currently, the education of nearly 1.6 billion students in 190 countries is being affected, with school closures across the globe our AI Accelerator platform offers a way to keep talented young people engaged with the online community of peers and mentors during the pandemic, whilst also upskilling them with industry-relevant skills.”

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said: 
“We’re delighted to be involved in this event and have the opportunity to hear the next generation of tech leaders pitch to technology expert, commissioners and mental health leaders. Finding ways to address mental health issues for young people and wider society needs innovation and inspiration from the next generation - it’s heartening to see young people and the tech industry coming together to find solutions.”

About​ ​Teens in AI- Teens In AI is an Acorn Aspirations initiative existing to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence. Aiming to democratize AI and create opportunities for underrepresented talent through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops, hackathons, boot camps, accelerators, company tours, and networking opportunities, Teens In AI gives young people early exposure to AI for social good to develop a diverse group of thinkers and doers for humanity’s benefit.

About the Tavistock and Portman – The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust have been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing since the First World War. Our history informs our mission and our values – we work to pioneer the development and delivery of effective clinical interventions, and to be a national and international centre of excellence for training and education.


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Watch the livestream! 
November 27, 5pm (GMT)