October 2022 News: TechAid is here

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Hey there,

We’re just days out from TechAid – our version of a charity run in support of some great local causes. Rather than racking up kilometres, we’re excited to put our love of technology front and centre to raise funds for our charity partners: Boyle Street Community Services and the United Way Alberta Capital Region’s Period Promise initiative.

If you haven’t heard, TechAid is a series of events from October 20-22, 2022, including the Reverse Expo (in collaboration with the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta), TechTalks and the Student Developer Conference. Through these events, we’re working to raise $25,000 for our charity partners while also giving an opportunity for people to connect around their love of technology. We will also have donation stations on-site at TechAid events where attendees can donate menstrual products in order to help the United Way eliminate period poverty.

We’re thrilled at the support TechAid has received thus far! While in-person tickets are now sold out, we have virtual tickets still available for TechTalks on October 21, 2022. Meanwhile, until the end of October, we’re encouraging donations for our charity partners through our Canada Helps page.

You don’t need to attend TechAid in order to support these great causes!

We’re so looking forward to TechAid and giving back to our community – if you want to learn about some of the other ways we’re making an impact in Alberta and across the world, I encourage you to check out our 2021.22 Impact Report to learn how AI and Amii can help you Be More…

See you soon,

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October Highlights

Industry & Community Updates:

Research Updates:

Training Updates:

  • The ML Foundations 1 course is a great way to start your AI journey. Registration is now open for the Nov. 3 class.
  • After that, ML Foundations 2 allows you to expand on that knowledge and learn more about technical concepts in AI and ML. Sign up for the next class before Nov. 10.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 12 - Nov. 2: AI Founders Master Class

This series was designed by researchers for researchers. Participants will learn the fundamentals of being a founder and what is required to build an AI startup. Each session will be live and include a substantial Q&A component with the keynote speaker such as Fei-Fei Li, Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, Pieter Abbeel, Director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab and Co-Founder of Covariant, Richard Socher, Founder of, Aidan Gomez of Cohere, and Raquel Urtasun Founder of Waabi. 

Learn more

Oct. 14 - 23: Science for Brunch at Jasper Dark Sky

The Next Frontier: Human-Machine Integration with Patrick Pilarski

Recent rapid advances in artificial intelligence have created new opportunities for humans and machines to interact – and work together to help us reach heights we couldn’t have alone. As space exploration continues to grow, even more frontiers are opening, providing unique ways to think about how humans and AI can interact. Join robot “thinkologist” Patrick Pilarski, a world-leader in AI for robotics, as he discusses the state-of-the-art of human-machine interaction – and how concepts from sci-fi might help inspire the next wave of space exploration technology.

RSVP now

Oct. 18: October AI Meetup

Learn about the latest tools and techniques in machine learning, and explore topics that researchers and industry professionals are thinking about or working on.

  • Adam Danyleyko, Amii's Product Owner – Startups, hosts this month’s AI Meetup, with a focus on legal applications of AI:
  • Randy Goebel (Fellow at Amii & Professor – University of Alberta) will discuss the promise of AI technologies to support the legal reasoning process and address misconceptions of what's possible.
  • Brett Colvin, CEO and Co-Founder, and Parker Smith, CTO, of Goodlawyer will highlight the ways they're using AI to improve access to legal supports and resources for startups and other entrepreneurs.

Learn more

Nov. 15 - 16: IoT North Conference

IoT North Conference is a two-day business and technical conference. Don’t miss this global event for Canada’s future in IoT with hundreds of companies and thousands of connections!

Amii's very own VP, Investments & Partnerships, Russ Erickson will be joining a premier panel of industry experts on positioning Canada as a global leader in artificial intelligence.

More details

Career Opportunities

  • Does helping Canadian companies build competitive advantage by applying the latest and greatest in artificial intelligence and machine learning sound like a lot of fun? Amii is looking for a new Key Account Manager. Apply now!
  • We're also looking for a Sponsorship Manager - Event Sponsorship to help develop and maintain sponsor relationships on multiple levels.
  • Join us as a Community Member focused on creating connections, elevating client experience, and managing a thriving event and workspace.

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