Kickstart Program

Amplifying opportunities for women in AI.

Kickstart is a career development program for women and female-identifying students at an Undergraduate to Postdoctoral level, as well as early-career professionals who recently completed their studies in STEM.

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About the program

The Kickstart program, a new program evolving from last year's popular AlbertaWomen.AI series, welcomes like-minded early-career women and female-identifying individuals who are gearing up to start their careers in AI.

Participants will engage in meaningful conversations with a diverse network of peers and mentors to learn more about the AI ecosystem and how to start growing their careers as part of this emerging industry.

Diversity strengthens a talent pool. In the complex field of artificial intelligence, strong technical ability, theoretical imagination, and varied perspectives prove equally essential in creating products--while producing positive outcomes--that serve economic, social, and cultural advancement.

We’re thrilled to produce a participant-driven program that moves us towards a more inclusive AI workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

This is an opportunity to make meaningful connections with peers and mentors, while also having the ability to ask the hard questions and dig into lived experiences. I can't wait to meet our 2021 participants!

Destani Engel, Program Coordinator - Talent

Program Details

The program includes five sessions from April to August for women and female-identifying students at an Undergraduate to Postdoctoral level, as well as early-career professionals who recently completed their studies in STEM.

The program will offer:

  • Exposure to companies and career opportunities in AI-related fields
  • Increased technical knowledge and understanding of applied machine learning
  • Access to diverse female-identifying mentors in STEM-related organizations
  • A network of like-minded peers from a range of levels of skill sets and experiences

Applications for the program have closed. We look forward to providing an update on program progress with you in the near future.

For more information, please contact us at hello@amii.ca.


Thank you to our Kickstart supporters for their dedication to creating opportunities for women in AI.

A Shared Vision for the Future of Alberta's AI Community

Kickstart is an evolution of the very successful AlbertaWomen.AI program that ran in 2020. AlbertaWomen.AI continues to be a powerful message to our community about the role that Amii and vital female community leadership play in inspiring and encouraging more women to choose AI as their career path.

Additional opportunities that align with this vision for Alberta's AI ecosystem include:

Thank you to AlbertaWomen.AI Co-Founders/Co-Chairs and Kickstart mentors Yasmin Jivraj and Bernie Kollman for their ongoing contributions and commitment to moving opportunities for women in STEM forward.

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