AI4Good Conference opens today in Montreal

The Montreal edition of AI for Good is taking place this weekend. The objective of the event is to connect the city’s AI ecosystem with the not for profit community in Montreal to encourage collaborations that will lead to improvements in the lives of Montrealers. Essentially, this is finding ways to leverage AI to offer some kind of support to Montrealers in need, addressing the issues of poverty and exclusion in particular.

The conference kicks off this morning with a day-long lineup of speakers who straddle the not for profit and AI sectors, including names like Yoshua Bengio, Doina Precup, Lili-Anna Pereša and more.

Roughly 100 people will take part in a hackathon as well, which is designed to help develop AI based solutions to help not for profit organizations. There are a number of challenges which participants will be asked to solve, such as optimizing supply chains to reduce food waste, digitizing health records and English + French learning to name a few.

“AI4Good is a fantastic opportunity to think outside of the box and encourage bright young minds to act as agents of change in their community,” said David Furlong, Senior Vice-President, Artificial intelligence, Venture Capital and Blockchain at National Bank. “We are proud to support this initiative, particularly here in Montreal, where we have leading experts in artificial intelligence to guide the development of solutions that have a positive impact in people’s lives.”

The event is taking place at Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, 6650 Saint-Urbain as of this morning and runs through 3PM on Sunday. Tickets are sold out, with all proceeds from the event going to Centraide.

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