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The Future of AI and You

March 8 @ 12:00 - 13:30 CST

WAI Ireland, Microsoft, and Confirm Centre present this live virtual event Choose to Challenge: The Future of AI and You.

This event is designed for non-experts by following a language that is suitable for all ages from secondary school students and onwards including professionals, to familiarize them with the basics of AI. The event kicks-off with a short introduction about the activities ahead with speakers from Women in AI Ireland, Microsoft DreamSpace, and Confirm Centre. Following this, the audience will be brought on a learning journey about Artificial Intelligence, it’s role in society now, the myths around this and what this means for the future and you.

Event Date: 8 March 2021 from 12:00 to 13:30

Event Location: Virtual – Microsoft Teams https://aka.ms/IWD/AIandYou


  • 12:00 – 12:15: Welcome
  • 12:15 – 12:45: “What is AI?” by Amanda Jolliffe
  • 12:45 – 13:00: “AI myths and facts” by Sean O’Brien
  • 13:00 – 13:15: “I know what you want to watch next” by Begüm Genç.

Our Speakers:

  1. Amanda Jolliffe DreamSpace Lead at Microsoft Ireland. Amanda Jolliffe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (Physical Education and Biology) from DCU in 2011, a professional diploma in Education Studies (Computational Thinking) from UCD in 2019 and is currently studying a MEd. in Leadership (UCD). From 2011 to 2017, she was a secondary school teacher in Dublin, with an additional leadership role from 2015 in the area of digital learning.  Her interests include the role of education technology and STEM in promoting key skills and competencies, methods to improve diversity in STEM fields (gender, socio-economic backgrounds etc) and the holistic education of young people. Amanda leads the teaching & learning execution and strategy of DreamSpace at Microsoft Ireland.
  2. Sean O’Brien, Education, Public Engagement & Training manager with CONFIRM, the Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre for smart manufacturing. Having qualified as a Science Teacher in 2012, Sean went on to lead STEM education and outreach initiatives in Limerick and surrounding counties, which focused on enhancing perceptions of and attitudes towards STEM subjects particularly among children and young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Sean’s role with CONFIRM is centred around building the capacity of the CONFIRM research community to engage with stakeholders outside of academia. The aim of the CONFIRM Education and Public Engagement programme is to increase public understanding of and engagement with STEM research particularly in relation to Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and technological advancement. The EPE programme also aims to address the low levels of female representation in manufacturing and technology sectors through a range of activities and events specifically aimed at females.
  3. Begüm Genç Cork Community Lead at Women In AI. Begüm Genç is a Post-doctoral researcher working in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at University College Cork (UCC). She graduated ranking first in the Computer Engineering Department at Izmir University of Economics. Subsequently, she completed her MSc thesis on information visualization for biological pathways as a member of the i-Vis research group at Bilkent University. In 2014, she joined the Optimisation and Decision Analytics group at Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC for her Ph.D. She has also been lecturing part-time at local colleges. The vast amount of her experience thus far is on automated reasoning, discrete optimization, constraint satisfaction, and applying AI solutions to real-world problems. She is passionate about designing trustworthy AI with a focus on explanation, fairness, and gender-related issues. The scope of her research and voluntary work entails, actively working on organizing talks, events, and workshops both virtual and physical.

Moderator: Buvana Ganesh, Event Support in Women in AI Ireland and PhD student at University College Cork.

The event is free and open for everyone to join. Register to secure your spot!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Women in AI – Team Ireland


March 8
12:00 - 13:30 CST
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