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AUHSD hosts first ever Artificial Intelligence Summit

The Anaheim Union High School District will be hosting the first ever Artificial Intelligence Summit on November 5, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton featuring a diverse group of speakers with affiliations with Google, IBM, UC Irvine, United Nations, Loko AI, the Milken Institute, and the space industry. This hybrid event is invitation only for in-person attendees and is open to the public for virtual live streaming, but registration is required. The purpose of this event is to celebrate AUHSD’s commitment to ensure students are prepared to meet the demands of the future workforce, specifically in the field of artificial intelligence.. The scope and scale of A.I. will radically impact every industry and AUHSD strives to position its students to be the future drivers of A.I. innovation.

Through partnerships with experts from Google, IBM, Loko AI, UCI, Cypress College, and the Milken Institute, the Anaheim Union High School District will be gathering some of the leading minds in artificial intelligence at the A.I. Summit to discuss the promises, practices, challenges, and opportunities in AI with other experts in the field including a showcase of the work from staff and students involved in AUHSD’s A.I. pathway. In addition, the summit intends to draw thousands of virtual participants, including international students.

The Anaheim Union High School District is leading in creating future-ready career pathways in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Incubator/Accelerator Labs, and an A.I. pathway that leads students through the world of artificial intelligence with an emphasis on robotics, computer science, and engineering design. In addition, the Anaheim Union High School District became the first public school district in the nation to offer Google Career Certificates in the future-ready fields of Data Analytics, IT Support, and Project Management.

Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda highlighted the importance of these career pathways and the A.I. Summit: “We are excited to be creating real-world, workforce opportunities for our students in disruptive fields, especially artificial intelligence, and the A.I. Summit gives our students a chance to hear from and connect with experts. The AUHSD intends to lead the country in A.I pathways so that the next generation will be able to solve challenging problems to create a better world.”

Recently, the Anaheim Union High School District partnered with Loko AI to develop an Artificial Intelligence Internship Program to give AUHSD students hands-on, real-world experience using software engineering and machine learning. Mr. Joseph Zaki, who is the Founder and CEO of Loko AI, will be speaking at the A.I. Summit and emphasized the importance of creating opportunities for young people in artificial intelligence and machine learning to introduce the next generation to the field: “We intend to help catalyze Orange County into an AI superhub of job creation, education, community building, and we’re excited to be pushing the frontier of artificial intelligence and machine learning with AUHSD.”

Read below to learn more about the guest speakers at the A.I. Summit:

Matt Horton: Matt Horton is a director at the Milken Institute’s Center for Regional Economics and California Center. He interacts with government officials, business leaders, and other key stakeholders in directing statewide programming and policy initiatives. Horton’s programmatic work at the institute is focused on identifying a variety of financial tools, public policies, and collaborative models that leaders can deploy to increase investments in education, community development, housing, employment, and other areas supporting human capital and place-based economic development.

Adrienne Posner: Adrienne Posner is a Senior Program Manager at Google, where she works on initiatives related to AI education, machine learning, and educational equity. She has a background in the museum world and non-profit industry, and holds advanced degrees in Art History and Comparative Literature. As a former teacher and a child of retired public school teachers, she is most passionate about increasing access and educational opportunity for students underrepresented in the tech industry.

Neil Sahota: Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) AI Advisor, and Professor at UC Irvine. With 20+ years of business experience, Neil works to inspire clients and business partners to foster innovation and develop next generation products/solutions powered by AI. He has helped the United Nations create and launch their AI for Global Good ecosystem, was an early pioneer for IBM Watson, and has convinced Global Fortune 500 companies to forge the first set of products into nascent markets and industries.

Dr. Michaelyn Thomas: Dr. Michaelyn Thomas is a space expert specializing in program management and business operations for complex space systems. She is on a mission to make rocket science affordable in efforts to create equitable access to space for new and existing satellite providers. Michaelyn also identifies as a finance subject matter expert, specializing in cost estimating, cost/price analysis, and comparative and competitive pricing for complex space systems; an organizational leadership subject matter expert, specializing in building strong and productive teams coupled with an equity, diversity, and inclusion mindset at the core of organizational structures; and as a space policy analyst, researching how the market drives and influences space systems development and implementation.

Joseph Zaki: Joseph Zaki is the Founder & CEO at Loko AI. Joseph is building the future with Machine Learning and Synthetic Data to solve the hardest security, surveillance, public safety and loss prevention problems facing the world. He has 20 years of Hollywood blockbuster visual effects experience delivering ground-breaking visual effects, virtual reality and mixed reality for top Hollywood studios, advertising agencies, Fortune 500 companies and AAA Game Studios.

This article was released by the Anaheim Union High School District.