1M1B Foundation to set up AI Youth Labs in India


· This initiative will bring the power of AI to work in faster achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

· AI Youth Labs to be set up in 50 schools across India this year, of which 10 will be Mobile Labs for rural and underserved schools in Karnataka, AP, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, giving access to over 40-50 schools in these states

New Delhi:1 Million for 1 Billion Foundation (1M1B) has announced the launch of the AI Youth Labs in India. The launch was announced in the presence of Ms. Hawa Diallo, Chief, Civil Society Unit, United Nations Department of Global Communications, New York and Principals of 1M1B partner schools.

The AI Youth Labs is a global innovation lab initiative by 1M1B to accelerate the fulfilment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) using the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI)by the year 2030.The AI Youth Lab will empower and enable youth to ideate and prototype solutions leveraging AI. In India, this initiative will help accelerate disruptive ideas by engaging young talent in the country, providing them support by way of tools and AI mentors from India and the Silicon Valley to bring the best ideas to life.

The AI Youth Lab will be equipped with resources and tools required for students to get a hands-on experience of working with artificial intelligence. With the idea of making learning AI a fun experience, the students will be provided expert mentorship and participation in a range of hot-topic discussions, trainings and hands-on activities to learn about how AI is impacting the society today and how they can use AI for good while developing their skills required to succeed in the age of the Fourth industrial revolution.

On the occasion of the launch, Manav Subodh, Co-founder 1M1B Foundation said, “Over the years, 1M1B has been working closely with youth to create sustainable solutions supporting the SDGs. We are in the decade of action and there is so much to be done if we need to achieve the SDGs by 2030. AI has the power to amplify the impact of the solutions for social good. Through the AI Youth Lab, we believe we can help young boys and girls create more positive impact using AI while they also learn future skills like collaboration, emotional intelligence which will make them job ready for a fast changing future when they step out of school.”

“Youth are key to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Investing in their innovative skills including leadership, entrepreneurship and Artificial Intelligence are key in creating a sustainable present and future” – Hawa Diallo, Chief, Civil Society Unit, Department of Global Communications, United Nations.

A huge component of the AI Lab is the AI Super League (a kind of AI Olympiad) which will offer AI mentoring and get AI talent from India recognition at a national and international level (at UN and Silicon Valley). Some of the unique things that will be offered to students in the lab will be a) For entry level students: Mentoring by a chatbot and an online forum called AI Guru b) For students who move to the national level: Coding support and mentoring by experts from India c) For students who move to international level: Prototype development and mentoring by experts from Silicon Valley.Top students from India will be receive scholarships and will be invited to present their work in a 3-day event (AI Super League finals) at the Silicon Valley.

1M1B will be implementing the AI youth lab is selected 50 schools from Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad and then expand across India.

Over the last few years, through 1M1B’s flagship Future Leaders program, 1M1B has already trained over 6,000 youth from 110 schools on social innovation and UN SDG’s with top students getting an opportunity to showcase their work at the 1M1B Activate Impact Summit at the United Nations, New York.