UNESCO and VIVA Tech join forces to recognize AI-based solutions that benefit people and planet

UNESCO has joined forces with VivaTech, Europe’s largest start up and tech event, to host a startup challenge on AI for human rights. Startups were asked for their solutions on how to harness AI to tackle challenges related to biodiversity, gender equality and language barriers. Selected finalists reflect UNESCO’s commitment to ensuring access to information and harnessing new technologies to improve people’s lives and tackle sustainable development challenges.
Earlier this year, UNESCO and VivaTech launched a call for AI-based solutions that benefit people and the planet. In three challenges startups were asked to share their ideas on how to use technology to address challenges related to biodiversity, gender bias, and cracking language barriers.

Based on the selection of the final projects below, a pitch event will occur in person at Viva Tech on 16 June. Nine selected startups will present their ideas at a pitch event at Viva Tech. One finalist per challenge will be awarded the winning position, with a trophy from Viva Tech.

The judges for the pitch event are:

Marielza Oliveira, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring Communications and Information Sector, UNESCO
Jamil Seftaoui, Director, Gender Equality, Cabinet of the Director-General, UNESCO
Jean Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
Damien Gromier, CEO and co-founder, StartUp Inside, UNESCO AI For the Planet partner
Vincent Viollain, Head of Partnerships, Viva Tech

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