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The Artificial Intelligence (AI) strand of our Stronger Together programme aims to develop specialised skills that will enable young leaders to design AI-based solutions responding to social and climate challenges.

Hence, the British Council is joining forces with Microsoft Hellas to develop a hackathon during which young people will explore and showcase the power of artificial intelligence for the common good.

AI is seen as a technology that has the power to solve some of the biggest global challenges facing us today. Young people have the power to influence the future of AI and whether it will be used as a tool for shaping solutions to real problems. It is a field in which they will be called to act critically, influence others and support wider society. It is crucial to channel our youth leadership work towards a field that will enable young people to be at the forefront of progress as actors of positive impact through social action.

We are running several activities as a part of our programme in 2022–23:

  • online focus groups in October 2022
  • face-to-face hackathons in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland and Hungary at the end of November/early December 2022
  • online policy dialogue event in January 2023.

Focus Groups

The online focus groups aim to provide opportunities for dialogue on the use of AI for the common good, allowing for young people’s views to be shaped into recommendations. These recommendations will be presented in a final policy dialogue bringing youth together with high level representatives from academia, business and policy.

Our first online focus group took place on Friday 7 October 2022, 12.00–14.00 CET.

Hackathon

Join our hackathon, where young people with a background in artificial intelligence (AI) and social innovation will form teams and generate creative ideas to respond to current social needs and the challenges of the global climate crisis. The winning team will be awarded with a study visit to a relevant AI project/institution in the UK in February 2023.

The hackathon took place on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2022 at Serafio City of Athens.

Partners

The programme is powered by Microsoft Hellas and delivered in collaboration with DAEM – City of Athens IT Company, Athens Partnership and “Athena” Research Center, under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital Governance and the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

The programme is hosted at Serafio City of Athens.

Online Policy Dialogue

Details to be announced soon.