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AI for Social Impact: Conference on Business, Technology, and Human Rights

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Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th Floor)

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

2220 Piedmont Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720

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AI for Social Impact: 2019 Conference on Business, Technology, and Human Rights

When talking about artificial intelligence, or AI, positive social impact is often not the first thing that comes to mind. Some think about AI as an amorphous, hard-to-understand, futuristic technology that will bring about more harm than good. These fears may stem from the complex and opaque nature of AI—and key actors across society must come together to discuss, debate, and solve the underlying challenges that are giving rise to these fears. Nevertheless, it is important to also explore the positive impact that AI can bring to humans and society.

The third annual Berkeley-Microsoft Conference on Business, Technology, and Human Rights will focus on the role and responsibility of business to scale AI for social impact. From tackling large-scale global challenges, such as poverty, education, and disease, to addressing local issues that disproportionately affect vulnerable groups, the 2019 Conference will bring together students, practitioners, experts, and leaders from business, academia, and civil society to explore questions, such as:

  • How will business develop, use, and scale AI to address local and global challenges?
  • How will business scale AI in a responsible way that does not infringe on human rights?
  • How will business, in collaboration with key stakeholders, adequately measure the positive impact of AI?

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center (Berkeley Law), the Center for Responsible Business (Haas), Microsoft, and the Microsoft Technology and Human Rights Center, the goal of the 2019 Conference is to build greater awareness of the positive impact of AI, but also recognize the potential downsides, risks, or unintended consequences of this technology. Participants from across industries and sectors will offer real-world examples, case studies, and best practices on how business can responsibly develop and deploy AI to generate positive social impact across the value chain. Participants will also have ample opportunities to network with current practitioners, experts, and students, who will be our future leaders in this space.

The conference will include a light breakfast, lunch, and closing reception. For those interested in attending a related event the following day, our sister organization is hosting a conference on "Women in Tech: The Future of AI." Please find registration details here.

Conference Agenda (Confirmed Speakers and Bio's):

8:30 am – Light Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am – Welcome Remarks and Level Setting

9:15 am – AI for Diversity and Inclusion

10:15 am – Networking Break

10:30 am – AI for Child Rights

12:00 pm – Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – AI for Migrants and Refugees

2:00 pm – Networking Break

2:15 pm – AI for Accessibility

2:45 pm – AI for Good Jobs

3:45 pm – Networking Break

4:00 pm – What's Next? The Future of AI for Social Impact

5:00 pm – Networking Reception

Chatham House Rule: The conference will be held under Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to share what they have learned, but cannot attribute any statement to specific individuals or organizations.

Parking and Directions: The 2019 Conference will be hosted at Spieker Forum, which is located in Chou Hall. Chou Hall is located at the Haas School of Business. Directions can be found here.

It is highly recommended to park at the Stadium Parking Garage. During peak parking hours (9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Mon – Fri), University parking areas are often filled to capacity. Stadium Parking Garage is located across from Haas at 2175 Gayley Road (Piedmont Avenue turns into Gayley Road).

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Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th Floor)

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

2220 Piedmont Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720

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