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Women in Tech: The Future of AI

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Banatao Auditorium

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Women in Tech: The Future of AI

Friday, November 16, 2018
11:00am - 5:00pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Since Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer program nearly 200 years ago, women have contributed to the advancement of computing and helped pave the way for today’s artificial intelligence (AI). Today, women are pushing the frontiers of AI in applications from robotics to recruiting, from startups to venture capital. Equally far-reaching are women’s contributions to investigate AI’s social, ethical, and legal implications. For all the promise of new technology, AI can exacerbate negative effects when it reinforces biases and inequalities.

Estimates show that women comprise only 13.5 percent of those working in machine learning, one of the fastest growing technology fields. This well-recognized gender gap continues to deter talent and diminish potential for the field, which will affect innumerable aspects of our economy and everyday lives.

WITI@UC imagines a different future.

At this year’s symposium, we will highlight the experiences of women in AI and explore our collective future with representatives from established companies, startups, academia, and the public sector.

The event will also feature the WITI@UC Athena Awards recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology.

The symposium is open to everyone, encouraging a broader audience to join the conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences, establish new connections, and collectively champion the advancement of women in technology.


11:00 Welcoming Remarks

11:15 Keynote Fireside Chat with Ellen Ullman, Author of Life in Code, and Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley

12:00 Lunch and Breakout Sessions

12:45 Break

1:00 Panel I: Accountability in the Future of AI

AI is increasingly applied to areas that directly affect human life – from education and employment to criminal justice and health care. While these applications hold great promise, ill-considered applications can reinforce inequalities or have other unintended consequences. This panel explores strategies to better ensure the future of AI is inclusive, fair, and just.

1:45 Panel II: Building the Future of AI

AI promises to power some of the most innovative solutions across industries and sectors. Meet some of the leading technologists laying the groundwork to build our collective future. This panel will discuss novel applications of AI and its implications more broadly.

2:30 Keynote Speaker: Amy Heineike, VP of Product Engineering, Primer AI

3:00 WITI@UC Athena Awards Presentations

3:45 Closing Remarks

4:00 Networking Reception

5:00 Adjourn

Additional speakers to be announced.

Presented by the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Women in Tech Symposium Presenters and Sponsors


SkyDeck, One IT, The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley Staff Learning and Development, plus more to be announced.


Fung Institute

Additional sponsors to be announced. Please inquire about strategic partnership opportunities with the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California through the contact info below.

For event questions or more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Jennifer Mangold, PhD, Program Manager, WITI@UC, jmangold@berkeley.edu
Emily Sawicki, Development Coordinator, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, esawicki@citris-uc.org


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please visit http://citris-uc.org/visitor-information/ for venue info.

What is the ticket refund policy?

Due to the limited number of tickets available to our events we apply the following cancellation and refund policy:

  • Requests for refunds received more than fourteen (14) working days prior to the date of the event will receive a full refund
  • Requests for refunds received within fourteen (14) working days of the event date, refund will not be given

Cancellation requests should be made via email to cmartinez@citris-uc.org.

If, for any reason, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute has to cancel an event we will notify you by email if you have provided that information upon registration and will refund your ticket in full.

When do I get my refundable deposit back?

If a refundable deposit applies to your ticket, your deposit will be processed within one (1) business after the event has passed. Refunds can take up to 5 business days to show on your account. More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/support/articles/en_US/How_To/can-i-get-a-refund?lg=en_US

More questions?

Please contact witi@berkeley.edu for additional questions.

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