AI4ALL is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in AI education, research, development, and policy. As of December 2020, AI4ALL has impacted 12,300 people in all 50 states and around the world through our programs and our alumni outreach.
The idea for AI4ALL originated in early 2015. Dr. Olga Russakovsky, a Stanford University PhD student at the time, approached her advisor, renowned AI researcher Dr. Fei-Fei Li, with an idea for how to create more access for underrepresented people in the field of artificial intelligence. Later that year, along with Dr. Rick Sommer–Executive Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies–the trio founded SAILORS. This program would be the first of its kind: a summer outreach program for high school girls to learn about human-centered AI.
Seeing the success and impact of SAILORS when his daughter Neha attended in 2016, Rab Govil joined the trio, contributing resources and experience starting and scaling companies, and helping craft the strategy to found AI4ALL as a national nonprofit with the mission to make AI more diverse and inclusive. Li, Russakovsky, Sommer, and Govil became founding board members. In 2017, with funding from Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures, Jensen Huang, and Lori Huang, the four founding board members were able to build a team to bring their vision to reality. Tess Posner, a social entrepreneur with extensive experience in forging career pathways for people from marginalized groups, joined AI4ALL as CEO.
AI4ALL tripled its university partnerships in 2018, launching summer programs at Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, and Simon Fraser University. These programs ran alongside the existing Stanford University and University of California – Berkeley programs. In 2018, AI4ALL Summer Programs educated 150 young people from groups historically excluded from AI. This diverse student body graduated to become the next generation of AI leaders. These leaders are AI4ALL’s Changemakers in AI.
Changemakers in AI is AI4ALL’s alumni community. This community has access to lifelong support, mentorship, grants, and other opportunities, which will help students underrepresented in technical careers to enter and persist in the AI field.
2018 also saw the addition of Dr. Telle Whitney to AI4ALL’s Board of Directors. Dr. Whitney brings extensive experience as a computer scientist and as former CEO and President of AnitaB.org.
In 2019, AI4ALL expanded our Summer Programs to 11 university sites and launched AI4ALL Open Learning, free, approachable AI curriculum for high school teachers to use in classrooms of all subject areas. James Beck, COO of Mayfield Fund joined AI4ALL’s board of directors.
In 2020, AI4ALL expanded our Summer Programs to 16 sites and launched AI4ALL College Pathways, an initiative designed to increase entrance and persistence in AI for college students. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all AI4ALL programs were temporarily transitioned to virtual programs.
AI4ALL is a team of multidisciplinary experts. Our curriculum is developed in-house by experts who have experience with CS and AI education, with the support of advisors who are leaders in academia and industry. Our team brings to the table experience leading large-scale international organizations like AnitaB.org, Black Girls CODE, Carnegie Mellon University, Girls Who Code, and TechHire; running community-based teaching initiatives; and providing access to tech careers for people of all ages who are from groups that have been historically excluded from AI careers. Find out how you can support our work or read more about our impact.