AWS Global AI Challenge

AI Education: An Economic Imperative

Introductory Programs for Women & BIPOC Youth (ages 18-24+)

AWS Global AI Challenge

Our free annual event, The AWS Global AI Challenge, launched in 2019, has the potential to reach millions of marginalized women, higher ed students and entrepreneurs through our education, government and corporate partners. It is our goal to provide beginner-level women, underserved college/university students and entrepreneurs with free cloud education, live mentoring/coaching and access to scholarships, apprenticeships, job opportunities, startup accelerators, funding and more!

OBJECTIVES
  • In rapid response to COVID-19, fuel progress in the area of economic opportunity and cloud education for global women and underrepresented youth, leveraging AWS
  • Explore how companies and governments can collaborate with educators to prepare students for the #FutureOfWork and #Entrepreneurship.
  • Increase youth civic participation and advance more inclusive education and economic policies for women and underrepresented youth.
  • Help female, underrepresented youth and entrepreneurs find career training, mentorship, leadership development, networking opportunities, employment and funding in a tech industry that is predominantly male and white.
  • Use AI/ML as a meaningful tool for improving people’s lives and solving some of society’s biggest challenges – addressing the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

2022 Global Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge MARCH 19 - MAY 7, 2022 (Saturdays)

Amplify Your Voice! Your Future. Your Country.

  • Free virtual event for women, underserved college/university students and entrepreneurs (ages 18+)
  • Innovate. Create. Explore a New Career Pathway.
  • No AI Experience Required (for Level I). Coding Experience Helpful.

Learn to Build an Alexa Skill or Get Deeper on the Alexa Skills Kit

Compete on multi-national teams to win scholarships toward AWS training and certification!
– $20,500 (USD) in scholarships toward AWS training & exam certification will be awarded to winning teams! 9 top project teams from each competition level will be selected to deliver their fast-pitch demos at the Virtual Global Innovation Summit – AWS Demo Day, competing for the chance to win scholarships toward AWS training & certification exams (prizes must be used within 6 months of award).

This year we are offering two training – competition levels:  
Level 1: Get Started for Beginner Alexa Builders
Level 2: Get Deeper for Experienced Alexa Developers (Intermediate+)

Join Other Innovators Tackling our World's Biggest Problems

Experience the 5-minute video highlights from our ’21 Global Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge program, supported y 40+ partners across the globe. Credit to Daniel Chidi Ezimadu at Danisoft Solution for his team’s amazing videography.

  • 2021 Participants from Nigeria 72% 72%
  • 2021 Participants from USA 19% 19%
  • 2021 Participants from Mexico 5% 5%
  • 2021 Participants from Brazil 3% 3%
  • 2021 Participants from Kenya 2% 2%
  • 2021 Participants from India 2% 2%

2022 Schedule/Curriculum

This program is aimed at beginners who have never built an Alexa skill (Level 1) and intermediate+ participants who have previous experience building an Alexa skill (Level 2). The program uses similar methods of explaining the basics as other books and tutorials available. It differs in that the training is live instructor-led, includes mentoring, and all the lessons and demos aim to get you building on AWS and imagining what is possible with voice and cloud technology. This program will teach you to build an Alexa skill using Amazon Web Services (AWS), encourage you to use artificial intelligence to solve real world problems, and introduce you to essential professional skills, career-development tools, resources & learning.

Plan to spend 20+ hours using these lessons and working with your team to complete your project.

Designed to accommodate multiple time zones:

Online Training:

  • Saturdays March 19 – May 7, 10:00am – 1:55pm EST | 4:00pm – 7:55pm WAT

Team Build Sessions:

  • Saturdays Apr 16 11:30am – 12:25pm EST | 5:30pm – 6:25pm WAT and Apr 23 – May 1, 10:00am – 10:55am EST | 4:00pm – 4:55pm WAT
  • You will have these 4 weeks to work independently with your team and mentor to complete and submit your projects.

Mentor Office Hours:

  • Saturdays 12:00pm -1:55pm EST | 6:00pm – 7:55pm WAT

Final Project Submissions Due:

  • Saturday May 1, 1:00pm EST | 7:00pm WAT – Code Freeze + Submit to the Alexa Skill Store
  • Saturday May 7, 1:00pm EST | 7:00pm WAT – Video Fast-Pitch Demo

 

Labels: Required, Recommended, or Optional  

WEEK 1 – Saturday 3/19/22 

Getting Started – Welcome!

 

Time  Topic Format Label

 

10:00am – 10:10am EST | 4:00pm – 4:10pm WAT

 

 

2022 Event Kickoff

Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required

10:10am – 10:55am EST | 4:10pm – 4:55pm WAT

11:00am – 11:45am EST | 5:00pm – 5:45pm WAT

Keynote #1

 

Keynote #2

 

KeyLive Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
12:15pm -1:10pm EST | 6:15pm – 7:10pm WAT Microsoft Teams Training Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
1:15pm – 3:10pm EST | 7:15pm – 9:10pm WAT

Getting Started/Alexa Demo

Create Your Game Plan & Open AWS Developer Account

Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required

 

WEEK 2 – Saturday 3/26/22

Interaction Model Deep-Dive!

Time  Topic Format Label
10:00am – 10:55am EST | 5:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Interaction Model – Deep Dive Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required

9:00am – 9:55am EST | 3:00pm – 3:55pm WAT

 

UX/UI Designing for Voice Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
10:00am -11:55am EST | 4:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Office Hours Live With Trainer Required

WEEK 3 – Saturday 4/2/22

Application Logic

Time Topic Format Label
10:00am – 10:55am EST | 5:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Stanford Design Thinking Process Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
9:00am – 9:25am EST | 6:00pm – 6:25pm WAT Office Hours Live With Trainer Required
9:30am – 10:25am EST | 6:30pm – 7:25pm WAT Application Logic Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
10:30am -11:55am EST | 7:30pm – 8:55pm WAT Office Hours Live With Trainer Required
12:00pm – 12:55pm EST | 9:00pm – 9:55pm WAT Unleashing Computer Vision on the Edge Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
**Teams & mentors assigned between Week 3 & 4**

WEEK 4 – Saturday 4/9/22

Publishing Your Skill

Time Topic Format Label
10:00am – 10:55am EST | 5:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Publishing Your Skill Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
9:00am – 9:55am EST | 6:00pm – 6:55pm WAT Office Hours Live With Your Trainer Required
10:00am -10:30am EST | 7:00pm – 7:30pm WAT Team-Building / Mind-Mapping  First Group Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
10:30am -10:55am EST | 7:30pm – 7:55pm WAT Team-Building / Mind-Mapping  Second Group Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
11:00am -11:45am EST | 8:00pm – 8:45pm WAT Kanban Activity  First Group Live With Your Mentor Required
12:00pm – 12:45pm EST | 9:00pm – 9:45pm WAT Kanban Activity  Second Group Live With Your Mentor Required

WEEK 5 – Saturday 4/16/22

Let’s Build!

 

Time Topic Format Label
10:00am – 11:25am EST | 4:00pm – 5:25pm WAT

Cybersecurity Workshop

Global Workforce Discussion

Live Workshop / Will Be Recorded Required
11:30am – 12:25pm EST | 5:30pm – 6:25pm WAT Team Project-Build Breakout Session Live With Your Mentor Required

 12:00pm -1:55pm EST | 6:00pm – 7:55pm WAT

Weekly Mentor Office Hours or Schedule With Your Mentor Live With Your Mentor
Required

 

**Training is Now Complete. Please Schedule Mentor & Team Meetings for Weeks 6 – 8**

WEEK 6 – 4/23/22          

Project Build Continued

Time Topic Format Label
10:00am – 11:55am EST |  4:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Team Build Sessions Live With Your Teams Required
12:00pm -1:55pm EST | 6:00pm – 7:55pm WAT Weekly Mentor Office Hours or Schedule With Your Mentor Live With Your Mentor Required

WEEK 7 – 4/30/22          

Project Build Continued

 

Time Topic Format Label
10:00am – 11:55am EST |  4:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Team Build Sessions Live With Your Teams Required
12:00pm -1:55pm EST | 6:00pm – 7:55pm WAT Weekly Mentor Office Hours or Schedule With Your Mentor4 Live With Your Mentor Required

WEEK 8 – 5/1/22          

Project Build Continued

 

Time Topic Format Label
10:00am – 11:55am EST |  4:00pm – 5:55pm WAT Team Build Sessions Live With Your Teams Required
12:00pm -1:55pm EST | 6:00pm – 7:55pm WAT Weekly Mentor Office Hours or Schedule With Your Mentor Live With Your Mentor Required
FINAL PROJECT SUBMISSIONS DUE      
  • Saturday May 1, 1:00pm EST | 7:00pm WAT – Code Freeze + Submit to the Alexa Skill Store
  • Saturday May 7, 1:00pm EST | 7:00pm WAT – Video Fast-Pitch Demo

2021 Impact Highlights – Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge

(In partnership with Amazon Web Services and We Connect The Dots, Inc.)

2019 Impact Highlights – AWS Chatbot Challenge

(In partnership with Amazon Web Services and WomenOfAI.org)

The 2019 AWS Chatbot Challenge was initiated to ensure that young individuals with some coding experience have the needed skills to become gainfully employed and fulfilled. The program was targeted at up-skilling young individuals in San Diego and beyond with cloud, AI and entrepreneurial skills.
OBJECTIVES
To explore:
  • What technology can do for governments and our communities
  • How employers, educators and governments can work together to ensure high school and college students receive a quality, affordable education and are prepared for digital transformation in the workplace
SOCIAL IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS
Students registered: 61; 51% male/49% female, ages ranging from ~20 – 34

27 colleges and universities

Geography: Southern California and Mexico — we are making a cross-border impact!

Education level: High school grads, Associates and Baccalaureate degrees

AWS experience level: 96% Beginner/4% Intermediate

Mentors, Judges, Volunteers: 22 (local IT and tech professionals)

Keynote/Panel Speakers: 8 leaders in tech: Erica Lee (Founder, WomenOfAI.org), JJ Digeronimo (President, TechSavvyWomen), Bridget Kimball (Athena Board Member, VP and Chief Architect, Intuit Consumer Group), Shannon Maas (Senior Software Engineer at Netflix), Feyzi Fatehi (Chairman and CEO of Corent Technology), Luis Martinez, (MSOL, Director Startup Grind San Diego) Vanessa Miranda (VP LatinaGeeks San Diego, VP Girls in Tech San Diego), Franky Fuentes, Ph.D. (Data Driven Diversity & Inclusion Scholar) Christiana Russell (Panel Moderator, M.Ed, Founding Member at San Diego Tech Hub)
Panel Topics: 1) How we can close the gender and racial gap in tech with the support of education policy; 2) What tech companies can do to move the needle on equity, diversity, and inclusion
Trainers: 2 technology professionals: Sam Rastovich (ThingLogix, AWS Public Sector Partner) and Franky Fuentes, Ph.D. (Data Driven Diversity & Inclusion Scholar)

Future-Proof Your Career!

COVID-19 has raised the economic stakes.

COVID-19 has caused historical job losses and spurred the #GreatReshuffle.

COVID-19 has intensified inequities by gender, race, ethnicity, and income worldwide.

There’s a high risk that gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment, voice and agency built over the past decades will reverse.

Technological adoption and innovation have accelerated, and automation is perhaps now a bigger threat than it has ever been to low- and middle-income workers.

~100 million additional people have been forced into poverty with middle-income countries significantly effected.

Learn In-Demand Cloud Skills for FREE While Solving Some of Society’s Biggest Challenges!

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