Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania’s President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, will be participating in the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference on October 6, 2020 to discuss BGCWPA’s Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute and Teen Accelerator program. As described on the NVIDIA website, “NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is the must attend digital event for developers, researchers, engineers, and innovators looking to enhance their skills, exchange ideas, and gain a deeper understanding of how AI will transform their work. Discover the latest breakthroughs in AI, HPC, graphics, data science and more. ” Upwards of 50,000 attendees are scaled to attend this virtual event.

As Dr. Palmieri will share, BGCWPA’s PA Smart Awarded, AIPI + Teen Accelerator is not your average summer camp or after school program. A pioneering and first of its kind program in the region and at this point, nationally, AIPI is an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow. We do this by supporting the study of computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering and other closely related subjects by connecting youth to project based learning, mentorship/career exposure and connections to higher-education and industry. From trash cans that sort trash and recycling on its own to wearable devices that help treat drug addiction and more, youth will be exposed to Pittsburgh companies using artificial intelligence to solve big problems and solve some problems for them as well by coding neural networks, bots and apps.

In partnership with PPG, the PPG AI Pathways Institute and Teen Accelerator is a three- week summer and after school program to introduce youth to artificial intelligence, human centered design and STEM careers for rising 9th-11th grade students (ages 14-17) with a passion for technology — especially students from historically untapped groups in the field. AI and the fourth industrial revolution will impact every aspect of people’s lives, yet AI and machine learning has a diversity problem. Robust partnerships with leading institutions of higher education and industry, such as our primary sponsor, PPG Industries, are critical to the real-world projects AIPI members tackle.

“With the support of PPG and the PPG Foundation, we are helping students from historically untapped groups in these fields develop technical skills and confidence in their abilities, while encouraging them to build personal and professional connections with a diverse group of peers who share similar passions,” said Dr. Lisa explains.

BGCWPA is honored to be a part of the 2020 NVIDIA GTC to help spread awareness of the need for equity in AI and STEM as well as share our quality, affordable STEM programming and opportunities for youth. Learn more about BGCWPA STEM programs.