The AWS Lofts are a place where startups and developers can meet over coffee, work on their apps, attend educational sessions, and get in-person answers to AWS technical questions – all at no cost.

Gain hands-on experience through free technical workshops on serverless, containers, IoT, and more. Or, sharpen your business acumen by attending best practice sessions that include PR, legal, and funding. Plus, network and learn first-hand from other hot startups, VCs, and accelerators.

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July 11-14

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June 20

Hands-on Natural Language AI

Practical AI for Female Engineers, Product Managers, and Designers.

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June 21

Film Screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

With computer science now touching almost every aspect of life, women and minorities are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking more skilled workers. With humor and optimism, CODE considers the importance of creating a more balanced tech workforce delivering superior products designed by and for all. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code and how do we get there? We are excited for you to see this film because it highlights the importance of our community working together to close the gender and minority gap in tech.  

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June 29

Financing 101 for Startups | AWS Activate Business Series

This session is a must-attend for any early stage startup looking to raise capital, and wanting to learn more about the various forms of capital and when to use them. Join David Ambler, a corporate attorney at Cooley LLP, as he covers startup financing strategies, including debt and equity, common financing terminology, and best practices for fund raising.

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10AM-6PM

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10AM-8PM

Hands-on Natural Language AI

Practical AI for Female Engineers, Product Managers, and Designers.

9:30AM-10:00AM | Check-In

10:00AM-10:30AM | Welcome

Twain, the event organizer, invites attendees to participate in an interactive exercise on perceptions and how this affects the way we classify data in AI. We’ll take a look at some neuroscience research on how men and women think and solve problems differently and how this can be complementary.

10:30AM-12:30PM | Making Alexa Skills

There are now 12,500+Alexa Skills in the Amazon store and this looks to increase with the addition of Alexa-enabled devices such as Echo Look and Echo Show, and with the announcement that Amazon will be paying developers for Skills that are popular and perform well.

In this hands-on workshop, Alexa trainer Jenn JinHong will be leading us through how to use the Alexa Developer Console to create voice intents, utterance schemas, lambda functions, testing our Skill on echosim.io and submitting our Skill for publishing on Amazon’s store.  

12:30PM-1:30PM | Lunch (sponsored by Shiseido Americas Corp, a technology pioneer)

1:30PM-2:30PM | Data design in AI and how it affects opportunities

There have been articles on MIT Technology ReviewBloombergArsTechnicaQuartz and Inverse on how biases in data sets affect the way that AI is trained and how it surfaces recommendations --- from products to employment opportunities and discrimination.

In this session, Twain Liu will show how some of the binary data inputs and psychometrics models such as Implicit Assumptions Test can affect how systems profile us for opportunities.

2:30PM-2:45PM | Break

2:45PM-4:45PM | Word2Vec workshop

Google's Word2Vec was released in July 2013 and quickly got adopted by the AI community in Natural Language Processing (NLP) projects for trying to find the relationships and correlations between words.  

Unfortunately, subsequent research has found Word2Vec to be biased.  

Meanwhile, the Implicit Assumptions Test (IAT) has been used in market research and psychometric surveying since it was created by Professors Tony Greenwald (University of Washington), Mazarin Banaji (Harvard University), and Brian Nosek (University of Virginia).

Unfortunately, subsequent research has found IAT is also biased.  

Both tools affect the data that's been collected over the years; data that now trains the AI. This means that biases are being, inadvertently, propagated.

In this workshop, Rachel Thomas, lecturer at USF's Data Science Institute, co-founder at fast.ai which has a mission to democratize AI and a Maths PhD, will take us through an example of how text is genderized by Word2Vec and IAT.

Importantly, Rachel will teach us how to troubleshoot against biases.

4:45PM-5.00PM | Break

5:00PM-5.30PM | Brainstorming solutions to reduce biases

Attendees will be put into groups of 5 and invited to brainstorm and propose solutions for data and AI that's more representative and better for everyone.  

The best 5 solutions, as voted by attendees, are what we'll collectively plan for, action and implement after the workshop.  

5.30PM --- End of workshop.

6:00PM-7.00PM | Presentation by Pat Inc on NLU

Pat Inc has a vision to humanize human conversations with machines in a different way from Deep Learning approaches. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Palo Alto with R&D facilities in Sydney, Australia, the startup is building the next generation ‘meaning as a service provider’ for all AI based applications in the market. Pat Inc's algorithms integrate Role and Reference Grammar models (RRG) with a patented semantic network.

Pat Inc notes that the forecasted demand for AI apps by IDC research is valued at $40 billion across Google, IBM, Amazon and Microsoft platforms by 2020.

Beth Carey, CEO and co-founder of Pat Inc, will be flying in from Sydney, Australia to share their startup journey with the audience. Prior to co-founding Pat Inc, Beth was a senior manager in IBM Global Technology Services with responsibility for over 150 technical professionals and delivered Event Management and Capacity Management to outsourced clients of IBM's. She has a Bachelor in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy.  

John Ball. CTO and co-founder of Pat Inc, will share an overview of the research the team did over ten years to arrive at their model, the challenges in NLU that they're solving and what's on their roadmap. Pat will be releasing a set of developer APIs over upcoming months, so this presentation will provide a preview of that as well as open up the world of NLU startups for attendees to consider. John is the inventor of the PATOM theory and has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, an MSc. Cognitive Sciences (Neuroscience) from the University of New South Wales and a BSc. Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.  

7:00PM-8.00PM | Networking drinks sponsored by Pat Inc.

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Mixed levels
10AM-5PM

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5PM-9PM

Film Screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

With computer science now touching almost every aspect of life, women and minorities are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking more skilled workers. With humor and optimism, CODE considers the importance of creating a more balanced tech workforce delivering superior products designed by and for all. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code and how do we get there? 

We are excited for you to see this film because it highlights the importance of our community working together to close the gender and minority gap in tech.

Click here to register.

All levels
10AM-6PM

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Girls in Tech Day

Whether you're looking for a change of scenery or tired of coffee shop hopping, come spend the afternoon working at a co-working space with Girls in Tech! Meet new people, grow your network and break out of the daily routine. We look forward to seeing you all there. We want to build a community and give you resources to succeed.

These sessions have no agenda. You are welcome to come and go as you please so stop by! Click here to learn more about Girls in Tech.

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Girls in Tech
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6PM-8PM

Financing 101 for Startups | AWS Activate Business Series

This session is a must-attend for any early stage startup looking to raise capital, and wanting to learn more about the various forms of capital and when to use them. Join David Ambler, a corporate attorney at Cooley LLP, as he covers startup financing strategies, including debt and equity, common financing terminology, and best practices for fund raising. 

The session will be followed by free 1:1 consultations with Cooley LLP attorneys. Networking and light refreshments will be served.

Agenda

5:30PM | Registration 

6:00PM-7:00PM | Talk by David Ambler, Corporate Associate, Cooley LLP

7:00PM-8:00PM | Free 1:1 Consultations with Cooley LLP Attorneys & Networking


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