Today, Samsung Electronics America is launching the 2022-2023 Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC) Artificial intelligence course in the United States and its commitment to empowering the next generation through education. According to Samsung’s global corporate citizenship vision of “Together for tomorrow! Enable peopleSamsung Innovation Campus empowers Millennial and Gen Z participants in the United States to leverage future technologies and build collaborative experiences. This will be the second year of the program in the US, which has shown a 55% improvement rate in technical competencies globally since its launch in 2019.
“I am excited to launch the second year of Samsung Innovation Campus and to have the opportunity to make the technology industry more accessible and engage female talent,” said Michelle Crossan-Matos, Chief Marketing, Citizenship and Communications Officer at Samsung Electronics America. “At Samsung, we are committed to educating and empowering future generations to contribute to a better world through bold innovation, and STEM plays a vital role in that. I look forward to seeing all participants apply this new knowledge to drive purposeful change and break down barriers for women in technology.”
Through the integration of technology, basic software skills and emerging opportunities, the program seeks to empower its participants to grow into well-rounded professionals. From January through May 2023, women ages 17-35 from across the United States will participate in a virtual course built on project-based learning to strengthen job opportunities and problem-solving skills. The first part of the course will consist of asynchronous modules covering topics such as unsupervised learning, natural language processing and deep learning to provide a solid foundation for artificial intelligence. The second part introduces more advanced material, all leading up to capstone project presentations developed from new technology skills and solutions for sustainable development.
“AI touches every aspect of our lives, including medicine, finance, education, communications and security, just to name a few applications,” said Sven Dickenson, head of Samsung AI Center Toronto. “As companies try to navigate this new landscape of AI tools and techniques, they need people who have a basic understanding of AI – people who can look at a problem and choose the right AI tools to solve it. This Samsung Innovation Campus course in AI provides that basic foundation for a small, diverse cohort of students.”
With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Samsung provides students with the tools they need to succeed in these growing fields. The Samsung Innovation Campus curriculum is designed to close the skills gap and provide opportunities for students from communities historically underrepresented in the technology industry. This year, the program will support an all-female cohort of 150 students from diverse backgrounds and education levels, including university and PhD students, mothers returning to the workforce, and workers seeking to further develop their skills.
In 2019, women accounted for just 22% of all AI and computer science PhD programs in North America, an increase of just 4% from 2010. Diversity, equality and inclusion are three critical components in driving bold innovation and growth at Samsung, and the company looks forward to further empowering women in technology through this program. In addition to receiving advanced technical skills, students receive professional development advice from staff at Samsung Electronics America and Samsung Research America. These staff will guide the participants and share their experience in AI and the larger technology industry, including topics such as breaking bias in the STEM field.
“There was always something new and exciting to learn at Samsung Innovation Campus, from natural language processing to neural networks and more,” said Shan Rafique, participant of Samsung Innovation Campus 2021-2022 and teaching assistant 2022-2023. “I made contacts with people all over the world and enjoyed working on a project to predict the ground state energy of molecules that meet certain criteria. I’m glad I took this course and started my journey into AI. I look forward to helping this year’s cohort!”
Samsung Innovation Campus is the company’s second educational program to be launched in the United States, following the successful one Samsung will fix tomorrow program. Goes on 13e this fall, Samsung awarded Solve for Tomorrow $22 million to more than 3,500 public schools nationwide. The program challenges students in grades 6-12 to think about how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be used to solve problems and create positive change in their communities.
With the program start date fast approaching, the company looks forward to continuing to kick off the second year of Samsung Innovation Campus and further empowering the next generation of change agents.
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