Juneteenth for Algorithmic Liberation: An AI Symposium

Join us for this hands-on exploration, where attendees will learn and discuss the critical importance of inclusive data practices in mitigating bias within AI systems.

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June 18, 2024

11:30 am-6:00 pm ET


18 Jun

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
11:30 am – 6:00 pm EST

About This Event

We are commemorating Juneteenth with a pioneering symposium dedicated to unpacking the intricacies of Artificial Intelligence and its implications for marginalized communities. “Juneteenth for Algorithmic Liberation” is a platform where we’ll spotlight the prevalent issue of bias against underrepresented groups within AI systems, advocating fervently for Algorithmic Justice.

By cultivating a deeper comprehension of these challenges, we aim to catalyze collective efforts toward the creation of equitable, impartial, and just AI frameworks. Through the exchange of insights, fostering open discourse, and promoting community involvement, this event endeavors to embolden individuals to champion Algorithmic Justice within both technological and societal domains.

Come join us through this hands-on exploration, where attendees will learn and discuss the critical importance of inclusive data practices in mitigating bias within AI systems.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions or experience difficulty accessing the event, please reach out to patricia.rodriguez@flatironschool.com.

Session Schedule:


11:30 AM – 11:45 AM ET
Delivered by: Marlon Fuentes, AI Product Marketing Specialist at Ericsson LynkAI
This keynote will serve as an introduction to the AI symposium and will stress the importance of advocating for data justice and consent.

Foundational Understanding of Data Collection, Processing, and Decision-Making in AI

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM ET
Delivered by: Ethan Castro, member of LatinX in AI
This session will serve as an introduction to how data collection, processing, and decision-making can perpetuate or mitigate bias, specifically in marginalized communities. This session will also discuss why ethical data practices matter in our tech-forward society.

Unpacking Bias in Data and AI Algorithms

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Delivered by: Angelica “Jelly” Spratley, Sr. Data Science Instructor at Flatiron School
In this session, participants will delve into various sources of bias in data and their impacts on AI algorithms and decision-making processes through case studies, exploration of complex datasets, and interactive discussion.

Mitigating Bias in AI

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Delivered by: Lorena Mesa, Co-organizer for PyLadies Chicago
This session will focus on the best practices for mitigating bias in AI systems. Participants will learn about algorithmic auditing, fairness-aware machine learning techniques and/or the design of bias-resistant AI Algorithms.

Panel Discussion: Ethical Horizons in AI

5:00 PM – 5:40 PM ET
Featuring: Angelica (Jelly) Spratley, William Shields, Ovidio Reyna, Usha Jagannathan, PhD, Alejandro Andrade
This session will feature a panel discussion with industry experts that explore the ethical considerations that arise throughout the AI development and deployment lifecycle. It will address the ethical responsibilities of data scientists and AI engineers and the need for transparency and accountability in algorithmic decision-making.

Networking Session

5:40 PM – 5:55 PM ET
Participants will have a chance to break into smaller groups to network, and discuss some of the topics shared during the symposium.