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Fri, Apr 05, 2024 @ 06:00 PM   FREE   Brown Institute for Media Innovation, 2950 Broadway, Pulitzer Hall

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Join Hacks/Hackers & the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University for a weekend of building with open source AI for experiments relating to journalism & civic information, sponsored by Hugging Face & Codingscape. The latest open source, large language models are rapidly becoming as capable as closed models, meaning these powerful technologies can be deployed on private servers with bespoke data fueling new experiences.

As these models become accessible, it's natural to ask how their use might affect our daily lives - how will they shape our relationship with both public & private institutions, with how we make decisions that affect our families, our communities, & our world.

In this critical election year in the U.S., how might we leverage generative AI to better inform citizens to engage in the democratic process?

How might AI help launch new products that create sustainable business models for journalism? Or improve & expand how we conduct investigations?

What new personalized experiences are enabled by AI?

How might we train models to increase accuracy & trust? And while we're at it, design platforms that ensure a human is in the loop?

What else can we dream up & prototype that no one has seen before?

The hackathon will kick off Friday evening with a mixer & pitch session for groups to come together, a day & a half of work Saturday & Sunday, ending with final pitches to share.

Space is limited, & we encourage anyone interested to apply to attend, including developers, journalists, designers, & business & strategy experts. We invite people with little-to-no technical background, as well as those who might be expert in Machine Learning & AI. Meals provided.
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