Event Details

Discover how Artificial Intelligence will change the way we learn, live and thrive. How can we prepare today?

Join Hogan Lovells, an international law firm, and Iridescent, a global STEM education non-profit, as they convene an AI-Education-Ethics panel and discussion August 15th in Washington, DC.

Panelists from industry, academia, research and education will identify steps organizations and industry leaders can take to address the widening gap between rapidly advancing technology and underserved communities, including:

  • How should AI-powered algorithms be developed and deployed? Who is accountable when things go wrong, and how do we hold accountability?

  • What unintended effects could rapid advances in AI have on people, especially underrepresented groups?

  • What creative strategies can we use to educate and empower underrepresented groups so they see themselves as lifelong learners and creators of technological solutions?

Hear a diverse set of innovative ideas around how to prepare the education sector and society as a whole for the AI revolution.

Data Presented by:

Tara Chklovski, Iridescent

Tara is Founder and CEO of Iridescent, the parent organization of The Curiosity Machine AI Family Challenge. Iridescent is a global education non-profit, dedicated to empowering the world’s underrepresented people, especially girls, through engineering and technology to become innovators and leaders. We train parents, professional engineers, and scientists to deliver cutting-edge STEM education to children and their families around the world.

Moderated by:

Maryam Zaringhalam, The National Institutes of Health + The Story Collider

Maryam Zaringhalam is a molecular biologist and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She received her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University where she tinkered with parasites and computers to understand how small changes to our genetic building blocks can affect how we look and function. She serves on the leadership board of 500 Women Scientist — a grassroots, women-founded, and women-run science advocacy organization — and is a producer for the Story Collider. She also co-hosts the science policy podcast Science Soapbox, and her writing has appeared in Slate, Scientific American, and Quartz.


Jana Kosecka, Google and George Mason University

Jana Kosecka is a Google Visiting Researcher Professor at the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University. She is a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Computer Vision and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Her research focuses on ‘seeing’ systems engaged in autonomous tasks, acquisition of static and dynamic models of environments through visual sensing, object recognition and human-computer interaction.

Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson is the President and CEO of AcademyHealth. Her research focused on improving the performance of the healthcare system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, health care disparities, and health policy. Dr. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Health Policy Scholars Program National Advisory Councils, and the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research.

Russ Shilling, Digital Promise

Dr. Russell Shilling is a Digital Promise Senior Innovation Fellow, funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He explores innovative approaches to EdTech development that draw upon his experiences in education and research as a former program officer at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Shilling was appointed by the Obama Administration to the U.S. Department of Education as the Executive Director of STEM Initiatives and has developed award-winning STEM education games.

Seán Arthurs, National Parent Teacher Association

Dr. Seán Arthurs is the Senior Manager of Education Initiatives for the National PTA. Dr. Arthurs develops, supervises, and promotes programs for the STEM + Families initiative and the emerging Digital Families initiative. His research focuses on teacher training, professional development, innovative community partnerships, and developing and implementing education programming at scale. Before National PTA, Arthurs was a high school history teacher and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Mark Brennan, Hogan Lovells

Mark W. Brennan is a partner at Hogan Lovells, who leads a technology practice that spans privacy, communications, and consumer protection issues. His clients include leading technology companies, and clients from the transportation, financial, education, and healthcare sectors. He advises on connected devices, AI, cloud offerings, and tech policy. He is well-known for his victories on Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues. Mark also leads Hogan Lovells’ U.S. LGBT+ affinity group and is a chair of the firm’s Pride+ global ally network.

Headline photo courtesy of Lightspring/Shutterstock.

  • When: Wed Aug. 15
    5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Address: 555 13th Street Northwest
    Washington DC,US 20004

  • Web: Visit Website