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... AI community events and activities in which I am or have recently been involved.

Spreeha Foundation - Spreeha is a nonprofit working on eradicating poverty and empowering people in vulnerable communities in Bangladesh through healthcare and education. I've joined the Board of Spreeha to assist with digital transformation and leveraging AI and other advanced technologies to achieve Spreeha's mission. You can learn more about our work here: spreeha.org.

AI and Education - Collaboration with NetHope, Norwegian Refugee Council, University College Dublin, and Lero Research Institute to leverage AI for humanitarian use cases. We're working with the humanitarian sector and young refugees to improve opportunities for education by co-creating a chatbot to help with discovery and access of learning resources. See more about the project in this blogpost: Doing Good Better with Artificial Intelligence. You can also see our work featured in Microsoft's announcement of the AI for Humanitarian Action program in the blogpost and video here: Using AI to help save lives.

GIX - I'm a mentor in the new Global Innovation Exchange (https://gix.uw.edu/) program for students pursuing their MS degree in technology innovation.

UX Next - The UX Next conference took place in Palo Alto, CA in October 2017 with the goal of bringing together thought leaders and experts from industry and academia to discuss UX in the era of new interfaces and showcase the evolution and future direction of conversational AI, computer vision, haptics, AR, VR, bots and more.

Launch of new research center - The Information Sciences, Technologies and Architecture Research Center (ISTAR) is a new research unit at the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. The mission of the research center is to carry out applied research across disciplines like Computer Science and Information Technologies, Mathematics, Architecture and Urbanism. The center's focus on multidisciplinary research and international collaboration is designed to foster innovation and learning as well as to facilitate future integrations based on shared scientific interests and opportunities. For information about our projects and research areas, see our homepage here: ISTAR-IUL.

Local speech technology events - The Applied Voice I/O Society (AVIOS) is an international organization of speech technology professionals and enthusiasts. The mission of AVIOS Seattle is to promote practical applications of advanced speech technology and to strengthen the local speech technology community.

Smartphones for Seniors - The S4S project (www.smartphones4seniors.org) aims at providing mobile technology solutions adapted to the growing senior population.