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Podcast – Karolyn Gainfort

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In this podcast we’ve got the chance to hear from Karolyn Gainfort she’s the Principal Consultant, KJR and a Mentor for Young Women Leaders in AI program. 

Karolyn is a “Tech Veteran” with her technology career starting 25++ years ago – “her mother wanted her to be a ballet dancer” and she had no other vocation skills outside of that, so when Karolyn found herself in London, with a strong curiosity and desire to try anything, she was able to merge her performing arts training and her interest in technology and business, she took a role at a film producing company and the rest, as they say, is history. Karolyn’s role ranges from embedding quality in social impact startups to enterprise applications and building frameworks for AI assurance. Her passion is to mentor young women as part of the Young Women Leaders in AI program.

Keys Points:

  • If you want to get into AI, you don’t need to know how to code (I am personally thrilled to hear this!)
  • The tech realm spans far further than a lot of people assume. It’s not linear, there are lots of exciting creative opportunities for people.
  • If you like problem-solving or if you are passionate about streamlining things then technology can enhance anything you are trying to achieve.
  • Be awake to opportunity, if you see something that inspires you, put your hand up, don’t be scared of not knowing everything.

Want to get in touch with Karolyn?

Follow her on Linkedin
www.linkedin.com/in/karolyngainfort/
Or you can check out the work of KJR
www.kjr.com.au

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Podcast – Iqra Shahzad

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Iqra Shazad is brilliant. At only 23 she has a wealth of knowledge on both the AI industry and personal growth. This episode is an inspiring and insightful listen!

Iqra graduated as an Electrical Engineer from the University of Queensland.In her final year, she became interested in Machine Learning and researched it for a University Project. At the same time, she managed to do an internship at Mawson Ventures, which was her step into Industry. Currently, she’s working in Popgun, exploring Generative models for Music Generation. She’s also interested in Machine Learning including Neural Machine Translation, Graphical Models, and Reinforcement Learning.

Keys Points:

  • Be consistent and patient in your learning.
  • Develop the etiquette to appreciate knowledge (Set aside blocks of time, minimise distractions and leverage all technical resources at your disposal).
  • There is beauty in learning from knowledgeable  (Make an effort to get a degree).

Shopping List:

  • Study area (any place would do, a library, cafe, basement etc.)
  • Time (Blocks of free time, distraction-free)
  • Financial funding for resources (e.g. courses, books, computers & high-speed internet)
  • Distraction free mind space (minimise stress from other aspects of your life)
  • Technical mentor, to correct your technique
  •  ‘With’ ( colleague, partner, sibling or friend) to struggle with technically (it makes learning painless)
  • Endless patience and humility to be persistent in your work

Courses:

For Beginners/ Intermediate:
www.coursera.org/specializations/mathematics-machine-learning
www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning
www.coursera.org/learn/nlp-sequence-models
For Intermediates/ Advance:
Implement as many papers as you can to practice the skills
www.coursera.org/learn/probabilistic-graphical-models
www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/d.silver/web/Teaching.html
sites.google.com/view/berkeley-cs294-158-sp19/home
berkeley-deep-learning.github.io/cs294-131-s18/

Want to get in touch with Iqra?

www.linkedin.com/in/iqra-shahzad-3a1111b3/
iqra@wearepopgun.com

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Podcast – Sarah Thams

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 Sarah Thams is our community lead and one of the Young Women Leaders in AI mentors. In this episode, Sarah pulls back the curtain on her personal life. We talk about what it’s like being a mother and balancing industry life.

Sarah Thams has worked in IT for +6 years and is currently works as a Service Desk Technician for Hall and Wilcox Lawyers. Her background is in Software Development and programming and has worked in various roles from Designer, Developer to Project Manager. She has worked on development projects for Ultra Tune, MTA Travel, Energize 30 and of course Hall & Wilcox. She has a passion for applications development focusing on user interactions and experience. Along with being a working mum, Sarah dedicates her free time to working with Women in AI to help encourage girls to get into AI and support them on their journey. She is the Community Manager for Women in AI, a mentor in the Young Women Leaders in AI program and forms part of our organising and program committees.

Connect with her www.linkedin.com/in/sarahthams/

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Podcast – Becks Simpson

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Becks Simpson works passionately in pursuit of solving problems. In today’s podcast, we’ll talk to Backs about the types of problems she’s solving in both her personal and professional lives. I find both her ethics and approach inspiring.

Becks is the former Head of Screening AI at Maxwell Plus, a medical AI company developing algorithms to personalise disease risk and improve cancer diagnosis. She is now turning her sights to how AI can be applied to other pressing problems that our world is facing such as food stability, water sustainability, and environmental protection.
In this episode, we delve into Becks journey into AI. We talk about some of the different companies and projects that she has worked on both personally and professionally and her motivations behind her work and career trajectory.

Motivational takeaways:

  • The best way to stay motived is to find things that interest you and pursue them.
  • Skills are transferable, what you learn in one role can be applied to others.
  • Keeping a diverse range of interests drives creativity.

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Podcast – Laura Medalia

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Today’s episode of the AI Curious podcast features the tech-savvy business woman and coder Laura Medalia, aka @codergirl_ – a software engineer in NYC and online entrepreneur.

Laura majored in English at college, but always had a love for maths and problem solving. In her senior year at school she took some classes in computer science thus began her love for tech.
In this episode, we discuss how Laura grew her career to where she is today, her first tech job out, what she’s most excited for in the future of tech, and what drives her online presence.

Key points:

  • There are so many ways to learn about tech, whether it’s AI, coding or engineering.
  • Find your own personal style of learning – what suits you best will allow you to learn the best. Look into structured face to face learning like university, online courses or intensive short ‘boot camps’ done online or in person.
  • Find areas of study that you’re interested in learning about; Laura has always had a love for problem solving and used this to drive her career choices.
  • Promote the things you are passionate about – you never know how many people out there are looking to support the same things!

More Laura?

Follow her instagram.com/codergirl_/
Check out her blog and apparel range – lauramedalia.com
Or send her a message  – 📧: hello@codergirl.co

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Podcast – Doctor Ruth Pearson

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Doctor Ruth Pearson is a data scientist and machine learning engineer. She has crammed a lot into her career. At only 30 she’s already notched a lot of dream jobs on her belt.  In this episode, we’ll dig into Ruth’s journey as well as discussing the importance of women being represented in the industry.

Ruth grew up in the UK and originally planned to study English literature after school, but instead chose a Master of Science at the University of London, majoring in Physics, and now also has a PhD in Cosmology. Ruth undertook an internship in California in partnership with NASA while completing her first degree, and another in Switzerland at Cern, one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.
In this episode, we discuss how Ruth discovered her love of Physics in high-school and followed her passion to study it at university, leading her to achieve hugely successful career. We also explore the under-representation of minority groups in the science and engineering fields, and what we can be doing to help bridge these gaps for the next generation.

Key points:

  • What is AI and AGI?
  • The medical applications of AI and data science and preventative studies
  • The lack of women in the science and engineering fields and why we need women in AI development
  • The importance of trying new things and overcoming initial fears to find a greater passion – for Ruth, this was coding at university
  • What young women can expect from the AI industry and the need for the industry to change to become a more welcoming space for women
  • A professional’s thoughts on self-teaching and online learning for young women just starting out in the tech world

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