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Global responsible AI hackathon 2023:

Moving AI Ethics from Talk to Action

AI is quickly becoming ubiquitous in all industries. Unfortunately, even though AI can be incredibly harmful, few organizations act to ensure that their AI is safe and beneficial. 


For example, 74% of companies in a recent survey didn’t work to reduce unintended bias.


The goal of this hackathon is to help organizations act to make their AI more responsible. To that end, individuals and teams will be invited to create proofs of concept for increasing the implementation of responsible AI practices.

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  • Applications Close: Oct 15, 2023

  • Teams Formation: Oct 22, 2023

  • Challenges Matching and DevPost/Slack Onboarding: Oct 29, 2023

  • Hackathon Virtual Event: Nov 03, 04 and 05, 2023

  • Submission of Solutions: Nov 05, 2023 by 12 PM ET

  • Closing Keynote and Winners Announcements: Nov 05, 2023 7 PM ET



​Participants will develop their proofs of concept between May  and October 2023. 

The participants will finalize their proofs of concept in a 3-day hackathon in November 2023.

The format of the 3-day hackathon will be hybrid. It will include virtual events for all, and regional leaders will organize in-person events in their regions. 

Supporting Events

To support the participants, we will host a series of events between May-October 2023.

The events will include speaker series events, talks, workshops and check-ins for hackathon participants.

The topics of the events will include introductions on AI ethics, deep dives into AI ethics topics, and hands-on practice in implementing AI ethics concepts.



To support the participants between May-October 2023, mentors and vendors will offer free services to hackathon participants.


The resources may include consultations, usage of responsible AI platforms, cloud resources, datasets for training and testing, engineering support, product development support, and audits.  

Hackathon challenges   


Gender-based discrimination at Work:

the Global South [The World Economic Forum] 


Gender pay inequality:

Global data, [The International Labor Organization




Reduced opportunities for advancement [The PeaceCorps]




Unpaid care work and Womens' economic empowerment [the Gates Foundation] 

Unpaid care and social isolation, mental health vulnerabilities []






Technology facilitated Gender-Based Violence (TF-GBV)


Partnership with Support Service Providers (i.e. law enforcement, victim support agencies) [

Three hackathon tracks


Solutions to help organizations understand prominent AI ethics themes.

Risk Articulation

Help organizations understand the AI risks that they pose


Diverse Input Collection

Help organizations collect diverse input about the AI risks their technology poses


Employee Education

Help organizations educate their employees on AI ethics


Develop solutions to help organizations introduce AI ethics practices into their workflows.


Strategy and Measures

Help organizations develop an AI strategy, including clear metrics and standards


Implemented Procedures

Help organizations implement or include AI ethics practices


Help organizations implement incentive structures to support the execution of their AI ethics strategy and procedures


Develop solutions to help organizations improve their AI ethics accountability.

Internal Reporting

Help organizations report on AI ethics progress to internal stakeholders, e.g. employees


External Reporting

Help organizations report on their AI ethics progress to external stakeholders, such as their board or the public

Periodical External Audits

Help organizations undergo AI ethics audits

Responsible AI
Workshop Series Event

The Workshop Series will be focused on Responsible AI topics and moderated by Women in AI community members and volunteers.

Workshops will be 90 minutes, and will include break-out sessions and time for Q&A.

The Workshop Series will be virtual to reach global audiences!

We are looking for expert workshop speakers in the following Areas of Focus:

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AI Policy and Privacy 

AI Tools workshops

AI Business workshops



  • Your photo, logo, hyperlink, and a short description of your organization, services or work will appear in the Hackathon Workshop Series online content

  • Promotion of your talk to Responsible AI Workshop Series participants

  • A thank you banner from Women in AI for your social media channels

  • Social media promotion of you and/or your organization across the event series

To express interest in being a Workshop speaker, please reach out to


The Hackathon domains are mapped to specific United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

Participant CRITERIA

​Participant selection will be based on the following criteria:


  • The participants will be individuals or teams of up to 5 people

  • Participants must commit to attending at least four of the workshops and check-ins

  • Participants must commit to writing a public description of their project

  • Applications will be screened based on a one-paragraph description of the problem the team wants to try to solve


Winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Problem articulation - How well did the team articulate the problem they are trying to solve, its importance to responsible AI, and the appropriateness of the proposed solution?

  • Execution - How well did the team execute the proof of concept?

  • Novelty - To what extent is the proposed solution adding to the current landscape of responsible AI solutions?

  • Feasibility - How feasible would it be to develop the proof concept into a full-blown solution that would be adopted by practitioners? 

  • Accessibility - To what extent the solution would be accessible to anyone who needs it? 

The Hackathon domains are also aligned with UNESCO policy areas for recommendation on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence:

❑ Policy Area 1: Ethical Impact Assessment
❑ Policy Area 2: Ethical Governance and Stewardship
❑ Policy Area 3: Data Policy
❑ Policy Area 4: Development and International Cooperation
❑ Policy Area 5: Environment and Ecosystems
❑ Policy Area 6: Gender
❑ Policy Area 7: Culture
❑ Policy Area 8: Education and Research
❑ Policy Area 9: Communication and Information
❑ Policy Area 10: Economy and Labor
❑ Policy Area 11: Health and Social Well Being

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 Organizing Team


Karen Jensen 

Ethics & Culture Team -

Responsible AI Hackathon

AI Ethics,

Implementation Lead,

Women in AI

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Global Ethics & Culture Officer and the Regional Head of Americas,

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Samantha Wigglesworth

Ethics & Culture Team - Responsible AI Hackathon, Project Manager,

Women in AI

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Ethics & Culture Team - Responsible AI Hackathon, 

Marketing Lead, 

Women in AI  

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Ethics & Culture Team - Responsible AI Hackathon, Project Manager,

Women in AI

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Ethics & Culture Team -

 Responsible AI Hackathon, CAE, 

Women in AI

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Srimonti Dutta

Ethics & Culture Team - Responsible AI Hackathon,

Operations Manager,

Women in AI 

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Susanna Raj

Ethics & Culture Team - Responsible AI Hackathon,

Inclusive AI Execution Lead,

Women in AI 

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