Intel’s purpose is to ‘create technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth.’ One way Intel lives this purpose is through its global Digital Readiness programs and initiatives that empower diverse people with critical tech and social skills that are essential to thrive in the digital economy.
Intel® AI For Youth is a flagship program as part of the comprehensive portfolio of global Digital Readiness programs. Aligned with RISE 2030 strategies and goals to ‘make technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness’, Intel envisions to partner with 30 countries governments and 30,000 institutions worldwide to empower more than 30 million people on AI skills training for current and future jobs.
What Is ‘Digital Readiness’ and Why Does It Matter?
Emerging Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are reshaping the world with enormous impact on economy and jobs:
- A McKinsey report states: ‘AI has the potential to deliver additional global economic activity of around $13 trillion by 2030.’
- And according to the World Economic Forum, AI could create 97 million new jobs by 2025, with roles like data analysts and scientists, AI and machine learning specialists, and big data specialists.
But, unlocking the power of technologies requires skills and preparation. Also, not only technical experts e.g. programmers, developers but also the majority of people who are non-technical, e.g. youth, general workers and citizens needs to be ‘Digital-Ready’ to actively participate in and benefit from a digital economy.
What Is Digital Readiness?
- Digital Readiness refers to a holistic combination of digital skills, trust, and abilities required for people to use technology responsibly and effectively so that it generates broad socio-economic benefits.
- It is considered a more comprehensive term than ‘Digital Inclusion,’ often used with a focus on access and equity.
Addressing the ‘Digital Skill Crisis’
Globally, there is a gap emerging between new jobs that require digital skills and workforces that lack the required skills to fill these jobs, referred as ‘Digital Skills Crisis,’ Especially, AI skill gap becomes global policy agenda: governments worldwide are building national AI strategies and policies to address the AI skill gap and create AI-ready workforce to strengthen their global competitiveness.
Our Response: Intel® AI For Youth
As a response to address the global AI skill gap, Intel has rolled out the Intel® AI For Youth, a flagship program as part of Intel’s comprehensive Digital Readiness program portfolio. The program is currently available in more than 11 countries in partnership with countries governments and institutions.
Intel® AI For Youth
Empower youth with AI tech and social skills in an inclusive way.
- High school students in K-12 Schools / After schools (Age: 13-19).
- Pre-requisite: No coding experience required; only foundational math and statistics skills.
- Diversity encouraged.
- Deep understanding of AI: Demystify AI for youth and equip them with the skillet and mindset required for AI readiness.
- Access and use of AI toolsets: Democratize access to AI tools with Intel technologies and train youth to use them skillfully.
- Create solutions with AI: Empower youth to use AI to create meaningful social impact solutions in their communities as evidence of achievement.
- Expert Intel content: Engaging, validated hands-on material that is modular and experiential, covering technical and social skills.
- Three AI Domains: Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Statistical Data.
- Delivery in AI labs: Powered by Intel® technologies with flexible and open infrastructure.
- Standardized implementation: Proven approach, with content customization and coach certification through local training partners across the globe.
- Demonstrated outcomes: Certificate of Accomplishment or Participation for youth, AI-enabled project showcase to solve problems in the society and community.
- Inclusive: Engages youth from diverse backgrounds and does not require prior knowledge or technical expertise.
- Practical and applicable: Covers a combination of skillets, toolsets and mindsets, preparing students to apply them to real-world problems.
- Flexible: Features different modules, so program can be easily adapted to students’ existing knowledge and time availability, with multiple entry and exit points.
- Experiential, hands-on and fun: Age-appropriate and purpose-built to engage students with well-researched and experiential content.
- Technical skills: Programming and coding, data science, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithmic and computational thinking.
- Social skills: AI ethics and bias reduction, critical thinking, problem solving, system mapping and solutions building, social and emotional skills.
- Career Growth Skills: Career Pathfinding skills, entrepreneurial mindset, design and systems thinking skills.
Youth Project & Impacts
Reimagine what’s possible with the power of technologies
Inspiring case studies show what’s possible when youths are empowered with Intel® AI For Youth program.
- Addressing depression among youth in India: Three 10th-grade girls in New Delhi used skills learned from Intel® AI For Youth to create an AI-powered tool that screens students for depression, based on their facial expressions and a questionnaire, then encourages them to seek counselling. Psychologists have validated the tool, which is now being expanded to more schools.
Happiness Guru, India
As part of the Intel® AI For Youth program, three 10th-grade girls in New Delhi – Teena Sahu, Sania Saini and Harshita Rachhoya – decided to use their AI skills to create a tool, Happiness Guru, to detect depression among fellow students. They had observed high levels of stress and anxiety among their peers, and they wanted to take action.
First, the team created a dataset. They consulted with psychologists to develop a qualitative form for data collection, reached out to six different schools to collect more than 800 responses, and enlisted medical experts to clean and validate the dataset.
Based on this data, the system uses Computer Vision and a short quiz to predict whether a student may be at-risk for depression and suggest they seek counseling. A psychologist evaluated the system and found that it had an accuracy rate of more than 75%.
The girls are now adding more data to enhance accuracy and implementing the model in schools, providing a new tool to help students check their mental health and reach out for counseling.
- Conserving energy in South Korea: After completing the AI4Y program, four students at Busan Computer High School built an AI platform that turns off A/C, lights, and PCs in empty classrooms. The platform taps computer vision and analytics to conserve energy, with the goal of scaling to 10,000+ classrooms in South Korea.
Energy Guard, S. Korea
Fed up with people leaving classroom air conditioner units and PCs on as they troop out, four Busan Computer High School students teamed up to create Energy Guard. It's an AI analytics platform that uses computer vision and AI wizardry to toggle electronic devices in classrooms off, as forgetful humans leave. The team hopes to scale Energy Guard across all 10,000+ classrooms in South Korea.
Last June, four students at Busan Computer High School noticed a staggering amount of energy wasted when they entered an empty computer lab: Despite not being in use, the lab’s air-conditioning systems, lights, and PCs were on. They noticed a similar pattern of energy wastage across all the school’s 30 classrooms. Instead of ignoring the issue, Lee Jihong, Kim Eundong, Kim Jidong, and Lee Seungyun created Energy Guard. They spent seven months developing an AI algorithm that pairs a PC and a webcam with computer vision and other analytics to count the number of people present in a room, and toggles electronic devices within.
The system is currently in pilot at the school’s PC lab. After the trial, Energy Guard will be expanded to all the classrooms in the school.
- Matching tutors with students in Poland: Four students at Jan Kanty High School in Poznan applied the skills from Intel® AI For Youth to create an app that matches students with tutors. The app provides a range of filters for different tutors, enabling students to more easily find the right teaching resources for their needs.
Hey Teacher!, Poland
In Poland, four 17-year-old students – Jakub Florkowski, Antoni Marcinek, Wiktoria Gradecka, and Wojciech Janicki – used skills learned in the Intel® AI For Youth program to create Hey Teacher! – an app that pairs students with private tutors.
Students can use Hey Teacher! to find private tutors based on easy-to-navigate filters like subject, level of education, availability, location and price.
The team created Hey Teacher! to solve a key problem they faced as students themselves – the ability to easily locate competent tutors that can help explain or broaden their knowledge. The Hey Teacher! App now provides a useful tool to help other students find the educational support they need.
YOUTH AND GOVERNMENT TESTIMONIALS on Intel® AI For Youth
“We want young people participating today in projects such as Intel® AI For Youth, to become creators of solutions that will have an impact on society, because artificial intelligence will certainly have a profound impact on the economy and the way you work with people, while releasing additional huge economic potential.”
- Ms. Jadwiga Emilewicz, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
“Intel® AI For Youth program focuses on Expanding AI-Readiness in youth by solving social problems using AI technologies, which will lay the foundation to equip youths and future leaders with the required skills and mindsets in the 4th industrial revolution era.”
- Dr. JH Seo, Director, Korea Education Research & Information Service
“Intel has helped us to develop AI pedagogy that’s first of its kind that’s helpful for the teachers and students to undergo. AI pedagogy will help teachers to think differently and enable their students to think more than them.”
- Dr. Biswajit Saha, Director, Training and Skill Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, India
“The most fun thing was that we were learning the things that would help us during our future.”
- Youth participant in India
“I think it was the most challenging to think about how to use AI to benefit society. There are so many places that need help in society, so we need to think about responsible AI use as much as possible. The program helped me to develop that thinking as well as AI skills.”
- Youth participant in South Korea
“I was not very interested in AI technology before. It was not until I practiced it that I realized that this technology is very fun and can be widely used. I look forward to more learning opportunities of this kind, and I hope to guide our juniors (students) to master this knowledge.”
- Youth participant in Singapore.