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Building Paths of Equality with Artificial Intelligence

InteliGente is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to integrating AI in education, fostering equity, and customizing learning experiences for diverse student needs. By empowering students to develop AI solutions for societal good, we're advancing education, democratizing AI, and addressing disparities in technology access, particularly in regions like the Global South.


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January 2024
Promoting education and the practical application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for social benefit, cultivating socially conscious citizens, sharing knowledge over profit, thereby redefining success through community improvement and responsible AI use.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have benefited our society and economy. However, AI development has been concentrated in technologically advanced countries, often overlooking the unique needs and challenges faced by less developed regions, such as the Global South.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

Our innovation lies in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to real-world problems, enhancing learning and social impact. The proposal harnesses AI in education, healthcare, climate action, and more, equipping students to create AI solutions for challenges that impact various sectors, including non-profits, businesses, and public institutions, while fostering a startup culture. Furthermore, our primary objective is to cultivate socially conscious citizens who prioritize social impact and ethical education over financial gain, thus redefining success through community improvement and responsible AI utilization.

How has it been spreading?

InteliGente has spread through online platforms, partnerships, media coverage, conferences, networking, awards, word of mouth, and outreach efforts. These channels have helped the initiative reach a wider audience and make a significant impact on AI education and social responsibility.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

To join InteliGente, anyone can engage in the educational program and contribute to developing socially impactful solutions (see our webpage: http://biofatecou.fatecourinhos.edu.br/.

Implementation steps

To ensure an ongoing and accessible opportunity for participation, registrations for the project are open every semester. This allows for the formation of at least two new groups annually, providing a constant window for interested parties. This regular approach to registration ensures that more students can benefit from the initiative, aligning with the goal of promoting inclusive and continuous education.
Upon joining, students have the opportunity to conduct a project/study over up to 18 months in teams. To develop critical thinking, the project will use active methodologies, such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The project proposes three phases, each lasting six months. This division ensures that students are engaged in a complete cycle of learning, research, and extension, providing a comprehensive educational experience, forming citizens prepared to contribute positively to society.
First Phase — Teaching — Part 01 — Three Months
Students are prepared and instructed to understand basic concepts of AI and its responsible and conscious use through study materials, along with discussions with a mediator and peers. At this stage, students are encouraged to identify relevant problems in society that can be solved with AI, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
First Phase — Teaching — Part 02 — Three Months
With the problem selected, another stage of studies and discussions about the theme begins, aiming to refine the focus of the subject and develop the students' skills in argumentation, communication, knowledge, planning, organization, and group work. At the end of this first stage, the group must present answers to various questions, in addition to responding to questions posed by the mediator and peers.
Second Phase — Research — Six Months
The groups dedicate most of their time to studying the implementation of their solutions, learning objectives, and the initial prototyping of the project, with weekly/biweekly discussions with the mediator and peers. This stage promotes a deeper immersion in research, encouraging students to explore and apply theoretical knowledge in practice, as well as developing skills in analysis and problem-solving.
Third Phase — Extension — Six Months
The groups finalize the implementation of the proposed solution and prepare a general presentation of the project, including storytelling and an extended summary/report. At this point, the groups are also encouraged to participate in idea competitions, events, conferences, and community activities to promote the project and connect with other professionals in the field, encouraging networking.

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