Berkman Klein Center/MIT Media Lab’s Assembly Program 2019, Cambridge, Massachusetts- USA ($2,500 in stipend)

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 2nd, 2018.

The Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab have combined forces, as part of the larger Ethics and Governance in Artificial Intelligence Initiative, to support a third iteration of Assembly. The 2019 Assembly program, beginning on March 11 and ending on June 15, will challenge Assemblers to confront emerging problems related to the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence. The program includes three components – a team building and design thinking process, a course on AI and ethics, and a twelve-week development period.

AI and complex algorithms developments are rapidly changing. Assembly is a program where professionals with experience working in the space of artificial intelligence and its governance can learn, collaborate, and innovate together.

Assembly gathers a small cohort of technologists, managers, policymakers, and other professionals to confront emerging problems related to the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence. Over four months, participants engage in a design-thinking process, a course led by Harvard and MIT faculty, and a collaborative development period to explore hard problems with running code.

Dates: Assembly will run from March 11 to June 15, 2019.

Time: Participants are expected to participate full-time for the first two weeks of the program, and half-time for the remaining twelve weeks of the program.

Location: In-person attendance in Cambridge is required for the first two weeks and final few days of the program. For the remaining twelve weeks, in-person attendance is encouraged and has shown to be most successful, but it is not required. Regardless of location, participants must be accessible and available to collaborate with their teams.

Stipend: Participants will receive a $2,500 stipend.

Other considerations: In order to join the Assembly cohort, participants must sign a Contributor License Agreement that enables the release of Assembly products under open source licenses and confirms that their employer does not own or have rights to their Assembly contributions.

International applicants: Selected participants must have the ability to engage in collaborative research and receive a stipend.

Selected participants already in the United States with an existing visa must consult with their immigration sponsor for the correct mechanism to allow for collaborative research and receiving a stipend. Unfortunately, B visas and the visa waiver program do not allow for these activities, and we cannot accept them.

For selected participants outside of the United States and without an existing visa, the organizers will explore sponsorship in the J-1 short-term scholar visa category to allow collaborative research and to receive a stipend. We work with the Harvard International Office (HIO) to sponsor visa paperwork for eligible selected applicants. An outline of the visa application process and requirements may be found on the HIO website.

Application Procedure:

Apply to join the 2019 Assembly cohort! The application has three parts: 1) applicant information, 2) short-answer questions, 3) resume & references.

We are looking for applicants who have an interest in artificial intelligence and governance issue, as well as experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Data science
  • Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Machine Learning
  • Policy / law
  • Project management
  • Other relevant skills

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Berkman Klein Center & the MIT Media Lab’s Assembly Program 2019


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