Social networking giant Facebook has launched the “India Innovation
Accelerator” programme with a focus on “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for
Social Good”, under which it would mentor and support promising
start-ups which are leveraging AI to address gaps within high social
“We are an ally for India’s economic growth and social development
and this summit is our effort to understand how we can contribute to the
development of deep tech in India, as well as corral resources to use
these technologies to develop impactful solutions for tough and
persistent problems,” Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director,
Facebook India, said in a statement.
The social media giant also launched “100 Scholarships for students
and developers” who are focused on nurturing their ideas for utilising
AI for social good. The scholarships would enable the students to gain
access to advanced courses on Deep Learning.
It also launched “Women in AI Hackathons” which is aimed at
encouraging diversity within the ecosystem by motivating women
developers and women-led start-ups focused on AI.
The winners would be provided courses on AI and machine learning (ML)
by professors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
“At Facebook we are also committed to growing the local AI ecosystem,
which can be achieved by providing support to start-ups, to the student
community, and by ensuring diversity within the ecosystem itself,”
Another popular Facebook tool under the “AI for Social Good”
initiative is its Blood Donation tool which helps connect blood banks
and hospitals to blood donors who have registered themselves on the
According to the company, to date, more than 35 million people have signed up to be donors globally.
The content above was first published in Express Computer
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