The upcoming competition focuses on AI/ML/xR solutions for LIMFG students

By: Jennah Davison, Communications Intern, ACTNext

In February, New York University’s Social Entrepreneurship program announced its $1.5 million education competition, Algorithm for Change, which focuses on implementing AI/ML/xR solutions to help LIMFG (low-income, minority, first generation) students throughout their college careers and address any post-secondary challenges that they may face.

Dr. Saad Khan, the Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at ACTNext (the research, development, and business division at ACT, Inc.) is optimistic about the opportunities the event will bring, stating:

“Algorithm for Change offers an exciting opportunity to use AI for both social good and business growth. At ACT/ACTNext, our deep expertise in skills measurement and analyzing assessment data at large scale and machine learning, enable us to craft an innovative EdTech solution for Algorithm for Change.”

Organizations of all types were encouraged to apply, with the requirement being that they have to have a tangible and demonstrative solution to these educational challenges. ACT, a strategic investor in Smart Sparrow, an adaptive learning tech company, alongside Arizona State University, have decided to enter the program together, becoming one of three finalists in the Commercialization category.

Led by Jacqui Hayes of Smart Sparrow, the team has decided to pitch their project, ‘Frontiers of Science,’ which uses AI and ML approaches in identifying skill gaps, predict achievement, and deliver learner interventions for students. Finalists of all categories will present their project pitches in a Final Pitch-Off session to a panel of judges on July 12 from 1 – 8 p.m. at New York University’s Grand Hall in NYC.