Mentoring at Teens In AI Accelerator 2019
Thank you for your interest in volunteering to mentor our teens during the AI Accelerator 2019. Please fill out the form below to let us know about your skills and availability, and we will get back to you in early/mid July.

If you have questions, please email

Many thanks!

The Teens in AI team


Some details:

We are looking for mentors in the following areas:

- Tech/Data Science Mentors

AI/ML developers. Any stack is suitable, but an appreciation of data science and machine learning is a bonus. Teens usually have mixed experiences of coding - from none to expert. We teach them how to code in Python but some will know HTML and Java. Some teams are really keen to build a chatbot so knowledge of that would come in handy!
When we need you: Days 4-10 (see below)

- Design Thinkers

If you have knowledge of human-centered AI, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI), we need you. In this role, you will guide young participants in the design thinking processes following and during a workshop and help them choose the best prototyping tools for their product. No code will be developed until a problem is researched and fully understood, and your role would be to help them to agree on the challenge, define a clear problem by research and discussions, and do market research to validate all assumptions. Since we often lack design thinkers, you may end up roaming around more than one team.
When we need you: Days 2, 3, 4 and 10 (see below)

- Business professionals/Entrepreneurs/Growth Hackers

Individuals with knowledge of business models, pitching and marketing - your expertise will be vital throughout the building process and on the last days when teams will be finalising their pitch decks and getting ready for the demo and presentation in front of judges.
When we need you: Days 5-10 (see below)

- AI Ethicists

Ethics is important and should be taught alongside coding and computer science at school and at university - let's teach our kids how to develop code responsibly, shall we? And let's make sure the technology is harnessed and used as a force for good.
When we need you: Days 2, 3 and 10 (see below)


Every year we run the Accelerator from different locations and once again we will hear from inspirational people who are doing their bit to change the world. We will be exploring design thinking and teaching kids how to validate and prototype ideas fast to save time coding something that may not be solving a real problem. You will meet and mentor young people who want to change the world and make it a better place using AI. It will be fun and inspiring! We will work weekdays from 10am - 5 pm, including Saturday 24th, when we will work to make up for the following Monday 26th, which is a bank holiday.

Our aim is that 100% of our Accelerator participants leaves with a work experience or internship offer. We would appreciate it if you would consider offering, or obtaining agreement from your employer to offer, a work/internship experience to one or more of our Accelerator talents in the course of the programme.

Testimonial from one of last year's Accelerator Mentors:

“Being a Mentor meant being there to support and accompany the participants through a very intense weekend where they had to work collaboratively and think creatively with a group of young people they had never met before. Our role as mentors is to remind them to make the most out of the experience, reminding them to have fun, but at the same time, encourage them to work to their fullest potential. We are there to make sure that the team dynamics are positive and that everyone is involved. It was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.”
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DAYS YOU CAN ATTEND IN LONDON (various venues) - please choose
We plan to spend the first 3 days on Design Thinking & Ethics, Days 4-8 on building and iterating; Day 9-10 on practicing pitching and actual pitching (Demo Day)
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