AI4C (Artificial Intelligence for Charities) is a Learning Exchange created by the WCIT Charity in late 2018. Our aim is to collaboratively collect and share best practice in the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) for the benefit of the charity sector.
We are a group of people from charities using or planning to use AI/ML and of WCIT members sharing their expertise and practical experience for the benefit of charity members.
The charity members come from a broad range of organisations. Although their size and focus may vary, they all share the same challenges of how to achieve the most with the precious resources they have available. Current charity members include (add links/logos): CALM, Missing People, AbilityNet, the Brain Tumour Charity, Cancer Research UK, Samaritans, Family Lives, Asthma UK, Mencap, Family Fund, Humankind, NSPCC, Back-Up and Carers UK.
WCIT Members are professionals from a variety of IT backgrounds. Each one is committed to giving back in some way and so all lend their time and expertise on a pro bono basis.
We hold monthly workshops to discuss specific topics and share lessons learnt. Experts in IT, academics and leading industry practitioners speak at our topical quarterly events.
Specific problems and potential solutions are discussed whether this be in our monthly workshop, informally post meetings, via our secure IT platform or through “surgeries” with people facing similar issues or experts with past experience to share. The Chatham House Rule operates at all meetings, which are sales free and vendor/software neutral environments.
Information, insights and lessons learnt are captured and held on a repository available for further reference to charity members.
Any charity engaged with, or planning to use AI/ML and willing to share their experiences and lessons learnt with other members, is welcome to join.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Maxine Ricketts, Chair of AI4C at firstname.lastname@example.org.