Meet Sylvia Christie, our training partnerships supervisor who’s performed a number one function in increasing our scholarship programme, which has simply celebrated its five-year anniversary.
What was your path to DeepMind?
Earlier than DeepMind, I labored for a social function startup that elevated entry to psychological healthcare. Then I obtained a job at a college alongside lecturers and college students. At that time, I realised I used to be searching for a ‘Goldilocks’ function that introduced collectively all the pieces I beloved about these completely different environments – the pace and pleasure of a tech startup, impact-focussed targets, and the fascination of working with good researchers. It appeared unattainable to mix all these items. Then, enter stage left: DeepMind.
In the course of the interview course of, I used to be stunned by how a lot the interviewers needed to get to know me and the way I associated to the tradition DeepMind was constructing. Individuals from all completely different backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches discover their solution to DeepMind, and having such an open dialogue concerning the surroundings I’d be part of as a brand new worker made me really feel at residence.
What drew you to the training group?
I imagine in guaranteeing that individuals from all walks of life, and particularly these from underrepresented communities and backgrounds, are capable of contribute to the event of AI. I’ve had the possibility to work on some actually particular initiatives at DeepMind, however the scholarships programme is – by far – essentially the most personally rewarding programme I’ve ever been concerned in. Each educational 12 months, we get to see the brand new crop of proficient AI students turn into a part of a global neighborhood of scholars and mentors. It’s an extremely particular second – and I can’t wait to see what all of them obtain sooner or later!
How would you describe the scholarship programme in a single sentence?
The DeepMind scholarship programme goals to take away obstacles for college kids from underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue postgraduate research in synthetic intelligence (AI) and associated fields.
What’s your typical day like? And your group?
My days are at all times a mixture. I wish to have a little bit of focus time day-after-day to advance project-based or planning work, however the remainder of the time will be filled with conferences, group catch-ups, or talking to college students and our companions at universities world wide. It’s tremendous diverse, and by no means boring.
We’re a comparatively new group, so we’ve had the chance to create our group tradition from the beginning. Personally, I discover the training partnerships group to be considerate, respectful, and enjoyable! We’ve grown so much too. Within the final 12 months, we’ve welcomed group members to assist launch six new partnerships and increase our training programmes.
What’s the largest problem your group faces?
Discovering the correct methods for DeepMind to make a optimistic impression is crucial problem. We have to ensure that our work drives actual change within the wider neighborhood and for AI training extra usually. It’s problem to have as a result of it’s a possibility as effectively.
How did you rejoice the five-year anniversary?
We held a Students Summit. It’s a digital celebration of the programme, and the superb mentors, college students, and alumni. It was an ideal week with improbable panel discussions with DeepMinders and trade and educational audio system.
We additionally launched our AI By You film series, the place a few of our students shared their concepts and insights on what AI means to them. The sequence additionally contains the brief cinematic movie beneath as a brand new means of talking to audiences concerning the scholarship programme in a artistic means. I’m so pleased with the students concerned and the superb work of our group. Watch all six movies at deepmind.com/scholarships.
What’re your greatest learnings now that the scholarship programme is 5 years previous?
How necessary collaboration is. The Scholarships programme wouldn’t be doable with out our superb college companions world wide, plus contributions from individuals throughout DeepMind – together with those that initiated the programme in 2017 and the mentors who volunteer annually. And naturally, the laborious work of the students themselves.
So far, we’ve had over 335 students come by means of our programme. This educational 12 months, we’ll be welcoming as much as 115 new students at 26 educational establishments in 13 nations, so it’s actually thrilling to see the programme going from power to power annually.
Any recommendation to college students all for making use of for a DeepMind Scholarship? Or a job at DeepMind?
Potential students – hold checking our website! The scholarship software course of and deadlines differ, college by college, so our web site is one of the best place to remain up to date.
To these searching for a job at DeepMind – don’t depend your self out. I typically hear from individuals who say it feels intimidating. The imposter syndrome is actual, and it’s for me as effectively, to at the present time. However in case you care concerning the mission, and are obsessed with your work, go for it!