Demystifying Deep Learning & AI


Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century according to Harvard Business Review.

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning are the current buzzwords of the tech industry. So, have you been wondering what all the fuss is about?

Have you wanted to incorporate AI into your products, but have no idea where to start? Are you letting terms like 'Big Data' or 'Differential Calculus Equations' intimidate you from being a part of the leading edge of this technology?


JOIN US for an all weekend, hands on workshop series Demystifying Deep Learning & AI. You will have the opportunity to gain insight from World Class Engineers & Entrepreneurs in the field.


Learn how to use the latest AI open source platforms including:

  • SciKit
  • Tensor Flow
  • Spark
  • Keras



We have developed community partnerships with the best in the industry so you can network & mingle with entrepreneurs, engineers, students, professors, researchers, product developers, accelerators, and nonprofits. Share your projects and vision for the future of Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence.


What's in it for you?

  • Two days of hands on collaborative learning
  • Practical experience applying the latest technology & APIs
  • Catered Breakfast & Lunch, with coffee and snacks trhoughout the day
  • Networking with fellow participants, successful entrepreneurs and company sponsors
  • Play with robotics equipment & gear from our sponsors
  • Become a part of the Bay Area AI & Deep Learning Enthusiast Community
  • Continued learning & ability to ask questions in our follow up lab sessions & community slack channel



Tickets are not sold out yet. Sign up before it is too late.




The official Demystifying AI Workshop Hashtag is: #DemystifyAI

We will use Twitter for live announcements and updates from the event. Follow us at @AccelerateAI.



Join our Accel.AI FaceBook PageAI Deep Learning Enthusiasts Group to share some photos of the event. We plan on periodically live streaming short interviews and broadcasting what people are working on through Facebook. 



The presentations will be live streamed on our Accel.AI Youtube account.



We created a slack channel for easy communication during the event Join: #demystify-ai-workshop

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Friday Night - July 21st, 2017 - NextSpace Berkeley

6:00 - 9:00 pm | Optional Software Download & Install Mentoring Session @ NextSpace Berkeley


Saturday - July 22nd, 2017 - Merritt College

9:00 - 9:30 am | Check-in & Breakfast

9:30 - 10:00 am | Opening Remarks

10:00 - 12:00 pm | Introductory & Advanced Sessions

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch is Provided

1:00 - 4:00 pm  | Introductory & Advanced Sessions

4:00 - 4:30 pm | Closing Remarks


Sunday - July 23rd, 2017 - Merritt College

9:00 - 9:30 am | Check-in & Breakfast

9:30 - 10:00 am | Opening Remarks

10:00 - 12:00 pm| Introductory & Advanced Sessions

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch is Provided

1:00 - 2:00 pm | Roundtable Discussion

2:00 - 4:00 pm | Lightning Talks

4:00 - 4:30 pm | Closing Remarks


Master of Ceremony


Eleanor Stribling

Product Manager & Software Developer

Eleanor is  a product manager and software developer with 8+ years' experience working in start-ups with data-centric products. Most recently she was the VP of Product at Kevala, an early stage start-up that is building a platform to help renewable energy stakeholders make better investments in the grid. Before that she spent five years in ad tech, some of them as VP of Product Management & Consumer Insights at TubeMogul as they transitioned to becoming an ad tech platform and through the July 2014 IPO (NASDAQ:TUBE, acquired by Adobe in 2016).




Susana Craig


Ms. Craig’s is a relationship builder that has fostered Silicon Valley business relationships for over 20 years’ in the tech, non profit, and startup world. Be it sales, business development, or channel management, Ms. Craig used her diverse skill set to drive companies to financial, P.R., and social success. She has nurtured business collaborations at companies such as Apple, Adobe, CapGemini, Microsoft, PacBell, and Epicentric. Ms. Craig’s passion is to help those in need and used her talents to start companies focused on wireless technology, with a goal of cultivating a workforce from underprivileged communities. Ms. Craig is devoted to women's workplace and minority social issues which she has integrated into every position held. Social justice is everyone's responsibility.



Michelle Glauser

Founder & CEO at Techtonica

"Any good engineer can solve problems; Glauser challenges the assumptions behind them. If you missed the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag and billboard campaign in 2015, then you also missed how Glauser, prompted women and minorities throughout the tech industry to empower themselves and to express their identity as engineers. In a similar vein, she’s now working on a startup that will help further empower low-income individuals by giving them free training and helping place them in companies looking to increase diversity. Glauser completed Hackbright Academy in 2012 and has worked as a full-stack developer in several different companies since then. In addition to her tireless efforts to create opportunity in software engineering, she also serves as the Lead for the San Francisco PyLadies meetup."



Leonardo Sosa

Executive Director at dev/Mission

Leonardo Sosa has shared his insights on the digital divide at seminars, technology conventions, and tech companies. He is the Founder, CEO and Executive Director of dev/Mission and he was previously the technology manager at the Digital Opportunity Center for MEDA, a multi-tiered resource that connects community members to computer training, broadband access to low income families that receive free/reduce lunch, wireless access, support for job searches, financial education, and many other services.

Leonardo Sosa’s personal and professional history gives him extensive insight into the challenges that confront Latino youths aiming to succeed as first-generation college students. He is an enthusiastic role model whose professional path illustrates the wide range of career opportunities that begin with technical training. His greatest passion is directing leadership and tech training program for low-income youth in the Mission. His extensive contacts in San Francisco’s tech industries are invaluable to youths striving to bridge the digital divide and make a place for themselves in the most exciting sector of the region’s economy.




Marques D. Anderson

Founder/Director at World Education Foundation

Marques D. Anderson is the Founder and Director of the World Education Foundation, a solution based organization, which bridges the gap between academic and expert knowledge and their implementation. Working with the UN, universities, local communities and business leaders from around the world, Marques has accumulated extensive experience in systems design and design thinking processes. His work and vision is focused on creating global learning societies by connecting, exchanging and implementing creative ideas to produce inspiring new markets and narratives across borders. Through his life experiences, he has honed his skills to becoming a master cultivator of connections, innovation and discoveries which create new avenues of thought, technology and learning.



Monica Anderson

Director of Research, Syntience Inc

Independent AI researcher, implementer, epistemologist, and educator exploring Deep Neural Networks since 2001; ex-Googler; founder Syntience Inc. and Sens.AI.



Yaroslav Bulatov

Research Engineer at Open AI

Yaroslav Bulatov is a Machine Learning Specialist at notable companies including Google Brain and OpenAI. He is a TensorFlow Evangelist and Avid Hiker.

Linkedin | Blog


Omar U. Florez, PhD

Machine Learning Research Scientist at Intel Labs

Dr. Omar U. Florez is a Research Scientist at the Personalized Computing group at Intel Labs (Santa Clara, CA). He received his PhD in Computer Science at Utah State University and he is also a recipient of an Innovation Award on Large-Scale Analytics by IBM Research. His research interests cover statistical machine learning, recommender systems, and deep learning. He has published 20+ research publications and his prior work experience include IBM Research (2010, 2011). Dr. Florez is also co-founder of Southamericans in Computing and is board member of the Intel Latino Network (ILN).



Maria Carolina Fujihara

Sustainable Cities Consultant

Maria Carolina Fujihara, Architect and Urban Planner, served as an architect and researcher for several certification projects. Was Technical Coordinator of the Green Building Council Brasil for 7 years, where she had the ability to disseminate the sustainable constructions concepts through several courses and lectures about LEED Certification and Referencial Casa Certification, with national and international fronts. Holds a specialization degree in ‘Cities Planning and Management’, from the São Paulo University, Politecnica School of Engineering. Participated as an active member of the LEED International Roundtable from the United States Green Building Council, together with more than 30 countries.

Maria is an Advisor for Project Drawdown, which is a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next 30 years. Collaborator of Urbi-I start-up, which aims to share, promote and encourage more humane, democratic and vibrant cities. Member of the DGNB Chapter Brazil; Member of the Living Building Challenge Chapter Brazil; also has several interviews and publications in newspapers, magazines and blogs (national and international).

Linkedin | Website


Kristin Henry

Senior Data Visualization Consultant at Slalom SF

Computer scientist, specializing in Data Science, Data Visualization, and Generative Art



Michael Khait

VP of Engineering at EdCast, Inc.

Michael Khait is a serial entrepreneur and the Silicon Valley veteran. His primary focus is on building and shipping an exceptional products, form and manage high performance organizations and advise startups. In his spare time, when he is not spending it with his wife and son, he enjoys learning about chatbot development, machine learning, and cryptocurrencies. Michael currently serves as a VP of Engineering for EdCast and a founder at



Lukasz Kidzinski, PhD

Researcher at Stanford University and CoFounder at

Łukasz Kidziński is a researcher in the Mobilize Center at Stanford, working on the intersection of computer science, statistics and biomechanics. Before, he finished his PhD training at Université Libre de Bruxelles in mathematical statistics, working on time series analysis and functional data. He obtained two master degrees, in mathematics and in computer science, from the University of Warsaw. His main interests include machine learning, data mining, big data, time series analysis and applied statistics. He is also interested in dynamics of on-line gaming.



Lingqiang Kong, PhD

Senior Data Scientist at Metis

Lingqiang is a data science instructor and teaches a 12-week immersive data science bootcamp at Metis. Lingqiang got her PhD in Computational Neuroscience at Boston University, building machine learning models to decode different attentional states of the brain from neuroimaging data. She also studied the connectivity patterns of cortical nodes when the brain is at rest, a technique that sheds light into early detection of traumatic brain injuries (read: war veterans and football players etc). In her spare time, Lingqiang likes mystery novels and all things Sherlock.



Alena Kruchkova

Software Engineer at Tripping

Software Engineer, Deep Learning Enthusiast, World Traveler

Full stack developer. Technologies include: Python, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, SQL, SQLAlchemy. Confident with the full development cycle from design and requirements to database and backend development and front end/UI. 

Linkedin  | Medium


Masha Kubyshina

CEO/Founder at BluewordAi

Masha worked in startups in Silicon Valley since 2004. Started in fashion and eCommerce, then moved to education and tech. Founded BluewordAi in 2014 to help companies improve their email communication. Masha also works with chatbots, VC funds, and helps European startups in SV.

Linkedin | Angelist


Pankaj Kumar

Founder at DataCabinet

Pankaj is a co-founder at DataCabinet. Before starting DataCabinet, Pankaj held engineering positions at AppDynamics and Microsoft. Pankaj graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and then went to Purdue University for Masters of Science. He recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Statistical Data Mining and Applications from Stanford university. He is a Deep Learning/Neural Network enthusiast.

Linkedin | Website


Chandan Maruthi

Founder at Walnut AI

I am a founder at WalnutAI, we are on a mission to use AI to empower millions of professional that could be impacted by automation.



Kayla Matheus

Founder, CEO at MOTI

Kayla is a designer, engineer, and entrepreneur, currently the founder and CEO of behavior change startup, MOTI. Since her days as a double major in art and mechanical engineering at Yale University, she has always been a wearer of many hats. Starting first in design education, Kayla helped shaped the formation of the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design and has taught design thinking at Northwestern University. Transitioning into industry, she has worked both at the small consultancy and large corporation level in the consumer product and health spaces. Her current company, MOTI, develops physical and digital bots to motivate users into wellness habits using behavioral science and user-centered design.



George McIntire

Data Science Associate, ODSC

Writer turned data scientist/writer. Interested in sharing the power of AI with the public.

Linkedin | Website


Laura Montoya

Founder & CEO at Accel.AI

Laura has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a B.S. in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development from Eastern Michigan University. Her personal interests include growth & empowerment, diversity, and community outreach. She is also a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. 

Linkedin | Twitter


Bharath Ramsundar

Stanford, UC Berkeley, DeepChem Author

Bharath Ramsundar received a BA and BS from UC Berkeley in EECS and Mathematics and was valedictorian of his graduating class in mathematics. He is currently a PhD student in computer science at Stanford University with the Pande group. His research focuses on the application of deep-learning to drug-discovery. In particular, Bharath is the creator and lead-developer of DeepChem, an open source package that aims to democratize the use of deep-learning in drug-discovery and quantum chemistry. He is supported by a Hertz Fellowship, the most selective graduate fellowship in the sciences.

Twitter  | LinkedIn


Melissa Roemmele, MA

Graduate Research Assistant/PhD Candidate, University of Southern California

I’m a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. I work as a research assistant at the Institute for Creative Technologies, an interdisciplinary research center that develops immersive media for training and education. My own research explores how to apply natural language processing and machine learning techniques specifically to narrative text. I’m particularly interested in how this work can be used in interactive applications for the purpose of stimulating human creativity in story writing. More broadly, I’m excited by any opportunity to use automated analysis of natural language data to bridge the social and computational sciences.

Linkedin | Website


Abhishek Sharma

Software Engineer at Salesforce

Organizer of Deep Learning Enthusiasts Meetup Group and a backend engineer at Metamind. He received his Master’s in Computer Science (AI track) from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). His interests include Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing and large-scale Machine Learning.

He worked with Prof. ChengXiang Zhai, UIUC, on discovering controversial points in news articles by leveraging social media conversations. He was the recipient of the Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award – 2014, awarded by the Computer Science Department, UIUC

Linkedin | Twitter


Sudha Subramanian

Business and Data Analyst, AI/ML consultant at Wells Fargo

Sudha is a data specialist with over 22 years of professional experience that encompasses building analytics based solutions. She is currently an AI/ML Consultant at Wells Fargo. On her previous assignment for State of TX, she was involved in building custom algorithms, risk model by applying machine learning techniques. She is a co-organizer of East Bay R Language Beginners Group and a host of R and Data Science meetup groups in the Bay Area. She plans to start a new R-Ladies chapter in August 2017 and hopes to promote R and Data Science among women aspirants.

Linkedin | Blog


Rachel Thomas, PhD

Founder + Researcher at

Rachel Thomas has a math PhD from Duke and was selected by Forbes as one of "20 Incredible Women in AI." Her background includes working as a quant in energy trading, a data scientist + backend engineer at Uber, and a full-stack software instructor at Hackbright. Rachel's writing has made the front page of Hacker News 4x; been translated into Chinese, Spanish, & Portuguese; and been featured in newsletters from O'Reilly, Fortune, Mattermark, & others.

She is now co-founder of and a researcher-in-residence at University of San Francisco Data Institute. She writes an ask-a-data-scientist advice column at and is on twitter @math_rachel Rachel co-founded with the goal of making deep learning accessible to people from varied backgrounds outside of elite institutions, who are tackling problems in meaningful but low-resource areas, far from mainstream deep learning research. Over 50,000 students have started the FREE course, Practical Deep Learning for Coders, available at

Linkedin | Twitter


Ben-Manson Toussaint, PhD

Research Director, SITERE Laboratory

Ben-Manson is a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, specialized in Intelligent Tutoring Systems for medicine. He is conducting his research between France and Haiti where he is currently running a young research laboratory.



Nathaniel Tucker

Research Engineer at Vicarious

Nathaniel earned his AB/SM in Computer Science from Harvard. He previously worked as a Quant and Trader at Jane Street and Goldman Sachs before transitioning into the pure tech industry. Nathaniel worked as a Data Scientist at Facebook, a Product Manager at Microsoft and a Software Engineer at Google before joining Vicarious. He is an avid reader and learner. He teaches part time at General Assembly and is developing open source teaching material for data science, machine learning, and web development.



Carlos Uranga

Entrepreneur in Robotics/Genomics/AI, former Director of Innovation Lab Singularity University

Carlos is founder, developer, and mentor for startups - leveraging robotics to quantify and elucidate patterns in living systems.  Most recently Carlos had the privilege of serving as the Director of the Innovation Lab (iLab) at Singularity University (SU) - empowering leaders and startups to leverage exponential technologies and solve global grand challenges. Carlos has ~ 4 years experience in molecular biology R&D, bioprocess engineering, and over 10 years industry experience in Bioinformatics, Pharmacogenomics, clinical and genomics lab automation.  As an early proponent of preventative medicine using Genomics (and other -omic sciences), he assisted in some of the early designs of novel genetic analysis/ molecular diagnostic tools finding propensity and concurrence of hereditary disease.  Carlos has a Masters in Bioengineering from UCSD and the equivalent of a Masters in Computer Vision and Robotics from INPG/ INRIA in Grenoble, France.  Carlos likes to spend time adventure motorcycle and bicycle riding, and loves to hack 2D & 3D robots for fun - this all while listening to a great audiobook or some rad EDM.


Melanie Warrick

Senior Data Scientist & Developer Advocate at Google

Melanie Warrick is a Senior Developer Advocate at Google. Previous experience includes work as a founding engineer on Deeplearning4J as well as implementing machine learning in production at Prior experience also covers business consulting and large enterprise technology implementations for a wide variety of companies. Over the last couple years, she's spoken at many conferences about artificial intelligence, and her passions are working on machine learning problems at scale.

Linkedin | Blog




Sanjay Agarwal

Data Scientist at Discern Analytics

Sanjay has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Data Analytics/Machine Learning Certificate from University of Santa Cruz. As a Data Scientist at Discern, he is responsible for developing big-data analytics platform deployed on AWS and deploying Deep Learning & Machine Learning for extracting insights from Industrial-IoT and financial datasets.



Blerina Aliaj

Software and Electrical Engineer

Blerina completed a Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She worked as an Electrical Engineer at Maxim Integrated Products where she designed, validated, documented and released libraries of semiconductor devices and circuits to be used by 2000+ engineers. She transitioned into software engineering by completing a software development immersive program called Hackbright Academy. 



Heggy Castaneda

Javascript Developer

I have a intuitive sense for user experience design and well versed in web application design. I am passionate about social good. I believe that product drives everything. User community is the largest asset that drives social impact. My most recent victory is leading a team of overseas engineers to release company’s first iOS app and implementing a ticketing system. Some of my vital accomplishments are winning 2 hackathons (Cisco and iOSDevCamp) and accepted into highly competitive (8% acceptance rate) Cisco SkillZone pilot program. 



Shilpa Dutta, MPH

Software Engineer

Shilpa is a resourceful individual and a passionate thinker. She wishes to make a positive social impact on the world through data-driven optimization. She graduated in 2014 with her MPH in Community & International Health and has worked extensively in research, and with marginalized populations. After learning programming languages on her own and realizing she had untapped strengths in efficient problem-solving, she applied and enrolled at Hackbright Academy. During her time there, she was immersed in computer science fundamentals and web development, in preparation of becoming a full-stack engineer. Shilpa is currently seeking opportunities to contribute and learn from a mission-driven company with her knowledge and skills in computer science, and by incorporating her passion for a more fair and equitable place.



Bethany Garcia

Senior Engineer and Mentor at Accel.AI

Bethany graduated from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands with a concentration in International Relations and Economics.  She worked in diverse areas from Education Reform to Investment Banking before joining her first startup in 2000 as a Quality Assurance Engineer.  She evaluated a wide variety software until 2015, when she attended Hackbright Academy and renewed her passion for programming, data visualization, and Machine Learning.



Jahlela Hasle

Software Engineer at Eventbrite

Software engineer with experience in Python, JavaScript, web apps, and databases. Strong background founding startups and developing products. Well-versed in technical collaboration and integration of design. I bring keen business sense and technical acuity to any team, and am fluent in Spanish.



Candida Haynes

Data / Experience Consultant, Technology Coach

My full-stack technology experience includes creating public affairs application prototypes to 1) facilitate efficiency before, during, and after emergencies and other unique events, 2) educate individuals and businesses about protecting data on line, 3) engage and protect vulnerable populations that have limited access to technology, and 4) drive cross-platform developer experiences that accelerate the adoption of technical solutions to enhance security and protect commerce.

Current Obsession: Independently designing architectures for safe data storage, exploration, and collaboration. Evaluating clouds and hardware-based options. Sharing my findings at conferences.



Liang Jin

Software Engineer at Uber

Liang is a software engineer at Uber, with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. 



Koyuki Nakamori

Senior Data Scientist at Globant

I am a data scientist with deep understanding of computer science, applied mathematics, statistics and operation research. I currently work at Globant solving various data problems for clients. I have a Master’s degree in Operations Research and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. I understand the power of data and have a passion for transforming business thorough real time analytics. 

My data analytic skills include Python, R, Pandas, SQL, Java, C, C#, Spark, MapReduce, Flask, MongoDB, AWS, Seaborn, regression analysis, machine learning, natural language processing, time series, clustering, principal component analysis, dimensionality reduction, and recommender system, neural network, deep learning, and data visualization.



Mahati Kumar

Software Engineer at Facebook

Software Engineer at Facebook with a background in Product Development, Deep Learning and Theoretical Computer Science (specifically in Graph Theory and Game Theory).



Kasia Rachuta

Data Scientist at Five Stars

I am a young professional looking for new challenges within the Analytics space. I am proficient in SQL and Python (pandas, numpy, Bokeh, scikit-learn, stats models, scipy.stats etc.) and have experiences using R and SPSS. I have a master's in theoretical physics during which I modeled and predicted experimental outcomes; and over two years of commercial experiences which include designing metrics and analyzing social impact for charities and non-profits; product analytics as well as user behavior analysis to increase revenue. I've worked cross-functionally with Product, Marketing and Sales to communicate the product value, used machine learning algorithms to increase customer retention and prevent churn; analyzed A/B tests. I have experiences of building dashboards and visuals using Periscope and Tableau.

Linkedin |  Blog


Shawn Shocron

Entrepreneur & Tech Consultant

Is a tech expert with experience in many software eco systems. In the past few years he specialized with BigData and Hadoop and worked as a software architect. His current interests are Data Science and AI at San Francisco State university.



Mona Taleb-Agha

Software Engineer

After attending University of California Davis, Mona completed Hack Reactor's software engineering bootcamp program and now works as a Teacher's Assistant for Telegraph Prep Academy.



Joanne Yeung

Software Engineer & Senior Business Analyst

I'm a full-stack engineer with a background in software project management in healthcare. Having worked in healthcare and with end-users directly, I am passionate about creating software that is private, secure, and user experience focused. Similarly, these values extend to my code (with the understanding that users of my code are sometimes other developers) and I look forward to bringing these principles into future projects I work on. While not programming you can find me globetrotting, adventuring outdoors, dabbling in new hobbies, or in my test kitchen perfecting recipes and brewing kombucha.



Interested in sharing your knowledge?

We pride ourselves in bringing the best and brightest engineers & entrepreneurs to present and mentor at our workshops. If you are passionate about sharing your knowledge and experience in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Data Engineering, Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Big Data, Robotics, or Gaming with the community.

Interested in volunteering?

Not an engineer or researcher but you'd still like to be involved? We need volunteers to help make this an amazing workshop. Sign up to be a volunteer for the opportunity to receive free entry!

Interested in Sponsoring?

We have general and scholarship sponsorship packages available for one time or ongoing partnerships with Accel.AI!

Friday Optional Mentoring Session

NextSpace Berkeley

2081 Center St

Berkeley, CA 94704


Merritt College
Civic Center, Building P
12500 Campus Drive

Oakland, CA, 94619

United States



Merritt College Civic Center is serviced by the 54 AC transit line from Fruitvale BART Station.



Parking is Free at Merritt College during the weekend workshop. Parking lot C on campus is nearest to the Civic Center presentation space.



Why are you doing this?

Accel.AI is on a mission to make developing Artificial Intelligence more diverse, inclusive, and impactful by removing barriers to entry.


Do you offer discounts?

We offer students a 50% discount with code "STUDENT" upon registration. We will be checking student IDs at check-in so be sure to bring yours.

To ensure these opportunities are not cost prohibitive to anyone, if you identify as an "underrepresented person" in tech (eg. woman, person of color, lgbtq, or person with disability). Contact us to receive up to an 80% discount!


Do you offer Scholarships?

Yes. In an effort to lower the barriers to entry for underrepresented women in Artificial Intelligence, we have created a Scholarship Fund. Recipients of this scholarship will receive free entry for workshops, and if they are traveling from abroad, travel and hotel accommodations will be provided for them. Apply for the Scholarship!


Do I need prior engineering experience to attend?

No. Although many of our presentations and tutorials are highly technical, our introductory sessions are geared to participants with no prior experience.


Who is the target Audience?

All are welcome at our workshops! We offer parallel intro and advanced session from hands on tutorials of the building blocks of AI to talks describing the latest research. Our participants include students, industry professionals, engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and those just curious to learn what all the fuss is about.


Do I need to provide my own laptop?

Yes. We are not able to provide laptops at this time, but we are working to make this option available at future workshops.


Do I need to download and install any software prior to attending?

Yes. If you plan on following along with the tutorials, it is recommended that you install Python, Anaconda, Jupyter Notebook, Scikit Learn, and Tensorflow on your laptop prior to attending.

Package Installation Instructions:

  1. Python -
  2. Anaconda -
  3. Jupyter Notebook -
  4. Scikit Learn -
  5. Tensorflow -


Instructional videos for step by step installation guides:


  1. Introduction to Machine Learning with Python - Set up Instructions for Windows (python, numpy, matplotlib, scipy and scikit-learn)
  2. Install Anaconda, Jupyter Notebook, Spyder on Windows 10
  3. Installing TensorFlow - Installing CPU and GPU TensorFlow on Windows


  1. Introduction to Machine Learning with Python - Set up Instructions for Mac (python, numpy, matplotlib, scipy and scikit-learn)
  2. Installing Anaconda & iPython Jupyter Notebook on Mac OS X
  3. Installing TensorFlow - TensorFlow is supported by Mac and Linux, but not Windows. You can use their Docker distribution on Windows if you wanted.


What if I need help with package installations?

Attend our optional software download and install mentoring session Friday evening. We'll have some mentors available throughout the weekend to assist as well.


Can I participate remotely?

Absolutely! We provide live streaming of our workshop on the Accel.AI Youtube account.


Will there be opportunities to continue collaborating after the workshop?

Yes. Continue learning, connecting, and growing with your peers on our community slack channelmeetup group, & facebook group


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Full refunds available if requested at least 7 days prior to event.