IDEAS Workforce Development Program Announced

Dec 16, 2021

The AI LA Community and the Wiase Research Institute are excited to announce our partnership in launching the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship in STEAM (I.D.E.A.S.) Workforce Development program in January 2022.

There is no technology more reflective of its creators than artificial intelligence (AI). To increase the likelihood of AI products being representative of their intended users, we need to change the people building these products. Our competitive I.D.E.A.S. program is intended to diversify the talent pipeline here in Los Angeles, starting with Product Managers.  

AI LA strongly believes that creating a culture of Responsible AI development that is accountable to users, prioritizes inclusion, and creates products that truly work for everyone must be reflected in the product development strategy of all stakeholders.

I.D.E.A.S. focuses on exposing professionals and students to AI Product Management while growing a more diverse recruitment pipeline for companies to source talent. We believe in removing barriers to help cultivate creative AI ideas and innovations that will help solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the applicant's social impact vision and goals using AI for good upon completion of the program.

Fellows will be supported by a mentor network and their cohort is intended to keep them accountable. After graduating from the program, fellows will have the opportunity to join a social impact project and professional networking opportunities.

Udacity Nanodegree Scholarship program details:

  • 2-month program (~10 hours per week)
  • Nanodegree offered at no cost to participants ($800 value)
  • No experience required
  • All virtual!

Graduates receive:

  • Nano-degree from Udacity
  • AI LA and corporate partner mentor-network
  • Hands-on, practical work experience
  • Collaborate with others and make a positive impact in Los Angeles
  • Lifelong alumni community and networking

Who should apply:

We encourage all BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ professionals from diverse backgrounds who are typically underrepresented in equity-centered Product Management to apply for this scholarship program and receive an opportunity to upskill in AI Product Management.

Important Dates:

Applications open: December 16th, 2021

Applications close: January 13th, 2022 by 11:59pm PST

Cohort 1 begins: Week of January 18th, 2022

Learn More:

Todd Terrazas
AI LA, Executive Director

As an innovator in the tech information and education space, Todd focuses on creating a robust ecosystem of resources and collaborative partnerships that can enhance LA's AI literacy, catalyze innovation, and advance workforce development opportunities.