Nokia Foundation has granted its 2019 Recognition Award to the Elements of AI free online course with Hanna Hagström, Director of AI Business at Reaktor, and Teemu Roos, Leader of AI Education at the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence and Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki, as the recipients. The foundation has done so in order to recognize the outstanding work of Hagström and Roos on Elements of AI course. The course has successfully aided to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to more than 220,000 people in 110 countries.
“Artificial Intelligence is already part of our everyday lives, and it is going to have an even bigger impact on every industry and individual in the future. This is why everyone should be given a chance to understand what AI really is and how we can use it. This is how we can empower people to take part in shaping the future,” said Hagström.
The recipients of the Award, Hanna Hagström, and Teemu Roos, have played a significant role in the development of the course. Moreover, the Nokia Foundation has set its roots to support and promote the Finnish scientific development and education in the fields of information technology, telecommunications, and related scientific disciplines.
The award was granted on the annual award ceremony of the Nokia Foundation which was held on November, 28th, in Helsinki, Finland. The award ceremony also saw the celebration of the success and winners of the course which was created by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor.
“There is great diversity among the participants; over 40% of the students are female, 25% of the students are over 40 and they speak several languages. The course is currently available in English, Finnish, Swedish, and Estonian, and there’s interest in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We are also developing a follow-up course for students who are interested in diving deeper,” said Roos.
“In order to create new innovations based on AI, it is important that people from a variety of backgrounds learn about it and think of new ways of applying it. The Elements of AI course is one of the leading Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) in the world. It allows students to gain credits for their formal education and the general public to update their competences. By leading the work on the Elements of AI course, Hagström and Roos have created an internationally competitive learning environment in Finland,” says Timo Ali-Vehmas, Chairman of the Board of Nokia Foundation.
The Noki Foundation has successfully granted scholarships over 1700 during the course of 24 years of existence. The total amount of the grants will exceed a whopping 300 000 euros by 2019.