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2019-09-16 – 100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics

Conference on September 16th, 2019 at the University of Oxford.

ORBIT is proud to be bringing together some of the most eminent women working in AI ethics. Coming from all over the world, these women are working to ensure that tech works for the benefit of everyone in society. They represent some of the most insightful and brilliant minds leading the way in this difficult area, from fields including industry, professional services, academia, policy and civil society.

The conference is inspired by the work of Mia Dand, of San Francisco research consultancy Lighthouse3, who in autumn 2018 put together a list of 100 of the women doing this work. We are calling our conference 100+ because we wish the group to continue to expand and also recognise that there are more women doing wonderful work in AI and ethics than those on the original list.

We are seeking to create an exciting and collaborative event that looks to the future of artificial intelligence working in an ethical way with and for society. The aim of bringing this group of people together is to enable new connections, new insights and new opportunities. We hope that the multi- disciplinary nature of the conference will spark new connections and collaborations between the people doing such vital work in this space.

Our conference wants to hear from as many different voices as possible – we wish to create many opportunities for people to have fruitful discussions and find areas for collaboration and mutual benefit, as well as produce concrete outcomes from the day.

With this end in mind we are giving almost half the day over to our four workshop tracks. These will each focus on a particular area: algorithms and society; the world of work; decision-making and data; AI and global governance. Every attendee will sign up for one of the workshops. In the first session participants will discuss some of the challenges and problems in the area; in the second session they will focus on solutions or ways to break roadblocks. The workshop chairs will then present the work of their group to a plenary session of conference later in the afternoon. They will be supported by the ORBIT team and by a scribe in each session. We plan to create a report or manifesto from this work that can be taken forward, and hope that all those who contributed will be happy to append their names to it. At registration you will need to let us know which workshop you would like to attend.


  • Not everyone will be able to attend, so we are publishing a website after the event containing bios for all the original 100 Women as well as their particular areas of interest – the aim is to create a reference source that could be used as a basis for further collaborations and projects.
  • All attendees will be able to submit papers for the ORBIT Journal (a gold-standard journal on the Directory of Open Access Journals). We plan to publish the outputs from the conference where appropriate, depending on the type of output.
  • We also plan to record the keynote talks as well as some other sessions – there will be a video available after the event with highlights.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement), and is an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences.
  • Jacquelyn Krones is Principal for Ethics in the AI Perceptions and Mixed Reality Group at Microsoft. She helps teams uncover, prioritize, and address ethical challenges to align solutions with Microsoft’s values. She works on uncovering deep insights into people’s needs, desires, and motivations to position technology most helpfully within social systems.
  • Baroness Beeban Kidron is a British film director, children’s rights campaigner and member of the House of Lords. She is founder and director of the 5Rights Foundation, a civil society initiative that aims to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people. She is leading the passage of the Age-Appropriate Design Code through the legislative process to try and ensure that the online world is a safe space for children.
  • Jeanette Winterson CBE is a British writer and speaker who has won the Whitbread Prize, a BAFTA and many other literary awards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. Her award-winning first book, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was dramatised by Beeban Kidron in 1990. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. Her Richard Dimbleby Lecture in 2018 discussed the disproportionate impact of AI on women’s lives, and her latest book, Frankissstein, also focusses on AI and its effects.
  • Beena Ammanath is a managing director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and is an award winning senior executive with extensive global experience in Artificial Intelligence and digital transformation. Her knowledge spans e-commerce, financial, marketing, telecom, retail, software products, services, and industrial domains with companies such as HPE, GE, Thomson Reuters, British Telecom, Bank of America, E*TRADE and a number of Silicon Valley startups. Beena is the Founder and CEO of Humans For AI Inc. She is co-author of “AI Transforming Business.”
  • Angela McKane is the Director, Technology Intelligence for Business Development at BP. She obtained her first degree from the University of Glasgow and her postgrad MSc from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 2006. She first considered a pathway to academia and worked in the University of Glasgow, however was tempted away by the offer of a Data Privacy role with Transport for London. In 2008 she joined BP and in 2012 she was promoted and joined their Group Technology Function. From 2013 she led her team to digitalise and automate BP internal Business Intelligence and in 2018 she launched BP’s Technology Intelligence Service, which comprises a group of 10 analysts reporting to Angela who are based in the UK, US and China.