Artificial Intelligence meets Education: AI4Education Conference 2024

Written by on May 1, 2024

The Caribbean AI4Education Conference 2024 was hosted at the Ramada Princess Hotel on April 25 and 26, 2024. The two-day event was presented by Camille’s Academy in partnership with the Caribbean AI4Good and Permaculture Institute (CAIPI). It focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for educational excellence and sustainability in the Caribbean and beyond.

The Caribbean AI4Good and Permaculture Institute (CAIPI) is an initiative aimed at positioning the Caribbean at the helm of the 4th Industrial Revolution through education, innovation, and sustainable technology deployment.

Nick Brown, AI Expert & Keynote Speaker

During his address, keynote speaker Nick Brown, who was also one of the organizers of the event, focused on the current state of AI-enabled education in the world. He shared that one of the goals of the conference was to introduce the most powerful technologies in the world to educators and students. Brown noted that the Caribbean and Guyana are positioned in a very opportunistic position as a region and country undergoing development. Rather than going through the conventional route that developed nations may have followed, we can learn from those developed nations and leverage our technologies and lessons to propel the Caribbean region into the future.

The first day of the conference focused on AI tools that educators can use to be more efficient, more effective, and provide higher quality content to the students. Brown highlighted that in a world where AI is dominant, the role of educators must shift from being an authority figure on a subject to one that can leverage these AI tools and guide students along their educational journeys through support, coaching and mentorship. He emphasized that in this future, our educators are perhaps even more important in this guidance role, as AI cannot replace that emotional connection that a teacher can create with their students.

On day 2, students were also introduced to AI tools that they can leverage in their education. The students were also encouraged to leverage these tools to solve problems in their communities and their country. Brown shared that, “there is literally nothing in the world that you want to learn that you cannot claim for free if you are self-motivated and have access to the Internet”. Moreover, in a region that will most definitely need its own AI experts in the coming decade, students have an incredible opportunity to be at the front of the line when those opportunities present themselves.

In closing, Brown expressed that the next generation will have to use AI daily. He said, “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.” He appealed to all members of the conference to think about whether they want to be early adopters or leaders.

To learn more about the Caribbean AI4Good and Permaculture Institute (CAIPI) and the conference, visit https://ai4educarib.com/.


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