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About KI-Camp

The KI-Camp is the first transdisciplinary research convention for scientists under 35 years of age on the topic of artificial intelligence. The second edition of the joint project of the German Society of Informatics (GI) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will take pace virtually on April 27, 2021. For the first time it was realized in 2019 as part of the 'Wissenschaftsjahr – Künstliche Intelligenz'.

Unlike most conferences, the participants of the KI-Camp interactively contribute to the program. Already in the planning phase they can formulate thematic priorities and wishes, which will shape the event. In course of the actual convention, the conception of the  sessions guarantees a direct exchange between the young scientists and experts from science, politics and business. Participants will be given space and attention to critically articulate the challenges they face regarding their research or otherwise. Above all, the KI-Camp is characterized by its focus on young scientists: instead of always depicting the same voices, new perspectives are brought to the stage that will decisively determine the future of technology. 

The KI-Camp does not just start on the actual day of the event, but will be created continuously and collaboratively as of January: We offer webinars and workshops in the run-up, which give the participants and selected experts and lightning talk speakers the opportunity to exchange and identify thematic priorities in order to ensure ideal discussion and networking modalities at the event. The final program of the KI-Camp will be published a few weeks before the event, confirmed speakers will be updated continuously. Information on the theme tracks can be found here. After the event, there will be opportunities to engage in follow-up webinars to share experiences, draw a conclusion and strengthen the community that has grown over time.

Due to the current situation, the KI-Camp 2021 is planned as an event with a large, interactive online program.  Participation in the KI-Camp is free of charge for all participants.

About the application process

Any person under the age of 35 whose research, artistic or other professional activity has a clearly identifiable link to AI: Master students, PhD students, postdocs, artists* and (young) professionals. The application form as well as further information on participation can be found here.

No! The aim is to realize a transdisciplinary convention, which is why we are very pleased to receive applications from various disciplines in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, the humanities and the arts - provided that the personal research or work focus has a recognizable reference to AI.

If you would like to participate in the KI-Camp, please fill out the form completely. The deadline for participation ends on 06 December 2020 at 23:59:59. The GI KI-Camp team will continuously review the incoming applications and will send the acceptance or rejection letters by December 18, 2020 at the latest.

No, only persons who have received an invitation to participate in the KI-Camp as a result of the selection process within the application process or AI Newcomers program can participate. However, some selected program items will be filmed and subsequently published. Furthermore, all essential results will be published in a final publication after the event.

Your personal data will be used exclusively for the preparation and execution of the event and will be deleted afterwards. In order to be able to apply successfully, we need your consent to the privacy policy, which you can find here. You can revoke your consent at any time, but the legality of the processing based on your consent remains unaffected until we receive your revocation.

About the AI Newcomers program

Only persons who are under 35 years of age (by 20.12.2020) and whose academic or artistic work has a clear reference to AI can be nominated. It does not matter whether they do so in the context of an activity at a university, research institution, in a company, association or foundation.

The nomination is made online using the nomination form. Anyone can nominate as many people as they wish, provided they meet the specified criteria. Self-nominations are possible as well. When making a nomination, the nominees must be assigned to one of the five disciplines listed.
At the end of the nomination phase (December 20, 2020 at 23:59:59) the GI KI-Camp team will create shortlists of 6 newcomer per category from all nominations (half of them persons, who consider themselves as female). 
The selection of the final 10 AI Newcomers will be a two-part process: From the shortlists, 2 AI-Newcomers per category can be selected from the shortlists by a public online voting process from February 1 to March 7, 2021 (1 female/divers | 1 male/divers). In addition, a jury will select the 2 most promising individuals (1 female/diverse | 1 male/diverse) per discipline. The results of the audience voting and the jury voting will be finally calculated in a ratio of 30:70.


The jury consists of two GI representatives, one expert from the respective discipline, a science journalist and two incumbent AI Newcomers. All jury members will be announced online in February. 

One KI-Newcomer per category may be selected by the online voting process. Voting starts on January 18, 2021 on the event website. Everyone can vote!

The voting ends on March 07, 2021 at 23:59:59.

The winners of the AI Newcomers program will be announced at and be part of the KI-Camp on April 27th, 2021. There they the will present their work to a large audience in the format of a 'Science Slam', a short entertaining presentation, and will receive an official certificate.

The purpose of the award for AI Newcomers is to make visible new talents who have already achieved outstanding success in the various fields of research and activity in the field of AI and who can be expected to have a significant influence on AI research in the future. The goal is to demystify AI technologies and to open up the topic to a broad public. To this end, a clear focus is placed on involving the public in the nomination and voting phase.

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