Leading with AI: Highlights from the D^3 Harvard Innovation Awards

Leading with AI: Highlights from the D^3 Harvard Innovation Awards
The Cubies in action! Img Source: Harvard Business School

On May 7 the Digital Data Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard hosted the Leading with AI: Exploring Business and Technology Frontiers conference.

Speakers included Mary ErdoesMarcelo ClaureDerek Ali, and the Institute introduced the Digital Data Design at Harvard Innovation Prize (The Cubies).

KEVRI CEO Natalie Campion, along with other industry leaders, was invited to be a Cubies judge at the inaugural event, recognising ground-breaking advancements in AI.

''I recently had the privilege of visiting Harvard Business School to help judge The Cubies, it was an unforgettable experience! The conference was packed with invaluable knowledge on the future of AI.''

Natalie's Key Insights

🔹 The Rise of Prompt Engineers: As AI continues to advance, the demand for prompt engineers could outpace that for traditional Python developers. Crafting the right prompts is becoming crucial for leveraging AI effectively.

🔹 AI is a Linguist’s Playground: The effectiveness of AI hinges on the quality of input data. It’s an exciting time for linguists, as their expertise is critical in shaping how AI interprets and processes information.

🔹 Challenging Porter’s Five Forces: AI is disrupting traditional competitive dynamics. Businesses must rethink their strategies and adapt to these changes to maintain a competitive edge.

🔹 Embracing Digital Tools: To truly understand and benefit from AI, we must be open to exploring and experimenting with digital tools. Continuous learning and adaptation are key as these technologies evolve.

''My visit to Harvard Business School reinforced the importance of staying curious, open-minded, and proactive in the face of technological advancements. As a tech founder myself who guides organisations on capturing impact and innovation, it’s exciting to be involved with events like these!''


Category: AI & Future of Business Technology
Winner: Gil Perry, D-ID

Interfaces, evolved. The Natural User Interface (NUI) by D-ID humanises interactions with everything digital. Build interfaces that understand the needs of users and can be communicated with effectively. No typing, no clicking, just face-to-face conversation.

Category: Human-Centered Technology
Winner: Jesse Lyu, Rabbit

Rabbit’s r1 is a pocket companion using rabbit OS, a personalised operating system through a natural language interface.

Category: Performance & Metrics
Winner: Michael Fleder, Covariance

Get a 360-degree view into any company – as if you’re the CEO. Covariance turns first-class research into real-world value. It makes the techniques and rigor of a top quantitative hedge fund available to a broader market.

Category: Data, Privacy, Security, and Regulation
Winner: Joy Buolamwini, Algorithmic Justice League

The Algorithmic Justice League combines art and research to illuminate the social implications and harms of AI. Its mission is to raise awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research, build the voice and choice of the most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policy makers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI harms and biases.

Category: New Operating Models and Business Models
Winner: Khanmigo, Khan Academy

On-demand AI-powered support for education. Khanmigo is an AI-powered personal tutor and teaching assistant from trusted education non-profit Khan Academy.

This inaugural event represented an achievement in the realm of artificial intelligence and data-driven innovation.

These awards were not just a celebration but a landmark event recognising ground-breaking advancements and pioneering spirits in AI.

Well done to everyone involved, keep innovating!



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