Artificial Intelligence comes to life for Y8 Mark Rutherford team

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As group of Y8 students from Mark Rutherford School are pitching their tech idea at CogX, the Festival of AI in London today, despite being the youngest team taking part.

The event is part of London Tech Week and the Hackathon, organised by Founders4Schools, Teens in AI and CogX, aims to inspire young people aged 11-18 into the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Their mission is to encourage young people to pursue computing and technology, and promote diversity in this ever-growing field.

Hailey, Head of Communications & Partnerships at Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems Ltd and an AI expert, came to Mark Rutherford School to support our Year 8 students with their AI ideas,” said a spokesperson for Mark Rutherford School.

“The AI product had to solve one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The students had to develop their ideas and create a video pitch.

“Three teams took part and all three teams produced fantastic pitches. The videos and presentations were sent off to CogX and we found out that Billions of Meals, developed by  Josie, Molly, Oscar and Finley, had made it to the final.

“This is all the more impressive, given that ours was the youngest team participating in the event.”

Mark RutherfordBillions of Meals is an innovative idea to reduce waste and redistribute much-needed food to other countries, in this case Sierra Leone, using AI and a mobile app.

Having made it to the final, the team travelled to London on Saturday 8 June to Level 39 at Canary Wharf, home to the world’s most connected tech community, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and gain advice from AI experts.

Today (12 June) they will pitch against 9 other teams at CogX, The Festival of AI and Emerging Technology in London, on the Alan Turing Research Stage.