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About

Artificial Intelligence keeps evolving, creating millions of new job opportunities every year, making it essential to learn the fundamentals of AI in all the different fields. For that, AI weekend is here to provide you, AI enthusiasts, with the chance to learn the tools and skills needed in AI, and to engage with experts who have changed lives while applying AI!

2-hour technical, hands-on workshops that introduce participants to a wide variety of topics and theoretical foundations within various domains of AI. Through these workshops, we aim to bridge the gap between theory and hands-on industry experience to provide participants with the ultimate learning experience.

Prerequisite: Basic Programing background

Outcome:

  • Get hands-on AI experience

  • Solve a different problem each time

  • Learn from experts



Non-technical workshops that focus on how to dissect business problems, explore and analyze business data, create stunning visuals, and present data-driven business solutions. 2-hour business AI discussions will take place for theoretical and practical knowledge of different Business AI strategies and case studies. Anyone can attend, including professionals from industries such as marketing, banking, finance, business etc.

Prerequisite: None

Outcome:

  • Understand different AI applications

  • Learn to think like a Data Scientist

  • Apply data-driven decision making

 
 


Talks and discussions where Artificial Intelligence practitioners share lessons learned through applying AI. The meetup consists of bringing local AI practitioners, who have used AI in their projects/business problems. The goal of these meetups is to shed some light on the local ecosystem and showcase local talent! These discussions/talks are open to the general public, no technical background required. Limited seats for the interactive sessions, all the talks will be broadcasted on Youtube, make sure you register to get the link!

Outcome:

  • Get to know the ecosystem

  • Connect with experts

  • Share knowledge & lessons learned



Meetups and Discussions




AI Weekend Schedule


13:30

AI Weekend Opening Ceremony

30 minutes
14:00

Technical Workshop I: Parkinson's disease detection using Machine Learning

The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to the concept of binary classification which will be used to build a diagnostic model to detect Parkinson's disease using speech signals.
After completing this workshop, you will: 1- Develop an intuition of the theory behind Logistic Regression Classifier. 2. Understand how to frame the problem as a classification problem. 2- Learn about feature selection, data cleaning and standarization. 3- Build, train, and evaluate your own medical diagnostic model, using Python and Scikit-Learn on Google Colab
This workshop assumes a prerequisite of basic programming background..

2 hours
16:00

Break

1 Hour
17:00

Meetup I: How is AI fundamentally changing how businesses operate in the 21st century

The confluence of four technologies—elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things — is fundamentally changing how business and government will operate in the 21st century. Join Jean-Paul Sacy in our first talk as you will cover how these game-changing technologies are accelerating digital transformation across different sectors and becoming a new vector for differentiation and competitiveness for SMEs as well as large enterprises that are applying AI and IoT with stunning results. This will be followed by a 15 minute networking session with AI Weekend attendees and experts.

1 Hour
18:00

Business AI Workshop I: IoT telematics Data: Big Data Insight from the vehicle to the customer

Oshkosh Corp as being the world leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles started the journey of connecting its vehicles. Streaming the vehicles data near real-time can add much value to its customers. Their current near real-time data streaming helps their customers to better manage their fleet, vehicle maintenance and utilization, and leads to lower the cost of ownership. In addition to the near real-time streaming, the data is being analyzed to build predictive models to provide customers with predictive decisions like maintenance, vehicle current utilization, and life of parts. In this workshop, with Moe Saleh, you will go over how Oshkosh achieved this IoT journey and the analytic models on the truck from end to end.

1 Hours
20:00

Day I Wrap up

5 Minutes
13:55

Day II Commencement

5 minutes
14:00

Technical Workshop II: Facial Emotion Recognition using Convolutional Neural Networks

In this workshop, Malak Sayour will introduce you to Deep Learning for computer vision applications. You will complete a step-by-step hands-on exercise where you predict emotions based on facial expressions using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).
By the end of this workshop, you will: 1. Understand the structure of Neural Networks and the components needed to train them. 2. Learn about CNNs, their different layers and their suitability for computer vision applications. 3. Build an image classifier using Keras on Google Colab to predict emotions based on facial expressions.
This workshop assumes a prerequisite of basic programming background and fundamental understanding of Machine Learning concepts.

2 Hours
16:00

Break

1 Hour
17:00

Meetup II: AI use in trading the financial markets

In our second AI Weekend talk, you will get to meet Piotr Yordanov. As AI helps find trading opportunities in the markets and then acts on them in the hope of making money, Piotr will be introducing you to How AI is being used by hedge funds and retail traders to find an edge in the financial markets. This will be followed by a 15 minute networking session with AI Weekend attendees and experts.

1 Hour
18:00

Business AI Workshop II: Machine Learning Use Cases at Anghami

This workshop will provide you with a dive into the Machine Learning and Data Science use-cases at Anghami by three ML/R&D engineers. The workshop will mainly cover: analyzing user behavior to drive churn prediction, generating live music recommendations that enhance user listening experience, solving the cold start problem for music and users, automating the model generation processes, and personalizing search results.

2 Hours
20:00

Day II Wrap up

5 Minutes
13:55

Day III Commencement

5 minutes
14:00

Technical Workshop III: Arabic Sentiment Analysis using HuggingFace TransformersProcessing

In this workshop, Wissam Antoun will introduce cutting-edge Natural Language Processing (NLP) models such as Transformers and BERT by Google, GPT2 by OpenAI, RoBERTa by Facebook. The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage these models to solve various NLP tasks in any language including Arabic for sentiment analysis.
By the end of this workshop, you will: 1. Learn how to train and evaluate NLP models 2. Learn how to serve these models in a deployment pipeline through a RestAPI. 3. Use the HuggingFace library on PyTorch and TensorFlow for Arabic sentiment analysis.
This workshop assumes a prerequisite of basic programming background in Python, and some basic knowledge of NLP.

2 Hours
16:00

Break

1 Hour
17:00

Discussion Panel: Leaders and AI

In this discussion panel, get introduced to Lebanese leaders who are making an impact everyday in their industries. Learn from them how AI is implemented in their company’s culture and products.

1 Hour
18:00

Business AI Workshop III: Social Media Analytics for Market Research

This workshop will help you learn how to use social media analytics to reinforce the business start-up process. In this workshop, you will get introduced to different AI methods that would help business owners evaluate their customer's satisfaction with their products. You will do that by analyzing online sentiment based on Twitter data streaming.

2 Hours
20:00

AI Weekend Closing Ceremony

15 Minutes

Our Previous AI Weekend Talks


Unleash your AI Spark - Christophe Zoghbi
A Sparkle from a Roboticist Journey - Abbas Sidaoui
Emotion Recognition in Arabic Speech Challenges - Samira Klaylat
Capture your AI Opportunities - Discussion Panel
TEAM

Meet our talented Beirut AI Team who contribute to the sustainability & growth of the community.

Dalia Raydan

Community Manager


Reem Jalaleddine

Communications Manager


Nadine Abbas

Technical Manager


Sara Hajj

AI Weekend Project Lead


Fares Idilbi

AI Weekend Web Developer


Vestale Saliba

Digital Marketer


Samia Dayya

Graphic Design Intern


Samer Salameh

Technical Co-Lead


Anis Ismail

Technical Co-Lead




Community Partners



 
 


Community Sponsor





FAQ

1What are the prerequisites to attend the meetups and workshops?

For attending the technical workshops, you just need to know programming basics in any language (preferably in Python).

For attending the business workshops or meetups, all you need is the passion to learn and get introduced to experts changing lives with AI!

2Where will this event take place?

This AI Weekend will be held totally ONLINE! Get ready to be transferred, from the comfort of your home, into new dimensions! Make sure you prepare a comfortable virtual setup.

3What is the difference between the Technical and Business workshops?

The technical workshops will discuss different Artificial Intelligence topics and applications. These workshops will include a theoretical overview of the selected topic, followed by interactive hands-on sessions, where you will get to code along with the instructor and build the required AI models.

In the business workshops, you will be introduced to data, technology, and AI applications in business, marketing, and enterprise setting. You will also be given business case studies to solve, in groups, using AI methodologies.

4What are the outcomes of the workshops?

Within only three days, the technical workshops will help you get hands-on AI experience, solve a different AI problem using different AI methods, and learn from experts in the field!

Business workshops will allow you to understand different AI applications, learn to think like a Data Scientist, and apply data-driven decision making.

If you also want to get to know the ecosystem, connect with experts, and share knowledge & lessons learned, the AI Weekend meetups are for you!

5What is the registration fee?
Hurry up and register for the Beirut AI Weekend, attend 6 workshops, and meet AI experts for 150K LBP; seats are limited! Become a Beirut AI Member today and attend the AI Weekend for only 60K LBP! Our members are special!
6Will I receive a certificate of participation?
YES, you will receive a certificate of attendance and participation at the end of the “AI Weekend”!
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