MKAI is shaping and sharing the potential of Artificial Intelligence

About US

MKAI is a responsible AI community that engages in open-minded conversation and crowdsourced projects regarding important artificial intelligence themes including; ethics, inclusivity, privacy and sustainability.

We attract people from different walks of life, with different experiences. Our diversity is our strength.

We don’t focus on being ‘right’. Instead, we seek to learn, listen and explore. Compassion and kindness are the glue that bonds us together.

AI needs all of us, and all of us need AI. 

MKAI Steering Group

Richard Foster-Fletcher

Founder and Chair

Jaisal Surana

Steering Group Leader

Tim Teece

Steering Group Leader

What does MKAI Stand For?

Milton Keynes Artificial Intelligence

We were founded in 2019 as a place for AI enthusiasts in Milton Keynes to connect. To adapt with COVID-19, we grew wings and embraced a new global community. Whilst our events, members and projects are now truly global, we are proud of our heritage, our name and the work we do to support the city that launched us.

Born in Milton Keynes

Discovered around the world

MKAI commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

MKAI is committed to being inclusive; a safe space where anyone can learn, feel accepted and find ways to contribute. We lead with kindness, integrity and openness. In fact, our strength comes from this. We want to be the place where everyone feels comfortable to speak up; to politely challenge a view or ask a question, whether they are Data Scientist, a CEO, a student or an interested observer. 

We are aware that Data Science is underrepresented in certain regions and that there is currently an unacceptable imbalance of genders in the industry. It is our mission to promote and celebrate the ideas and work of those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and showcase the brilliant female leaders in our industry. Sometimes we succeed in doing this, sometimes we fail. But we are always open to learning how we do this better and our partners (Pride in Business, The Bigger Pie, OpenEthics.ai) help us to improve and lead in this area. Whatever it takes, we want the AI industry to be more accessible, more inclusive, more equitable and more diverse. 

What this means in practice is that at every MKAI event and on every project we contribute to, you can expect to see more than one gender represented on the stage, from the leadership team, on the project team and in the audience. We will permit womxn* and BAME leaders the time that they need to discover and validate if we are a good fit for them, without pressuring them to speak or to get involved. We will invite womxn and BAME speakers first because we know there are fewer in the industry, and we will encourage womxn and BAME members of our audience to ask questions and speak up. Our Founder Richard Foster-Fletcher, the MKAI steering group and MKAI associates all strive to be recognised as allies for BAME and womxn leaders in our industry, making sure that we walk the talk and take the time to truly understand the issues and challenges that people face. 

* Dictionary.com defines womxn as “an alternative spelling to women that avoids the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women.”

What people are saying about MKAI

To be a part of the MKAI community is such a privilege. Every person in the group is very active, and I learn new things every day.
Nyrika B R
Accenture
I recently spoke at an MKAI event - and it couldn't possibly have been a better experience for the participants (or for me!).
Dr. JT Kostman
CEO & AI Psychologist
MKAI virtual events run so smoothly. It's just like chatting with old friends.
Joaquin Lopez Herraiz
Associate Professor
It was a great pleasure for me to work with MKAI on an AI Ethics and Responsible AI webinar. Excellent people from practice and academia together, a wonderful organization!
Christoph Lütge
Director, TUM Institute
MKAI is a great platform for knowledge sharing, holding some truly amazing events where the host is awesome, guests are very cool, with participation from such a diverse set of people. The platform truly fosters an environment in which knowledge can be discovered, validated, adopted and applied.
Neeraj Satpall
AI & Automation enthusiast and Managing Director, Xtrasio
I really enjoy MKAI events and want them to multiply! So many interesting projects and people to learn from. Count me in!
Karen Beraldo
Omdena

MKAI Events

MKAI hosts online events to help everyone from all walks of life to increase their ‘AI fluency’.

Est. 2019

MKAI Associates

Bridget Greenwood

MKAI Associate

Georgina Hodkinson

MKAI Associate

Ghaith Sankari

MKAI Associate

Vibhav Mithal

MKAI Associate

MKAI is aligned with the principles and visions of the following organisations

Open Ethics

MKAI is proud to associate with Open Ethics. Open Ethics is a global inclusive initiative with the mission to engage citizens, legislators, engineers, and subject-matter experts into a transparent design and deployment of solutions backed by artificial intelligence to make a positive societal impact.

The Bigger Pie

MKAI is proud to asscoiate with The Bigger Pie. The Bigger Pie makes it easier for businesses to adopt good practice in a diverse workforce. They help by providing support and resources for female founders and employees, raising visibility, attracting talent, and finding the right expertise for teams.

Pride in business

MKAI is proud to support Pride in Business. Businesses that display the Pride in Business branding on their website recognise the positive benefits that a diverse workforce brings to their organisations, and wish to show current and potential employees, their customers and their suppliers that they are fully supportive of diversity, inclusion and the LGBTQ+ community.