Presidential Innovation Grants

Spring 2019 Special Call: Initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and Societal Impact 

As part of the BOW Three College Collaboration, the college presidents have established the Presidential Innovation Project Fund, which is available to the Babson, Olin, and Wellesley communities for projects that will enhance the BOW Three College Collaboration and the student educational experience. 

The Presidential Innovation Grants offer an opportunity for members of the BOW Three College Collaboration to submit project proposals related to the enhancement of the collaboration.

Following the enthusiastic response to the BOW October 2018 meeting on these issues held in the Weissman Foundry, in Spring 2019 the BOW Three College Collaboration seeks creative proposals to build connections between the colleges at the intersection of the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and their Societal Implications

Spring 2019 Award Recipients:

Intellectual Community Building through Reading, Discussion, and Public Guest Lectures

This project will bring together faculty from all three institutions to read and discuss recent publications about the impact of advances in and media coverage of AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science (i.e. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:  The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff).  This faculty seminar will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and ideas to be incorporated into courses across disciplines.  The project will culminate in bringing the authors to one of the campuses for public lectures and subsequent conversations with members of the BOW community.

Theatrical Representations of Artificial Intelligence: The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow as a Common Text for the BOW Community

This project is aimed at fostering a shared text across all three BOW campuses. That text, centrally focused on artificial intelligence, is the play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, which will be produced at Babson in October 2019. The funding will be used to hire a dramaturg to produce high quality curricular materials and two speakers to lead talk-back after one of the performances.  The hope is that the performances and the accompanying curricular material created by the dramaturg will support widespread connections between the play, courses, and curricular goals at all three BOW institutions.

BOW-Community “Future Hack” and Curated Mixed Media Installation on Artificial Intelligence

This project will bring together faculty and students from varied disciplines to explore and visualize the future of emerging AI technologies through a “Future Hack.”  The “Future Hack” will result in a mixed-media installation in the Weissman Foundry highlighting the predictions and opportunities for AI in the future that were discussed during the Hack.