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CHAC Girl Wins Deloittes’ Artificial Intelligence Scholarship

CHAC Girl Wins Deloittes’ Artificial Intelligence Scholarship

Author: Barbara Mossman
Author Role: Gifted and Enterprise Education Coordinator

Congratulations to Year 11 student Emma Cooney on being awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Deloittes to pursue an individual project that aims to promote and demystify the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a career worthy of consideration by senior students. Earlier this year, Emma was one of two CHAC Year 11 girls (the other was Annelies Alcorn) who successfully applied to participate in the national Young Women Leaders in AI Camp, open to young women aged between 16 and 26.

Subsequent to her involvement in that program, Emma submitted a proposal for an individual project to ‘further empower others like myself, expand the AI community and aid in my professional development.’ The scholarship she has recently won is one of five awarded to women who attended the camp. “I am very excited to create some of my own initiatives to do my part for women in tech,” Emma explained.

Underwritten by Advance Queensland and supported by the AI industry, the Young Women Leaders in AI program aims to develop young women as leaders in AI, not only to address the gender gap in industry teams, but also to foster spokespersons to ensure social diversity has a voice as regulation and disruption unfolds in coming years. It is hoped that participants will emerge from the program as ambassadors to take on leadership roles as society and the economy transforms through AI adoption. It appears that Emma is already taking the first step to do just that.