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Spring 2017 Fellows

The 10 Fellows below were chosen from more than 450 applicants. Each will receive $5,000 to pursue their project, no strings attached.

Spring 2017 Finalists

In addition to the ten fellows, 36 finalists are listed below.

  • Rowel Atienza, open-source dataset for Tagalog speech corpus.
  • Scott Hawley, Frank Baird, Tamara Baird, free heart & lung audio dataset.
  • Volkan Cirik, a language grounding dataset for Go games.
  • Chris Coughlin, aircraft damage detection.
  • Joshua Daniel Eisenberg, extracting narrative structure from long-form text.
  • Gabriel Goh, article on the Wasserstein metric.
  • Jeremy Raboff Gordon, augmenting Numenta's hierarchical temporal memory with neural timing.
  • Wah Loon Keng, Laura Graesser, an experimentation system for reinforcement learning using OpenAI Gym, Tensorflow, and Keras.
  • Logan Graham, a skunkworks AI team tackling social challenges.
  • Dang Ha The Hien, Tensorflow library for object recognition on mobile devices.
  • Stuart Andrew Hunt, distributed neuroevolution using Elixir/Erlang and NEAT/HyperNEAT.
  • Hussein Jaafar, R-CNN model for human cell classification.
  • Daniel Kang, speeding up CNN evaluations over video.
  • Ji-Sung Kim, novel deep learning models with minimal racial/gender/socioeconomic biases.
  • Minjae David Kim, robust massively parallel GPU-enabled optimizer.
  • Bart Kolendowski, using machine learning to characterize cancer and predict outcomes from cancer treatments.
  • Edward Lee, predicting survival times in lung cancer patients.
  • Eli Litwack, using computer vision to assist dyslexics in reading.
  • Stefanie Lück, replace manual microscopy with automated object detection and prediction.
  • Rahul Makhijani, identifying child pornography in videos with deep learning and no training data.
  • Colin Morris, named entity generation.
  • Brian Muhia, generating FastText skipgram models for Kenyan languages.
  • Ojash Neopane, datasets and algorithms for autonomous surgery.
  • Liam Paull,, an open source reproducible advanced autonomy class, a standardized research project, and a robotics outreach effort.
  • Gerry Pesavento, recycling robot.
  • Lenka Pitonakova, creating an on-line platform for swarm robotics, where robot code and algorithm designs can be exchanged and collaborated on in an open-source fashion.
  • Nikhila Ravi and Anshul Bhagi, a comprehensive guide to building conversational agents from first principles.
  • Nancy Fulda and Daniel Ricks, expand and augment the Interactive Fiction Learning Environment so that it can be a useful tool for AI researchers.
  • Michael Schaarschmidt, TensorForce: practical deep reinforcement learning on top of TensorFlow.
  • Benjamin Schreck, computer-generated rap lyrics.
  • Sanuj Sharma, deep learning applied to biomedical image processing
  • Tim Shi, deep learning experiment framework.
  • Aditya/Adi Sidapara, a chatbot to report racially motivated violence and domestic abuse.
  • Christof Stocker, data partitioning, preprocessing, generation, resampling, and cross validation library for Julia.
  • Sean Vasquez and Hassan Kane, handwriting generation tool + creation of new dataset.
  • Natalie Widmann, detecting political and ideological reporting bias in newspapers.


Can anyone apply?

Yes – any age, any country, no credentials required.

What type of project qualifies?

Any project that will benefit humanity that leverages AI. We're not zealous about open-sourcing, but we'd like to see a rationale for exceptions (for example if you think it'd be best for the world to reserve the IP for a company).

What do I get if I win?

  • $2,500 in cash, up-front.
  • Access to the AI Grant network.
  • $20,000 in Google Compute Engine credits.
  • 250 Tesla K80 GPU hours from FloydHub.
  • 50% off first $15k in Scale API spend.
  • $5,000 in CrowdFlower data labeling credits.

What are the key dates?

  • August 25th (5 PM Pacific): Applications Due.
  • September 12th: Finalists selected and applicants notified.
  • September 24th: Fellows selected and announced.

What does AI mean?

We're open-minded. Your project can be:

  • contributing to an existing open source project
  • creating a new framework or tool
  • researching a new technique
  • applying an existing algorithm to a new problem
  • creating or curating a free dataset that others can use
  • educating, explaining, or otherwise helping people learn new or existing techniques

…or anything else that feels like AI.

How will you select the winners?

We're looking for smart people with interesting ideas that could be useful to the world. We'll pay extra attention to projects that seem like they won't get funded another way.

I have a job. Can I still apply?

Yes! Anyone can apply. You just need to make sure that you don't conflict with any IP contract you've signed with your employer.

Can teams apply?

Yes. Multiple people can apply together as a team. Please fill out a single application, but provide background information for each person in the team. You should designate a lead person to coordinate the application as well as receive and distribute/spend the money.

How does it work if I win?

You'll get the cash and credits up front. If you use PayPal, we can fund you same-day. We'll publish a list of all the winners on after they've been selected. Three months after you’re funded, we’ll ask you to write a short summary of your project and post it to

That's it.

Can I apply multiple times?

Yes, you can apply as often as you like. You can only win once.

How do I get the money?

We can send you the money via PayPal or ACH.

I love this idea and I want to help! Can I provide additional funding, hardware, GPU time, datasets, mentorship, or help reviewing applications?

Yes! 🙏 Thank you for being awesome! If you want to contribute in any way, please email us at

Are you doing this as part of a company?

Nope, this is just us. The money is a gift. It's not an equity investment or loan, and we won't own any of your intellectual property. Our only request is that you write a summary of your project 90 days after receiving the grant, to post on our blog.