Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab Hosts Hackathon on ROI of Ethical AI for Organizations

On April 19, 2024, the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab hosted its first-ever Tech Ethics Hackathon. The theme was “Calculating the ROI of AI Ethics for Organizations,” building on a framework developed by Notre Dame and IBM researchers working together under the sponsorship of the Tech Ethics Lab. The framework identifies economic, intangible, and real options-based returns that organizations may capture by investing in artificial intelligence (AI) ethics efforts, and was published in the proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2024 Proceedings.

During the hackathon, Notre Dame students were challenged to develop coded formulas for calculating these returns and iterate on novel returns not captured in the paper. More than 30 undergraduate and graduate students representing the College of Engineering, College of Science, and Mendoza College of Business participated in the half-day hackathon in West Lake Hall on Notre Dame’s campus.

First prize was awarded to undergraduate students John Kim, Karita Nguyen, and Tristan Shin. The three students split a $3,000 cash prize and will spend a day visiting IBM’s headquarters in New York.

Second prize was awarded to graduate students Marina Fernandez Espinosa, Simret Gebreegziabher, and Ruyuan Wan. The three students split a $2,000 cash prize.

Third prize was awarded to graduate students Chaoran Chen and Yuwen Lu. The two students split a $1,000 cash prize.

Judges included Marialena Bevilacqua, a Ph.D. student in Analytics in the Mendoza College of Business who served as the lead author on the paper; Marianna Bergamaschi Ganapini, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Union College and a visiting fellow at the Tech Ethics Lab; Ravit Dotan, CEO at TechBetter and a recipient of a Call for Proposals award from the Tech Ethics Lab; and Nuno Moniz, Managing Director of the Tech Ethics Lab.

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