The Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship
Simplr would like to thank you for your submissions for our 2020 scholarship contest. A winner has been selected from the finalists and we are in the process of updating this page with their information. The scholarship funds will be distributed by February 28, 2021. Please keep this page bookmarked as our annual scholarship contest is being renewed for the 2021/2022 academic year!
Simplr is offering a $7,500 scholarship to a passionate and deserving student who submits a winning essay in our specialized scholarship contest encompassing artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain technology and Intellectual Property (IP) law. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now being accepted. Apply today!
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The tech sector is continuing to grow rapidly and artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain technology and Intellectual Property (IP) law are poised to offer some of the most exciting and challenging career opportunities for today’s students.
As a successful Silicon Valley startup involved in machine learning and AI, we would like to give back by offering our support and encouraging students in the US to be creative while also studying and earning degrees in these more difficult and technical fields. For our second annual scholarship we are offering a $7,500 award to a deserving student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science (CS), Mathematics, Information Technology (IT) or is attending or will attend law school.
In order to apply, please write a 1000-2000 word essay on one of the following topics. Make sure to include why you chose your field of study and how it applies to these future technologies.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain technology – Select the field you’re most passionate about and explore a specific role you think this technology will play in our future, and how this will effect positive change. Describe the key technological aspects as well as the human element that will likely be involved.
Commercial AI-generated music and AI-created inventions, for example, are not far off but they will forever change traditional intellectual property concepts. Explore the challenges in attributing and incentivizing the creation of new knowledge when the lines between human/machine creation and open/proprietary data are blurred. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates willingness and ability to be a candidate for success in the tech industry. Please note relevant hobbies, projects or extracurricular activities as they will be considered
Applicants will be scored by senior members of the Simplr team and scholarship sponsors (if applicable). Scoring will be based upon three categories:
- Financial Need
How to Apply
Please submit your essay and contact information on the application form below. Remember to upload both your essay and a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
Timeline and Deadline: The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020.
Eligibility and Requirements
To be eligible for our scholarship contest you must be currently enrolled full time at an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school, or will be enrolled in the Winter of 2020 or Spring of 2021. International students and students studying under the DACA program are eligible. Students with full academic scholarships are not eligible to enter this contest.
Proof of Enrollment: Please provide a digital copy of your unofficial transcript as proof of enrollment. (You will need to submit by mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.)
Additionally, you must:
- Verify you have read and understand the Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship requirements.
- Submit your entry (only one entry per student is permitted) by the December 31, 2020 deadline.
The winner will be selected by January 31, 2021. The winner will be notified by phone or email on or before this date. Scholarship funds will be distributed by February 28, 2021.
Description of Award Monies
The award winner understands and accepts that the scholarship award monies will be sent directly to the winner’s school and shall be used only for tuition and education-related purposes.
We are honored to announce the 2019 winner of the Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship: Alexander Conner!
Alex is a candidate for A.B. in Economics and Sc. B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. Alex is very involved in artificial intelligence and machine learning and runs his models with Keras and Tensorflow on top of PyCharm.
Alex’s submission, titled “Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property, and Incentive Structure” does an excellent job at covering the interplay between AI and IP ownership, and offers a great balance of both technical detail and big picture thinking that few other applicants were able to provide.
Additionally, Alex’s unique background and passion for technology and the real world implications of it set him apart as the clear favorite from several other outstanding applicants.
“Studying Applied Mathematics and Economics puts me at the epicenter of ML’s potential. Simultaneously studying numerical minimization techniques and economic theory really opens my mind to the possibilities.”
In response to winning this content, Alex states: “As my University’s charter declared in 1764, it prepares me to, “Discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.” In other words, to be a leader by example. With this scholarship award, I am that much more able to see through my ideas about how the cutting edge of applied mathematics might mold a brighter future.”
Congratulations Alex! We’re very excited for you what the future holds in store for you.
Full details on this Alex’s winning entry are available in the official press release.
Congratulations to Ethan Adams, winner of our 2018 Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology scholarship!
Ethan Adams, a Penn State Berks junior with a double major in information sciences and technology, and security and risk analysis, is the first recipient of the Simplr Artificial Intelligence Technology Scholarship. He received a $5,000 scholarship, which he plans to use for his tuition and research, as well as in preparation for graduate school.
Adams was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by his program coordinator, Tricia Clark. He also credits his honors adviser, Sandy Feinstein, with helping him to refine his winning essay describing how certain elements of artificial intelligence will play an important role in the future.Adams was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by his program coordinator, Tricia Clark. He also credits his honors adviser, Sandy Feinstein, with helping him to refine his winning essay describing how certain elements of artificial intelligence will play an important role in the future.
Ethan’s application, vision and demonstrated aptitude for AI and related technologies made him the clear favorite out of a strong field of competitors. Congratulations, Ethan!
“A Penn State Schreyer Honors Scholar and vice president of the Penn State Berks Technology Club, Adams is very engaged on campus. As part of his role in the Technology Club, he was instrumental in bringing Benyah Shaparenko, product manager for speech at Google, to campus to give a presentation. Adams also works as an intern for a Penn State Berks student startup company called Traduki, which provides virtual real-time translation services…”
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Responsibilities of Award recipient
The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service. It is the recipient’s responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify Simplr should the award monies not arrive within 30 days from the issue date.