Ever wondered how Spotify always gets it right when it recommends a song for you? Or how ASOS knows what to
recommend to you at the checkout?
If you’re an undergraduate and want to take part in a free two-week summer camp where you’ll pick up the
fundamentals of artificial intelligence, then look no further – join us at Kainos A.I.Camp this summer.
At Kainos we recognise the potential for machine learning and artificial intelligence to make peoples’ lives
better. There are hundreds of ways in which it will change our lives – from improving the way cars detect
pedestrians to understanding how better to identify and treat disease.
Following on from the success of last summer's A.I.Camp, we're relaunching with a brand new location added into the mix. We’ll welcome 20 students to learn the theory behind artificial intelligence and machine learning – and give you an opportunity to put this into practice in a 12-hour hackathon, developing machine learning technology that will improve lives.
Our Belfast A.I.Camp will take place from 20th August to 1st September.
Our first Birmingham A.I.Camp will take place from 3rd September to 15th September.
Get ahead of your peers with new skills, get experience in working with project teams and above all, enjoy
What you’ll do
Learn the theory of machine learning, which forms the basis of artificial intelligence
Build an intelligent software system that’s powered by a machine learning pipeline
Analyse and modify the datasets so that they can be used for machine learning
Enhance your programming skills and learn new languages such as Python
Get a crash course in machine learning fundamental theory.
Use your new skills to train your machine using real-life datasets.
Take part in a hackathon where you’ll team up and put your new knowledge into practice!
Frequently asked questions
What is A.I.Camp?
A.I.Camp is a 2-week long camp, full of learning, workshops and practical sessions to give
students a good introduction to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and how it can be used
benefit our everyday lives.
How does it actually work?
Members of the Kainos team will provide formal training over the 2 weeks to give you the fundamental
knowledge and skills you’ll need. After the formal training, you’ll be grouped into teams and get the
opportunity to use your new skills in a 12-hour Hackathon – with some cool prizes up for grabs!
How do I apply?
Give us your name and contact details and tell us why we should select you. Tell us why you’re
interested in machine learning. Most importantly, help us to understand who you really are. As well as
providing a C.V., you can upload any supporting material you think may be relevant – a video message,
online portfolio, or anything you’ve already worked on – just pop them in a zip file and upload. Based
on the information you supply, we’ll select a shortlist of candidates and invite you for a telephone
interview before making our final decision.
What are the entry requirements?
You need to be an undergraduate, have an interest in machine learning, and be studying a relevant
What about previous technical experience?
Ideally, you’ll have some programming skills, but you don’t need to be a computer science expert. Most
importantly, you’ll have a genuine interest and a little bit of understanding of machine learning, as
well as a passion for technology in general.
Do I need to be studying IT/Computer Science?
No, while the course content frames the concepts presented around code (written in Python) we won’t treat a lack of programming experience as a disadvantage in the application process.
Machine learning is a broad topic that embraces various skill sets and backgrounds, we feel those who come from other disciplines such as mathematics and statistics (among others) can also succeed.
To supplement this, direct effort will be made initially to bring the campers up to speed with the core fundamental programming principles - therefore an interest in developing programming skills is ideal to enable the campers to solve Machine Learning problems effectively.
Is A.I.Camp open to students from any university?
Yes – students from any year and any university in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply. Bottom
line: if you’re interested and talented, please submit an application and we’ll work with you to get
involved, if possible.
Do you accept students from all years at university?
Yes. This year, we are accepting applications from all students enrolled in a relevant degree.
Is accommodation provided whilst I am taking part in A.I.Camp?
Accommodation is not provided for participants taking part in A.I.Camp.
Register your interest for 2019
Applications for 2018 are now closed.
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You need to be an undergraduate, have an interest in machine learning, and be studying a relevant degree:
Whether you’re a budding data scientist or aspiring software engineer, you’ll pick up skills at the camp
that will complement your current abilities.
Machine learning is a key component of artificial intelligence and represents a challenging and rewarding technological frontier. A.I.Camp will introduce you to this topic and enable you to shape the future of digital services. Taking part in AICamp will foster skills that gives you an edge in your career.
Kainos has given me a fantastic opportunity in the Applied Innovation team: to explore and work with machine learning – a technology that will power many digital services in the coming years.