An exciting opportunity for CÉGEP students to delve into the perfect fusion of AI technology and ethical considerations while making use of LLMs, (Large Language Models). Through our R&D Program, participants can engage with LLMs, such as ChatGPT, and gain a deep understanding of their capabilities, limitations, and risks, while exploring how they can be used to apply AI for practical applications. 

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About the Program / What to Expect

Over the course of 9 weeks, from February 10 to April 5, 2024 we will immerse ourselves in the realm of Artificial Intelligence and its ethical considerations.

Week 1 – 6

Each Saturday, from February 10 to March 16, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, you will delve into various AI topics presented by our AI specialists. This learning experience will be enhanced by quizzes and activities crafted to assess your knowledge and serve as a quick revision.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a team project entirely from inception to completion, under the guidance and mentorship of our AI Specialists.

By the end of the cohort, you will have acquired a deeper understanding of various AI concepts, developed new skills, and gained the confidence required to construct AI projects.

Week 7

A Data Challenge is set to take place from March 22 to 24, 2024, at Dawson College. All participants in the cohort are invited to take part, and further details will be provided at a later time. Please join us for the in-person workshop.

Week 8

Feedback from AI Educators and Mentors on your AI Projects + Presentation rehearsals

Week 9

Each team is required to deliver a presentation showcasing their AI project on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Dawson College. Certificates will be awarded based on successful project completion, regular attendance, and active participation.

Winter 2024 Cohort’s Schedule and Topics


February 10

– Machine Learning 101
– Introduction to Ethics in AI


February 17

– Planning ML Projects + Project Blueprint
– Python Crash Course + Coding with LLM in teams


February 24

– Case Studies using scikit-learn
– Coding models from scratch


March 2

– Ethics in the Model Development Cycle


March 9

– Introduction to NLP
– Introduction to Recurrence + Transformers


March 16

– Advancements in AI Activity
– Time for teamwork – Prep for presentation


March 22

– Data Challenge at Dawson College + Pre-presentation rehearsals for Winter 2024 Cohortians (Virtual)


April 5

– Grand Culmination Event: Team AI Project Presentations at
Dawson College

* During the workshop on each Saturday, students will have an opportunity to collaborate with their teammates to work on their AI project.

* Workshops will be given in English



The programs are part-time and designed to be accessible for students and those who are working, as well as for those who are differently abled


Learn and acquire real world, state of the art skills and experience in AI through creation supported by mentorship, and push the boundaries of AI in research and development projects


Income and wealth should never be barriers to access and education, especially in a field that is as transformational and pivotal as AI. Representation and decision-making power in the AI community must reflect the broader population in order to have AI that benefits and does not reinforce and accelerate inequality of opportunity


R&D programs strongly support diversity in tech and strive to promote a more inclusive tech culture by prioritizing the empowerment of and the selection of women, LGBTQ2S individuals, visible minorities, immigrants, those of all ages, Indigenous Peoples, and disabled or differently abled individuals

Summer 2021 R&D Programs

Summer 2021 R&D Programs

Real world, state-of-the-art (and beyond) projects

From combining operations research and machine learning in order to attempt to inject emotions into AI as a step towards AGI to the intersection of virtual and augmented reality (XR) and AI in order to enable the next generation of digital experiences, our AI R&D projects are at the cutting edge of what is (and isn’t yet) possible.


Tailored learning designed for each project

We aren’t in the business of offering cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all curriculums. AI is constantly moving forward and we think the most valuable approach is in diving deeply into each new and distinct challenge and problem solving forward with a focused and relevant plan of action using the newest and most efficient tools available. Each project offered is unique, and a learning plan and timeline will be designed in order to acquire the most modern and valuable experience and skills in order for the best chance to build something truly great.

Community and passion

Beyond a program that offers the best projects and learning experiences possible, we aim to enable the creation of a strong and diverse community. In it we hope you will find connections that last a lifetime, experiences to cherish forever, and a growing passion to change the world. Learning done well can be both fun and meaningful.