7th Mar 2023
February 16, 2023
As AI takes the spotlight, one critical consideration must stay at the fore of its everyday use — equity. This is even more true when it comes to AI-powered tools designed for kids.
In October last year, SoapBox became the first AI company to be awarded the new Prioritizing Racial Equity in AI Design certification from Digital Promise and the EdTech Equity Project.
EdTech Equity’s mission is to champion the needs of students of color by promoting and guiding the design and development of more equitable products at edtech companies.
Martyn Farrows and Amelia Kelly recently hosted a discussion on equity with the co-founders of The EdTech Equity Project, Madison Jacobs and Nidhi Hebbar.
Some short clips from their discussion are below. You can also watch the full hour-long conversation here:
Prior to founding The EdTech Equity Project, Nidhi and Madison felt there was a lack of public dialogue on the intersection of race, technology, and education, and a lack of understanding of how black and brown students experience bias in edtech products.
Nidhi explains further:
Amelia describes the SoapBox approach to gathering voice data to ensure our datasets represent voices of all races and ethnicities. The process is called “Describe the Picture.”
Madison follows by explaining why “Describe the Picture” is a simple, yet profound, way to test voice AI, ensuring it understands children when they speak naturally, with friends, parents, or siblings.
Madison explains how Product teams can challenge assumptions and encourage more open and creative conversations about equitable product design.
Equity-led design not only leads to better, more inclusive products it also encourages more cross-functional collaboration and a more positive company culture overall. Amelia explains:
7th Mar 2023