Three years ago, our first website went live. 

 The purpose and focus of Informed.AI has always been, and still is, to enable people to learn more artificial intelligence, making the subject more accessible to everyone. Essentially Supporting the AI Community. 

Since the first website, our platform has grown tremendously, creating a complete ecosystem and platform for the sharing of AI knowledge. 

The past three years have been an amazing journey, adding more functionality to into.AI (previously called homeAI.info) creating a number supporting sites for specific parts of the ecosystem. But the most enjoyable part of this for us has always been meeting people and helping them to engage better with the wider AI community. 

Even in those early days, we appreciated the importance of keeping the users of the sites happy, always open to feedback and comments from those using the platform. In-fact only last month, we held our first AI RoundTable, which provided much valuable feedback and suggestions on how to make the ecosystem better, many of which we will be implementing over the coming months.

Over the three years, our user base has demonstrated wonderfully encouraging organic growth. We now have close to 1,000 visitors per day to our websites from every country across the world. 6,000 members are part of our Neurons professional network with 25 groups in 15 countries and this is expanding on a weekly basis, and with nearly 100,000 followers of our various social media channels, and several thousand people subscribing to our various newsletters. 

We also have a great network of volunteers, from the chapter leaders of the various meetup groups, to the judges for the for annual achievement awards, and the central team that support me on many other tasks and plans.

This is truly a community for the people, run by the people, and it makes me so proud to be part of it.

I want to thank you all for being part of the community and ask that you share with you friends and colleagues and help us make this the best and biggest AI community. 

The one site we launched three years ago, has grown into a number of sites, that forms the complete AI ecosystem, as shown below:

into.AI

We recently rebranded from homeAI.info, wanting to align with our other .AI domains, and make it a bit more obvious what we are all about. 

We want to thank everyone for their continued involvement. We are always looking for contributors, to submit stories, press releases and thought leadership articles. Sharing your news and thoughts is all part what this ecosystems is designed for, so please don’t hesitate to submit your news on our platform. 

We are now also creating our own unique stories, articles and papers, which we hope you will enjoy. This exclusive content will also be shared as part of our newsletters.

We have a regular spotlight for those AI companies / startups that want to showcase their new products to the community. Totally free method of promoting yourselves. We have also featured individuals who have authored books for example. 

Awards.AI

The AI Awards, have been a huge success on a global scale, we have already awarded 27 winners of the AI Awards. Having now entered our third year, we are making it a much bigger programme of events throughout the year. Currently still open for nominations, across 53 categories of awards, the judging and showcases will occurring in the coming months at various locations, with the awards ceremony happening in early December. 

This is the Oscars of the AI tech world, the only independent AI Awards. 

Neurons.AI and Chapters.Neurons.AI

We continue to grow our Professional Network for AI Practitioners and Researchers call Neurons. This is a mix of both online and offline interactions, with meetups, forums, user blogs and messaging. This platform allows us to facilitate the knowledge sharing between organisations, allowing us all to benefit from the open developments of this field. 

We have over twenty Chapters in 15 countries around the world, and continue to grow the number every month.

If you would like to lead a chapter in your City, please let us know.

Events.AI

Now listing over 200 AI related events, conferences, meetups, one-day events and webinars. With the largest list of discount codes for AI conferences in one place.

Vocation.AI

One of the key issues highlighted by the Royal Society report on Machine Learning was the potential skills gap as an industry we are facing. Obviously there isn’t a single solution to this, but we hope both into.AI from a training and education perspective, and Vocation.AI from a career portal and jobs board will help to support this key area of development needed over the coming years.

Updated with a fresh new design a few months ago, we are looking to partner with agencies and companies to list opportunities as well as allow candidates to post their profiles and CVs online.

Showcase.AI

With our first AI RoundTable being a successful event, we are planning to host more in the coming months.

We have plans to host a Summit later this year, plus our Quarterly Showcase events too, providing Online Live Demonstrations of AI Products, Frameworks and Tools.

We also plan to host an Annual UnConference for Researchers to better share ideas and receive feedback (more on this soon). 

Other Updates

In addition to growing our user-base, our number of volunteers, and the functionality provided by our websites, we also upgraded to a new website hosting company, providing much improved site performance. The migrations occurred seamlessly without any significant issue. We also updated our logos and colour schemes. We added facebook pages for each site, a linkedIn group and a slack channel. 

Growth and Funding

Our main challenge with this ecosystem, is that there is so much more we would do with the platform, given more time, resources and with a little bit of funding. To this end, we are currently seeking seed funding for Informed.AI and am also looking at alternative methods, such as crowd funding (watch this space). 

We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities across the platform, including the Awards and Neurons. If you would like your company to be associated with the great work we are doing with this ecosystem, please contact us for more details. 

In addition we have a number of additional projects and sites in the planning stage which we will be launching in the coming months, which will add new capabilities to our portfolio of sites.

Volunteers Needed

We are always looking for more help and support from volunteers. 

We need more chapter leaders, and co-leads for each chapter, with additional support for each too.

Much more help on content for many of our sites, from blogs to structured updates on specific sites. We really need alot of help here.

Partnerships, Sponsorships and Business Development are all areas we need to extend and develop over the coming months. We would appreciate any help from people who believe they can contribute to these areas for us.

We Value your Support Feedback and Comments

As always, your feedback is welcomed and encouraged, as we want to make sure we are delivering useful sites and functionality. The best way to do this is email us at talk@into.AI

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Dr Andy Pardoe
Founder of the Informed.AI Group
AndyPardoe.com
@DrAndyPardoe

Our group of websites includes:

http://into.AI
http://Neurons.AI
http://Chapters.Neurons.AI
http://Awards.AI
http://Events.AI
http://Showcase.AI
http://Vocation.AI
http://Study.AI
http://Informed.AI

Our social media:

@into_AI
@Awards_AI
@Events_AI
@Showcase_AI
@Vocation_AI
@Neurons_AI
@Informed_AI

We also have facebook pages and our Informed.AI LinkedIn page.

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