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Velocity Foundations: Art in the age of AI

Velocity Foundations is a great way to learn about important issues while building an innovative mindset. Over 9 weeks we will explore a big societal challenge and provide expert guidance and innovative tools to find insights and solutions that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Winter 2024 challenge

It’s no secret that AI has been changing and enhancing the nature of work across different industries, but what about creative industries? Artists, designers, and musicians want AI art to be regulated, while technology companies insist on fair use. This winter, students in Foundations will dive into the many aspects of generative AI, art, and opportunities for innovation.

Together we will,

  • Speak with students, researchers, and other stakeholders to learn about a problem first-hand
  • Find out how artists, legal experts, and industry views the problem
  • Connect the dots to find the root causes and;
  • Find a better way to solve the problem

Interested in joining Velocity’s Foundations program?

Winter 2024 applications are now closed

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Test Your Assumptions, Gain Insights 

Foundations unites you with students who are committed to addressing a major societal issue while equipping you with advanced skills, tools, and direct access to expert guidance.  

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye 

Knowing how to problem-solve effectively has many positives like helping you make better decisions, increasing your confidence, improving your critical thinking skills, enhancing your creativity and innovation, helping you manage obstacles and setbacks, and lead to greater success and satisfaction. Plus, problem-solving skills are highly valued in the job market.  

How it works

Foundations is a multi-week program consisting of weekly 2-hour group sessions, along with regular check-ins with a Velocity team member experienced in problem analysis. Students will create their personal goals and milestones for the program and Velocity will help you achieve them.

Weekly Group Sessions  

The program aims to enhance your knowledge and expertise in a particular problem domain by actively engaging you in ideation, research, and skill-building activities.

Subject Matter Experts

The program provides connections to subject matter experts who bring experience and insight to the related topic.

Indispensable Coaching

During the program you will meet regularly with a Velocity coach who has expertise in problem analysis. This coach can also assist you with other areas of interest.

Eligibility & Requirements

If you are interested in meeting new people, adding new skills to your toolbox, and developing market & industry research knowledge by examining the topic of art in the age of AI, this is for you. This is not academic research!

To participate you must be:

  • A current student at the University of Waterloo   
  • Have an interest in the topic for the semester  
  • Be prepared to commit to participating in scheduled sessions
  • Have a curious mind and passion for learning

If you have any questions about the program, eligibility, or want to discuss it further, contact the program manager.