Almost 15 years ago, Leila Janah founded Sama on the belief that “talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not.” Her vision — to give work, not aid — has since produced ripple effects throughout East Africa and the world.
Much has changed since Sama was first founded, but our committment to Leila’s vision has not wavered. We believe in the work that we do, and have been proud and humbled to have our impact recognized by a series of awards and accolades over recent weeks.
Sama CEO Wendy Gonzalez Wins “Responsible AI Leader” at the Women in AI Awards
At a recent ceremony, Wendy was named winner in the “AI for Good – Responsible AI Leader” category at the Women in Artificial Intelligence North America Awards 2022.
The awards are run by a network of female experts and professionals in AI, whose aim it is to close the gender gap in the sector through representation and participation. Wendy’s win is a proud moment for all at Sama as it recognizes her work in advancing gender-inclusive AI, which benefits a global society.
Speaking after her award, Wendy paid tribute to her peers who awarded her the prize.
“This award is a prestigious recognition and a vital platform in building the credibility and exposure for women in AI across Canada, USA and Mexico. I’m honored to be recognized alongside a group of such inspiring female business leaders.”
We made the CB Insights’ 2022 list of promising AI startups!
Sama was also named as one of the most promising AI start-ups of 2022 in a list drawn up by CB Insights.
Alongside other leading companies in the sector — which work on projects from recycling plastic waste to improving hearing aids and combatting toxic online gaming behavior — Sama was highlighted from a pool of 7,000 companies.
We’re in great company on this list, and we can’t wait to prove that 2022 will indeed be a promising year for Sama.
Last but not least: an honorable mention from Fast Company
Sama was recognized with an honorable mention by Fast Company magazine’s “World Changing Ideas Awards.”
The AI and data category, in which we received the recognition, highlights companies that are using data, machine learning, or AI to greater understand the world and, most importantly, bringing about change as a result.
The collaboration which attracted the attention of the judges was “Project Guideline,” a research project by Google exploring how machine learning can help people with reduced vision to walk and run independently for exercise. Sama’s expert annotators drew precise polygons for the project and delivered high-quality data which was credited as a being a key part in its success.
You can read more about that engagement here: How Sama’s Accurate AI is Helping Blind Runners Run Independently.
Here’s to another impactful year
Congrats to all the other companies who were recognized by Women in AI, CB Insights, and Fast Company. And a special thanks to the amazing teams at Sama working together to help us drive the next generation of AI development.
We are very proud of our achievements and look forward to a future with many more to come, all on our journey toward fulfilling Leila’s vision.