Exploring, Evaluating, Curating Human-Centered Algorithms

Yonah’s mission is to shape the future of algorithms and policies addressing human capacity, ability, wellbeing, spectrums such as social and human-centered AI, emerging learning, work, health and city solutions. It includes screening, evaluating and cooperating with national, public and private projects and funds, co-developing emerging technologies in the field, contributing to policy and ethics frameworks, curating experiential projects. Driven by their own journey, Yonah has spent over a hundred appearances and commentary to bring awareness to social technologies and policies.

Recent announcements

Yonah joins 3rd term as an EIR at Insead The Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship

Contributing to the development of National accessible AI strategies and think tanks in the MENA region

2022-2023 AI city challenges and programs for accessibility

Yonah’s mission is to shape how nations, cities and ecosystems embrace human-centered algorithms, environments, policy and emerging technology – specifically addressing human capacity, ability, wellbeing, spectrums

Example. At least 1 in 6 people living with one or more neurological conditions, 1 in 7 are with cognitive impairments, 1 in 4 adults — suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. All of these differences are connected to the spectrum of ability and comorbidity, sensibility, physical and tactile experiences, visual and color experiences, differences in the systems of learning, memorizing, systemizing, and empathizing. These “invisible disabilities” lead to the biggest level of social exclusion, isolation and rejection across all conditions and states. Unemployment among those with autism is approximately 85%, severe mental health disorders – 68%-83%, Down syndrome – 43%. Social, economic and environmental parameters add even more criteria to this analysis that are distributed across different social layers, subgroups, communities.

Yonah and allies’ work is focused on a more comprehensive vision of society and technology, cities and ecosystems, covering mass and national projects, policy, experiences and culture. Explore more about our projects below, and don’t hesitate to reach us for related requests and initiatives.


National & mass projects, cities

Yonah has spent over 15 years in the capacity of technology explorer, evaluator and reviewer. In particular, Yonah and allies participated in the screening, curation and evaluation of national technology projects, cascade funding and technology transfer programs, public and private technology ecosystems, curated large-scale initiatives and hackathons, contributed to protocols, programs and MOOCs in the field.

The primary focus includes social AI, robotics, IoT, human capacity, wellbeing, city technology. The evaluation covers accordance with recent protocols and criteria – feasibility, manufacturability, adoption, sustainability, ethical and responsible frameworks and guidelines.

Recent ecosystems and projects include:

  • The EU-Commission funded projects and initiatives: AI alliance, AI4EU, Shop4CF, Horizon 2020, TruBlo, Bonsapps, ISDI;

  • Public projects and initiatives organized by authorities of EU, GCC and APAC countries or private initiatives and institutions;

  • City projects, smartathons, hackathons on behalf of public or private entities.


Tech Policy, Adoption, Ethics, Frameworks

In order to empower further adoption and safe use of technology solutions, Yonah and allies work on suggestions and improvements to existing frameworks in cooperation with experts, governors, ethics and policy groups. Recent ones include suggestions to the research for accessible technology, evaluation criteria in the technology transfer landscape, and roundtables related to the multilateral frameworks (ex. -Unesco AI ethics recommendations, EU AI Enforcement act etc)

Why this policy work is important? Until 2019 we lacked frameworks related to AI and disability, until 2020 – to AI and children. Our goal is to fix this and similar gaps to ensure that any technology design or AI are implemented and deployed in a responsible and ethical way, including challenges related to safety, privacy, human-centricity, fairness, transparency, explainability, technical fixes, autonomous and automated variant etc

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Emerging Tech, Experiments

Yonah and allies curate and co-create emerging technology and experiments on behalf of ecosystems, projects or directly – that help to embrace and advance more adaptive and human-centered cities, workplaces and environments. These works address such areas as social AI and humanity, accessibility, neurodiversity, experiential and adaptive technologies, soft robotics and fabrics.


Culture, experiences, community

In order to bring these technologies to society, cities and communities, Yonah and allies curated and co-created a variety of cultural and social projects recently, including:

  • AI for humanity / AI for good programs and festivals;

  • Technology environments and spaces;

  • Community projects and hackathons;

  • Speaking engagements and series.

Yonah hope to expand this area of activities in 2023, Keep in touch with our latest announcements.






Yonah chairs and spends speaking engagements, panels, participates in high-level policy meetings and roundtables, provides interviews and commentary addressing algorithmic diversity and accessibility, tech and society, policy and ethics.

Recent media and public appearances include:

WISE24 June 19

Zinc Mission 3 June 24

Conception X June 25

StartEd July 15

500 Startups Talk July 23

Zinc Mission 3 July 30

ALA Aug 25

Techstars Summit Sep 1

StartEd Sep 2

We Need A Change Sep 5

Data Ethics For All Sep 17

Ada Lovelace Hackathon Oct 10

Talk With Sophie Baron Oct 13

A2i Dyslexia Oct 14

Future Hub Oct 15

Bridge For Billions Oct 26

MIT Hack For The Future Nov 8

Teens In AI Podcast Nov 12

Talent Hack – AI & Blockchain Nov 15

Design The Future Nov 19

Insead Indevor Postponed

Boundless Nov 25

Horasis Asia Meeting Nov 30

500 Startups South Korea Dec 2

SEF Dec 5

Blockchain Israel Dec 7

AI Summit New York Dec 9

FemTech Dec 15

Way Davos Dec 19

Women Think Tank Dec 23

Tech For Disability Jan 14

Young Founders Summit Jan 16

Disability Tech UK Feb 10

Digital AI Conclave Feb 10

Are You A Robot Feb 26

MozFest Mar 8

CreAItivity Mar 13

Entrepreneurship Ethics Mar 15

Horasis AI Mar 18

Artificial Intelligence EU Mar 25

SparkFest Mar 30

MEET Apr 11

Futures Lab Apr 20

Rethinking Economics Apr 22

Lebanon IoT & AI May 4

World Humanitarian Forum May 19

Datalift May 28

Internet Freedom June 3

Women In AI June 4

RightsCon June 7

WomenTech June 8

Wonder Women Tech LatinX June 10

Dublin Tech Summit June 17

IWIB June 18

ML Innovation June 22

EU Tech Chamber July 8

Human Rights Copenhagen Aug 17

Pondering AI Sep 1

Times Higher Education Sep 3

Tech London Advocates Sep 21

AI Summit London Sep 23

Diversity In Tech Awards Oct 1

Women in IT Oct 13

She Loves Tech Oct 13/16

FWD 50 Nov 2

Women In Tech Nov 3

Women Of Mena Tech Nov 4

AWE US 2021 Nov 9

AI World Congress Postponed

Formwelt Nov 13

Girlscript Summit Nov 15<

Responsible AI Dec 7

ML Con Berlin Dec 7/8

Cognitive AI Postponed

AI Asia Conference Postponed


News, announcements, projects

Community & Picks

Yonah Welker, presenting at Unesco Digital Learning Week 2024, Disability-Centered AI Policy
Yonah Welker, ministry panel at Unesco Digital Learning Week, Disability-Centered AI Policy
Yonah Welker, Unesco Digital Learning Week, Disability-Centered AI Policy
Yonah Welker. Leap 2024
Yonah Welker. Generative AI Summit
Yonah Welker. AI Cannes Festival 2024
Yonah Welker. TUM University
Yonah Welker. AI Act Summit 2024


If you have a request, do not hesitate to use the form on the right. For policy and the public – .org, expert requests and commentary – GLG, EOND, Dialectica, speaking/media – AAE.

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