Artificial intelligence: Women gaining ground in key technology

Series (2): "Female AI - four questions for women in AI" - Franziska Wittleder
28 July 2021
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Artificial Intelligence offers an exciting variety of career paths especially for women. The Hamburg-based AI company Synergeticon, the ARIC Hamburg association and the educational initiative proTechnicale have launched the "Female AI - Four Questions to Women in AI" campaign to encourage young women to seek a profession in the growing field of artificial intelligence. In co-operation with the "Female AI" series, Hamburg News portrays women who have successfully gained a foothold in AI and presents their careers and areas of responsibility.



Four questions to Franziska Wittleder

Hamburg News: What precisely do you do in the AI sector and where

Franziska: I'm currently Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Merantix, an AI venture studio in Berlin. I intend launching my own AI start-up in the next months. When I moved back from San Francisco last year, I spoke out about the lack of companies in Germany implementing advanced AI. Doing something yourself is probably the best way of complaining. I also support the Artificial Intelligence Center (ARIC) Hamburg with AI topics as ARIC is doing great work to advance the vision of "establishing Hamburg as an AI location".


Franziska Wittleder
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Franziska Wittleder

Hamburg News: How did you enter the AI sector?

Franziska: By mistake. I started programming at my first employer, Axel Springer, out of curiosity. At the time, I was allowed to jointly found a start-up for Axel Springer and spent plenty of time working with our programmers, who encouraged and motivated me to programme. Later, I gained my first real programming experience at Soundcloud where I heard about artificial intelligence for the first time. I jumped onto the AI bandwagon through my Master's degree in America and later as part of my job in San Francisco. 

Hamburg News: What do you plan to do in future?

Franziska: I plan to build useful, impactful things with AI. I would also like to collaborate with great people and have fun in the process.

Hamburg News: Why should more women seek a career in AI?

Franziska: It’s fun! AI is an incredibly diverse, continuously evolving discipline. It certainly never gets boring and you learn new things every day. If AI is truthfully the new electricity, there's basically something for everyone - from bakers to fashion companies. Do not fall prey to the belief that work in AI involves only very specific fields and companies. Think instead about your priorities and what you would like to change. Then, AI becomes a great tool for achieve that goal.

Other parts in the series "Female AI – four questions to women in AI“

Artificial intelligence: Four questions to Ela Daniliuc, Synergeticon