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Yashvardhan Sharma

@yashvardhan

Community Building at Minerva University | Office Manager @ SERI MATS | Interested in AI Governance / Policy

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yashvardhan-sharma-38a092140/
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Yashvardhan Sharma

5 months ago

The Long-Term Future Fund's grantmaking seems highly impactful, and seeing that they are currently underfunded is why I'm doing my small part.

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Yashvardhan Sharma

5 months ago

Happy to do my small part in supporting projects at LTFF!

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Yashvardhan Sharma

6 months ago

I'm mostly deferring to @RenanAraujo 's testimonial here along with a brief look at the current work of this project. As a fellow community builder, I think hackathons are a really solid way to a) incentivize people to learn about alignment and b) for people already interested, to people to test their fit for it. I think I like the idea of publishing the best ideas from the hackathon as a way to formalize people's work from the hackathons. The process of taking a hackathon concept to a published paper provides great intellectual enrichment, while the tangible published work can also benefit participants' careers.

Not sure which of these already exists, but to further encourage participation and career development, some things that I'd recommend are:

  • Offer mentorship and support to participants to further develop their projects after the hackathon ends. This helps ensure the best ideas don't just fizzle out after the competition ends.

  • Connect participants with relevant job opportunities in the AI Safety space. Having hackathons lead to jobs or at least relevant connections for collaboration/mentorship would likely give incentives for top talent to participate in them.

  • Track the career progress of hackathon participants over time. Collecting metrics on promotions, new jobs, and other advancements that resulted from hackathon participation.

  • Share success stories of participants who advanced their careers through hackathon projects.