Saumya Soni is an out of the box, creative thinker who is passionate about using technology including Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Business Intelligence to generate awareness about climate change and solve global environmental challenges to save living organisms on our planet earth. She is the CEO of AI For Environment NonProfit
Having traveled to 31 countries, she believes in a diverse world
This app is used by non-profits in Mexico, USA, India, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Author of two blogs.
Created and launched the ‘AI For Smart Farms’ phone app for the farmers in India with AI-based crop recommendations to increase food yield sustainably
‘Best Innovative AI solution for farmers’ award from Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Government of India for increasing food yield sustainably using ‘AI for Smart Farms’ App
Ambassador for AmPowering Non-profit; represented Washington at Nationals Made (& delivered) food regularly to the homeless and familied in need in Seattle during pandemic
Singer and Teaching assistant, Swaranjali School of Music. Learning Indian Classical singing for last 10 years. Performed, including solo performances in 5+ shows with audiences of up to 8000 people. Earned a Junior Diploma in Hindustani Classical music
Saumya Soni joins Seth Juarez on
Microsoft AI Show to showcase her creation, AI for Birds - a phone app that bird
enthusiasts can use to predict the bird species name and learn more about the
species. AI for Birds showcases Cognitive Services with Microsoft Custom Vision
This video is also published on Channel 9. Check it out!
Here is the link to the episode on YouTube : AI Show | AI for Birds and on Channel 9: https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/AI-Show/AI-Show--AI-for-Birds
Positive-thinking enabler, Compassionate Data- Enthusiast.
'I believe we should steer Artificial Intelligence to move into the path of finding new and efficient ways to help our planet cope with and reverse the effects of global warming.' - Founder & CEO of AI For Environment.
Visit: aiforenvironment.org | aiforbirds.com
Saumya Soni joins
Suruchi on JANDHARA24 one of the leading news channels in India to showcase, 'AI
for Smart Farms' - a phone app that offers AI-based crop recommendations to
increase food yield sustainably. This app is based on the vision to enable
data-driven farming & increase farm yield/productivity.
The app is available to download on Google Play Store & Apple App Store
This video is also published on JANDHARA24 . Check it out!
The 2021 Virtual Conference "Jumpstart your Career with AI' organized by Saumya Soni, Founder & CEO, AI For Environment was a huge success!
This event Featured outstanding speakers from Microsoft, Data Science Dojo, BlazingSQL, & Ai for Environment.
Here is the link to the AI event YouTube playlist: 2021 Virtual Event - Jumpstart your Career with Artificial Intelligence - YouTube
'AI For Birds' Phone App installs
Countries where 'AI For Birds' app is being used
Farmers & students attended AI For Environment events worldwide
Views of 'AI For Environment' YouTube channel
Farmers of Jharkhand, India for whom the phone app is being targeted
Bird images of 315 bird species used to train the model in the 'AI For Birds' app
Non-profits collaborating with AI for Environment
Acres of land in Jharkhand, India being monitored using Microsoft Azure FarmBeats by AI For Environment & Jan Jagran Kendra Nonprofit
Volunteers have joined 'AI For Environment'
Awarded ‘Best Innovative AI solution for farmers’ award from Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Government of India
Awarded ‘Champion of Earth’ award from Jan
Partnered with Jan Jagran Kendra and Microsoft to help farmers in India to increase farm yield by utilizing minimum natural resources using Microsoft Azure Farmbeats. Farmbeats uses AI, IoT, satellite imagery and weather info, worked with farmers to predict what crop to sow, where to sow, etc.
DataScienceDojo 16 week course 2020
This course consisted of a mix of lectures, hands-on exercises, data science competition, and collaboration tools. I gained a significant amount of knowledge of R programming, predictive modeling for real world problems, decision tree learning, logistic regression, and more.
Stanford InspiritAI 2020
This program was based on Object Detection for self-driving cars. Developed 3 programs in Jupiter Notebook, using Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), YOLO Neural Network and Perceptron Neural Network. All of them had different accuracies, with YOLO being the highest were used to detect objects from street images, car, pedestrians, traffic lights, trucks, etc.
Stanford Environmental Sciences 2019 (Pre-Collegiate program)
This highly selective summer program gave me an enriching and positive experience as the learning environment had a unique energy. This summer institute program was well organized as it maximized the time spent doing work and becoming friends with a myriad of people from diverse ethnic cultures and places around the world. This three week program felt like it brought in all the great qualities and activities of an entire school year. My favorite outing was when we went to the Santa Cruz wharf and later to UCSC to discover what technologies and machine learning techniques those working at UC Santa Cruz are developing and how they are applying it to the real world.
Capitol Debate x 2 - 2017 & 2018
from the year 2017: Should healthcare be
Topic from the year 2018: Does Artificial Intelligence do more good than harm?
This 2 week debate camp attracted individuals from several different countries and gave insights on public speaking skills and professionalism in public forum. Both years, I stood 2nd place in the varsity public forum debate competition.
YMCA, Water Sustainability Program 2017
ID Tech Camps
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning using Python in July 2018. Coding and development 101 using C++ in July 2017.
Co-founded the environmental club and the Carbon neutral initiative.
To create a
on the environment while generating awareness and coming
up with the
solutions to environmental issues.
We broadened our influence to a global level by partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects edenprojects.org to plant trees:
We calculated the number of trees needed to offset the amount of carbon released for each trip of EBC (Education beyond classroom) and the cost required for it.
We encouraged the students and parents to offset their children’s trip by donating money to plant a certain number of trees and collected $1050 which equivalates to 65,000 trees. Every year, during a week called Education Beyond the Classroom (EBC), students from our school travel to different parts of the world with our teachers. All of this traveling, using cars, planes and other vehicles, emits large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Therefore, we have decided to calculate the number of trees needed to offset the amount of carbon released for each trip and the cost required for it. So, we encouraged the students and parents to offset their children’s trip by donating money to plant a certain number of trees. These funds are given to Eden Reforestation Projects to plant trees in Madagascar which has already been 90% deforested. By doing this we are creating a positive impact on the environment and providing opportunities and income to those who are hired to plant the trees.
Recently we have also been branching out into the community with our new program to teach elementary students about sustainability and climate change. Read more
Won 'Miss Teen India WA 2020' Pageant and Ambassador for 'Ampowering.org' nonprofit.
During COVID-19, preparing and delivering sandwiches to
regularly and distributing free groceries to those in
Going to 'Beauty Pageant Nationals in NJ to represent WA in May 2021.
Volunteered and taught English to 17 adult teachers who teach 400 students.
at the Gram Vikas Sanstha’s Anandam Vidyalay School (India) through weekly Zoom virtual sessions from 14th June to present.
Singing for senior citizens of IAWW during Covid-19.
Organization: ThirdEye Data
Title: Data Analyst Intern
Duration: June 2023 - Present
Project Details: Microsoft: Managed and presented an end-to-end Analytics and AI demo using Azure OpenAI, Databricks and Microsoft Fabric in the Microsoft Booth at the Databricks’ Data & AI Summit in San Francisco.
• Azure Open AI and Semantic Search for Healthcare: Used Azure OpenAI and Semantic Search to create a chatbot for an enterprise to answer questions on liver cancer based on a knowledgebase created using research docs
• Azure OpenAI, Azure Cognitive Services Project: Using python and prompt engineering, created a Large language model (LLM) use-cases for real world scenarios including a pizza delivery chatbot, customer request classification, student evaluation, etc.
• Jan Jagran Kendra (JJK) Project: Collaborated & coordinated across offshore and onshore teams to create an OpenAI application for the JJK team and farmers to ask questions about crop-related government programs, and irrigation activities trained on hundreds of unstructured documents shared by Jan Jagran Kendra. Handled the product cycle including initial feature planning, delivery operations, technical challenges, & clarity on customer needs.
Organization: Data Science Dojo
Title: AI for Birds
Duration: August 24th, 2020 – September 8th, 2020
Project Details: Developed an app which uses Microsoft Custom Vision Services to identify any bird in real-time along with Power BI reports. This app is also published on the android and iPhone app store.
Published two blogs describing the whole process:
The Journey of building a Bird Recognition App using Custom Vision AI, Power BI and Power Apps
Bird Recognition App using Microsoft Custom Vision AI and Power BI
Teach all math levels until Pre-calculus. Also started an initiative to tutor math to middle schoolers at my school (EPS). Believer in education as I believe it brings the world together, so I enjoy teaching kids math and increasing their interest towards it.
Learning Indian classical singing for last 11 years and teaching a weekly music class to other students. Performed on stage during various shows. Performed with Bollywood singer Shankar Mahadevan (and other students) in front of 7,000 people in the Seattle Everett Arena. Sang a solo song during Saif Ali Khan and Javed Jaffrey show.
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence EDX.org
Microsoft Power BI Up and Running with Power BI Desktop from Udemy.
2D AI driven Chess Game, against the computer. The computer calculates the optimized move and path for the black team (calculates the best move for the player by using MiniMax algorithm). My code uses rows and columns to get the coordinates of the possible moves for each piece. It also evaluates the situation of the board by getting the scores for the board (by using the AI MiniMax Algorithm).
Project in math class on Convolutional Neural Networks analyzing how Visual Intelligence can be used to take pictures in real time and use filters to identify the picture (with human-like accuracy) and identify patterns to possibly help save animals from extinction.
I am captivated by Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and the endless potential which these technologies have to solve global challenges, such as climate change, I wish to harness AI to solve global environmental challenges (global warming). One of the main ideas in computer science is problem solving, which is an essential skill I want to adopt in life. While studying computer science, I want to express my creativity and innovation and study the development and analysis of software to solve problems in a variety of scientific, business and social contexts. I enjoy collaborative work and wish to engage in discussions with others to derive answers to important questions. I believe that Artificial Intelligence is becoming a critical reality in today’s society and has the potential to provide us with great ideas. I believe we should steer Artificial Intelligence to move into the path of finding new and efficient ways to help our planet cope with and reverse the effects of global warming.
Passion for singing and won 2nd place in a “Cry Superstar” singing competition in 2019 in Washington State. Love performing on stage, having performed in front of 8,000 people with a famous music composer and singer, 'Shankar Mahadevan' and during Saif Ali Khan show in Seattle (500 audience). Learn more...
Co-founded the Environmental Club at EastSide Prep school to create a positive impact on the environment while generating awareness and coming up with solutions to environmental issue. Broadened our influence by partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects edenprojects.org to plant trees. We calculate the number of trees needed to offset the amount of carbon released for each trip and the cost required for it. So, we encouraged the students and parents to offset their children’s trip by donating money to plant a certain number of trees. We partner with nonprofit to plant trees in Madagascar. Learn more...