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Research Augmentation Hackathon: Supercharging AI Alignment

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Join us for an exhilarating weekend at the Research Augmentation Hackathon, where we'll develop innovative tools and methods to boost AI safety research progress by 5x or even 10x with new research tools!
Jul 26
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Jul 29, 2024
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Research Augmentation Hackathon: Supercharging AI Alignment

Independently organized SprintX
📈 Accelerating AI Safety
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Canceled

Research Augmentation Hackathon: Supercharging AI Alignment

Research Augmentation Hackathon: Supercharging AI Alignment

Independently organized SprintX
📈 Accelerating AI Safety
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Aug
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AI Safety Deep Tech Startup Hackathon

Independently organized SprintX
📈 Accelerating AI Safety
Virtual & local
30
Aug
Canceled

AI Safety Deep Tech Startup Hackathon

AI Safety Deep Tech Startup Hackathon

Independently organized SprintX
📈 Accelerating AI Safety
Virtual & local
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Agent Security Hackathon

Independently organized SprintX
📈 Accelerating AI Safety
Virtual & local
13
Sep
Canceled

Agent Security Hackathon

Agent Security Hackathon

Independently organized SprintX
📈 Accelerating AI Safety
Virtual & local

Welcome to our Accelerating AI Safety Sprint Season! Here, we'll focus on building concrete solutions and tools to solve key questions in AI safety. Join our exciting hackathons to develop new research in deep tech AI safety, agent security, research tooling, and policy.

The Flagging AI Risks Sprint Season has finished and ran from March to June 2024 after four research hackathons focused on catastrophic risk evaluations of AI. A cohort of researchers has been invited to continue their research from these.

In-Person & Online

Join events on the Discord or at our in-person locations around the world! Follow the calendar here.

Live Mentorship Q&A

Our expert team will be available to help with any questions and theory on the hackathon Discord.

For Everyone

You can join in the middle of the Sprint if you don't find time and we provide code starters, ideas and inspiration; see an example.

Awards & Next Steps

We will help you take the next steps in your research journey with the Apart Lab Fellowship, providing mentorship, help with publication, funding, etc.
With partners and collaborators from
winning hackathon projects
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Sandbag Detection through Model Degradation

Cam Tice, Philipp Alexander Kreer, Fedor Ryzhenkov, Nathan Helm-Burger, Prithviraj Singh Shahani
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July 8, 2024
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rAInboltBench : Benchmarking user location inference through single images

Le "Qronox" Lam ; Aleksandr Popov ; Jord Nguyen ; Trung Dung "mogu" Hoang ; Marcel M ; Felix Michalak
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May 31, 2024
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Beyond Refusal: Scrubbing Hazards from Open-Source Models

Kyle Gabriel Reynoso, Ivan Enclonar, Lexley Maree Villasis
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May 8, 2024
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EscalAtion: Assessing Multi-Agent Risks in Military Contexts

Gabriel Mukobi*, Anka Reuel*, Juan-Pablo Rivera*, Chandler Smith*
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October 2, 2023
February 24, 2024
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Investigating Neuron Behaviour via Dataset Example Pruning and Local Search

Alex Foote
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November 15, 2022
February 24, 2024
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We Discovered An Neuron

Joseph Miller, Clement Neo
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January 25, 2023
February 24, 2024
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Agreeableness vs. Truthfulness

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October 18, 2022
February 24, 2024
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Automated Sandwiching: Efficient Self-Evaluations of Conversation-Based Scalable Oversight Techniques

Sophia Pung, Gabriel Mukobi
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February 16, 2023
February 24, 2024
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Data Taxation

Joshua Sammet, Per Ivar Friborg, William Wale
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July 21, 2023
February 24, 2024
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Discovering Latent Knowledge in Language Models Without Supervision - extensions and testing

Agatha Duzan, Matthieu David, Jonathan Claybrough
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December 19, 2022
February 24, 2024
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Detecting Implicit Gaming through Retrospective Evaluation Sets

Jacob Haimes, Lucie Philippon, Alice Rigg, Cenny Wenner
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November 27, 2023
February 24, 2024
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Evaluating Myopia in Large Language Models

Marco Bazzani, Felix Binder
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September 10, 2023
February 24, 2024
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Exploring the Robustness of Model-Graded Evaluations of Language Models

Simon Lermen, Ondřej Kvapil
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July 2, 2023
February 24, 2024

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The Apart Sprints are short hackathons and challenges focused on the most important questions in AI security. We collaborate with aligned organizations and labs across the globe.

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🥳 Hear from previous participants

"
This Hackathon was a perfect blend of learning, testing, and collaboration on cutting-edge AI Safety research. I really feel that I gained practical knowledge that cannot be learned only by reading articles.
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Yoann Poupart
BlockLoads CTO
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It was an amazing experience working with people I didn't even know before the hackathon. All three of my teammates were extremely spread out, while I am from India, my teammates were from New York and Taiwan. It was amazing how we pulled this off in 48 hours in spite of the time difference. Moreover, the mentors were extremely encouraging and supportive which helped us gain clarity whenever we got stuck and helped us create an interesting project in the end.
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Akash Kundu
Apart Lab Fellow
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It was great meeting such cool people to work with over the weekend! I did not know any of the other people in my group at first, and now I'm looking forward to working with them again on research projects! The organizers were also super helpful and contributed a lot to the success of our project.
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Lucie Philippon
France Pacific Territories Economic Committee
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The Interpretability Hackathon exceeded my expectations, it was incredibly well organized with an intelligently curated list of very helpful resources. I had a lot of fun participating and genuinely feel I was able to learn significantly more than I would have, had I spent my time elsewhere. I highly recommend these events to anyone who is interested in this sort of work!
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Chris Mathwin
MATS scholar

🤯 Published hackathon projects

✨ More than 200 research teams

AI Safety unionization for bottom-up governance
AI Safety Subproblems for Software Engineering Researchers
AI Safety Talent Pool Identification
Analysis of upcoming AGI companies
Authority bias to ChatGPT
ChatGPT Alignment Talent Search
Catalogue of AI safety
Critique of OpenAI's alignment plan
Diversity in AI safety
New AI organization brainstorm
Risk Defense Initiative
Simon's Time-Off Newsletter
Evaluating Myopia in Large Language Models
Marco Bazzani, Felix Binder
In the Mirror: Using Chess to Simulate Agency Loss in Feedback Loops
Helios Lyons
Preserving Agency in Reinforcement Learning under Unknown, Evolving and Under-Represented Intentions
Harry Powell, Luigi Berducci
Against Agency
Catherine Brewer
Agency as Shanon information. Unveiling limitations and common misconceptions
Ivan Madan, Hennadii Madan
Discovering Agency Features as Latent Space Directions in LLMs via SVD
max max
Comparing truthful reporting, intent alignment, agency preservation and value identification
Aksinya Bykova
Uncertainty about value naturally leads to empowerment
Filip Sondej
Agency, value and empowerment.
Benjamin Sturgeon, Leo Hyams
ILLUSION OF CONTROL
Mary Osuka