Upcoming events

    • September 26, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • UND Memorial Union - Large Ballroom

    Join UND President Andy Armacost as he hosts OpenAI President and Co-founder Greg Brockman, co-creator of ChatGPT.
    Mr. Brockman was raised in Thompson, N.D., and is a graduate of Red River High School who took classes and did research at UND while still in high school. He is the Co-Founder and President of OpenAI, a research and deployment company whose mission is to ensure general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits for all of humanity. ChatGPT is the world's fastest growing consumer apps having secured 1 million users in just five days since its launch.

    UND Students can submit questions for Mr. Brockman to UND.inforequest@UND.edu 

    Questions that include a first name, major, and hometown (optional) rise to the top!

    Before OpenAI, he was the founding engineer and CTO of Stripe, which he helped build from 4 to 250 employees.

    President Armacost's conversation with Mr. Brockman will be followed by a UND expert panel discussion on the "Promise & Peril of AI in Higher Education."

    The conversation with Mr. Brockman and subsequent panel discussion can be attended in person or virtually via YouTube or Facebook Live.


    Parking is free for the public on the fourth and fifth floors of the UND Parking Ramp, just east of the Memorial Union, connected via climate-controlled tunnel. There also is pay-as-you-go parking available throughout campus.

    2901 University Avenue Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202

    • September 27, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • UND Memorial Union - Prairie Rose Room

    Northern Plains Ethics Institute is scheduled to host an AI and The Humanities seminar featuring North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark R. Hagerott at noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, at the Memorial Union Prairie Rose room.

    Hagerott’s presentation titled “Promise and Pitfalls of Living with Intelligent Machines in the Age of AI” will explore the relationship with artificial intelligence and humanity.

    The explosion of AI capability, demonstrated by CHAT-GPT released late last year, provides shocking evidence that we are entering an age of epic socio-technological transformation. The question of the Age will be: how do we best share the planet and our societies with a new form of intelligence? 

    Hagerott will offer a framework to help inform the development of adaptive strategies both with intelligent robots and in the metaverse/cyberspace. History and experience can help be our guide, but it will be admitted that with AI, we are witnessing a profound break with the past. The world as we know it is passing away. Come and join the discussion of what might be, both the promise and the pitfalls, living with our new intelligent digital neighbors. 

    Hagerott asks that this be a very interactive discussion with the audience. The audience feedback will be included in an expanded article.

    Prior to his move back home to North Dakota, Dr. Hagerott served on the faculty and held numerous academic leadership roles at the United States Naval Academy. He also served as a planning and strategy director in one of the largest U.S. Army educational organizations, NATO Training Mission, which included army, air force and medical school programs. Hagerott served as distinguished professor and deputy director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies at the Naval Academy and served on the Defense Science Board summer study of unmanned systems 2014-2015. He is a commissioner on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

    Hagerott’s research and writing are focused on the evolution of technology, education and changes in technical career paths, and he is the author of multiple articles and book chapters, with a recent emphasis on unmanned systems. He served as a non-resident cyber Fellow of the New America Foundation, 2015-2017. He was among the first military professors from the United States to brief the Geneva Convention on the challenge of lethal robotic machines and argue the merits of early arms control measures in 2014. In addition, his proposals for national education reform of the Land Grant universities have been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, and have been presented on Capitol Hill and the White House. 

    This event is sponsored by the NPEI, NDSU School of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences and the Dakota Digital Academy.

    Please contact Dennis Cooley at dennis.cooley@ndsu.edu or ndsu.npei@ndsu.edu with questions or comments.

    • September 28, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Webinar

    This discussion will focus on Fargo’s burgeoning artificial intelligence (AI) technology, research, networking groups and new startups, highlighting Scott Meyer’s new firm, Chipp.ai, which helps AI developers monetize their products. Viewers will learn what Chipp.ai does in depth, and how the venture enables other developers in the generative AI space, as well as an update about Chipp.ai’s recent round of seed funding.

    Scott Meyer is an entrepreneur, educator, writer, dad, husband, and runner based in Fargo, ND. He is the founder of co-founder and CEO of Chipp.AI, the easiest payment solution for generative AI developers, unlocking pay-for-use by copying a single line of code.

    The moderator of this session is Jeremy Straub, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NDSU and a Senior Faculty Fellow at NDSU’s Challey Institute. Jeremy’s research spans a continuum from autonomous technology development to technology commercialization to asking questions of technology use ethics, and national and international policy. Prof. Straub has published more than 60 articles in academic journals and more than 100 peer-reviewed conference papers. He serves on multiple editorial boards and conference committees. Prof. Straub is also the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and a member of multiple technical societies.


    • November 16, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Elevate Conference is designed to showcase the tech innovation in our region.

    Our mission is to curate critical thinking, spark creativity, and showcase the wonders of the tech world in a way that leaves our community excited for the future.

    This full day conference consists of morning keynote presentations, hands-on workshops in the afternoon, and time throughout the day to connect with like-minded tech enthusiasts. Bring your ideas and curiosity, and together, let's innovate and discover solutions in the world of tech. Leave with fresh perspectives, new tools, and a renewed drive to make a positive impact on the world through tech innovation.