About Us

Learn a little about Mac AI.

Our mission is to promote the study and implementation of AI to the undergraduate and graduate students of McMaster. We accomplish this through a wide variety of events and initiatives, including weekly tutorials, a yearly hackathon (MacHacks) and other smaller competitions, projects within our society and in collaboration with other organizations, a yearly networking social, and much more.

Find out about our upcoming events here.

South Korean dignitaries and Mac AI executivesMac AI presentation

Some club executives interspersed with delegates from the South Korean government and the CEO of the Global Policy Institute when we hosted them in 2018.

The first workshop in a series of sponsored events with Microsoft, with nearly 300 total attendees including live-streamers

We have big plans for new and innovative ways to deliver this mission, the likes of which are virtually unprecedented for a student group. We developed McMaster’s first ever open undergraduate AI course, INNOVATE 1Z03, taught by Rhodes Scholar and Mac AI Advisory Board member Matthew Jordan. Four different companies created by Mac AI executives have been accepted into The Forge business incubator. We have formed landmark club partnerships with the Magarvey Laboratories and the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology to develop Mac AI projects.

We have experience on the world stage, having been a featured organization at the 2018 AI World Forum, hosted a bipartisan delegation of 25 South Korean representatives, and submitted projects to international competitions like NTIRE 2020. Our members have also used what they learned at Mac AI to create some amazing projects of their own, including leading as the first-placed finalist in the Canada-wide Leaders Prize for fake news detection.

Find out more about our projects here.

Andrew Leber speaking at a Mac AI meetingMac AI tutorial

Mac AI Founder and 2017-2020 President, Andrew Leber, giving the first General Meeting presentation in 2018.

One of our weekly tutorial sessions — that week’s topic was a walkthrough for a breast cancer detection algorithm.

We are volunteer-led by a dedicated group of undergraduate and graduate students from nearly all academic faculties at McMaster University. Our diverse team embodies the many different initiatives we host and our broad appeal to all students at McMaster. The Mac AI core executive team is supported by sub-teams for each Director, a MacHacks organizing committee, and the Mac AI Advisory Board.

Find out more at our team page.


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Year-End Reviews

Below you can find summarized reviews of our highlights for the past two academic years:

2019–2020 ↗2018–2019 ↗2020–2021 ↗