Bulgaria: Humans in the Loop (HITL) which employs asylum-seekers and refugees won the national prize for Employment-Related Social Innovation
The Bulgarian social enterprise Humans in the Loop (HITL) which employs asylum-seekers and refugees won the national prize for Employment-Related Social Innovation given yearly by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy on 15 December 2020.
HITL was established in Bulgaria by Ms. Iva Gumnishka, a Columbia University graduate, in 2017 as a social enterprise that employs and trains refugees to provide data services to companies to train and test their Machine Learning (ML) algorithms. At present, HITL has a workforce of more than 250 conflict-affected people who are working to power some of the most exciting applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In addition, HITL offers other services such as Bulgarian and English language classes.
HITL has received numerous recognitions for their work, including winning the 2020 Solve - MIT competition in the Good Jobs and Inclusive Entrepreneurship category and being featured as a “good practice” the official EU portal on migrant integration EWSI.