Computer whiz Kairo off to Yale internship

  • Useful donation: David Burt, the Premier, is shown with Kairo Morton, who with the help of a $2,500 boost from the Government, will attend a special internship at Yale University on an artificial intelligence PhD project administered by Ruzica Piskac, an assistant professor of computer science

    Useful donation: David Burt, the Premier, is shown with Kairo Morton, who with the help of a $2,500 boost from the Government, will attend a special internship at Yale University on an artificial intelligence PhD project administered by Ruzica Piskac, an assistant professor of computer science


A 16-year-old schoolboy is to take part in a summer internship at a prestigious Ivy League school.

Kairo Morton will attend an invitation-only internship programme at Yale University this month.

He will take part in an artificial intelligence PhD project administered by Ruzica Piskac, an assistant professor of computer science.

Kairo’s skills caught the eye of a Yale faculty member at the Code 441 Bermuda Hackathon event held last December.

David Burt, the Premier, presented Kairo with a $2,500 donation last Friday to help him attend the placement.

The Government’s donation was matched by IT consultants CCS.

Mr Burt said that he was “extremely pleased to acknowledge the talent and hard work” of the teen. He added: “His passion and skill in the areas of computer science and artificial intelligence have been recognised by Yale and the Bermuda Government is extremely proud of his accomplishments thus far.

“We will also assist the family by covering Kairo’s airfare under this government’s new frequent flyer programme set up to enable students to attend opportunities such as this.”

The Morton family were joined at the presentation by Lloyd Fray and Azeem Khan, of CCS Limited.

Mr Fray said that the company believed in “innovative and disruptive technologies with AI and coding of the forefront of the technology revolution”.

He added: “Kairo is leading the charge.”

Kairo is too young to live on campus alone, so he must be accompanied by a family member and funds are needed to cover the expenses.

Anyone who can assist should contact Kairo’s father, Scott Morton, at srjkmorton@gmail.com for more information.

The four-week Yale programme will run from July 22 to August 16.

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Published Jul 17, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 17, 2019 at 6:58 am)

Computer whiz Kairo off to Yale internship

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