This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-04-14 17:00:00 to 2023-04-17 05:00:00. View results

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Join us for this month's alignment jam! See all the starter resources here to engage with Neel Nanda's existing content. 

Join this AI safety hackathon to find new perspectives on the "brains" of AI!

48 hours intense research in interpretability, the modern AI neuroscience.

We focus on interpreting the innards of neural networks using methods developed from mechanistic interpretability! With the starter Colab code, you should be able to quickly get a technical insight into the process.

We provide you with the best starter templates that you can work from so you can focus on creating interesting research instead of browsing Stack Overflow. You're also very welcome to check out some of the ideas already posted!  


Follow the calendar to stay up-to-date with the schedule! It kicks off with the recorded and live-streamed keynote talk by Neel Nanda Friday and ends Sunday night.

Jam Sites

If you are part of a local machine learning or AI safety group, you are very welcome to set up a local in-person site to work together with people on this hackathon! We will have several across the world and hope to increase the amount of local spots.

How to participate

Create a user on the (this) website and click participate. We will assume that you are going to participate and ask you to please cancel if you won't be part of the hackathon.


You will work on research ideas you generate during the hackathon and you can find more inspiration below.


Everyone will help rate the submissions together on a set of criteria that we ask everyone to follow. This will happen over a 2-week period and will be open to everyone!

Each submission will be evaluated on the criteria below:

ML SafetyHow good are your arguments for how this result informs the longterm alignment and understanding of neural networks? How informative is the results for the field of ML and AI safety in general?
InterpretabilityHow informative is it in the field of interpretability? Have you come up with a new method or found revolutionary results?
Novelty Have the results not been seen before and are they surprising compared to what we expect?
Generality Do your research results show a generalization of your hypothesis? E.g. if you expect language models to overvalue evidence in the prompt compared to in its training data, do you test more than just one or two different prompts and do proper interpretability analysis of the network?
Reproducibility Are we able to easily reproduce the research and do we expect the results to reproduce? A high score here might be a high Generality and a well-documented Github repository that reruns all experiments.


We have many ideas available for inspiration on the Interpretability Hackathon ideas list. A lot of interpretability research is available on distill.pubtransformer circuits, and Anthropic's research page.

Introductions to mechanistic interpretability

Digestible research

Below is a talk by Esben on a principled introduction to interpretability for safety:


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