Theme: Big Data for Digital/Financial Inclusion
Innovating for the next billions requires a different analytical mindset and engagement approaches. The drive towards the achievement of the millennium development goals requires a need-based deployment of machine learning and artificial intelligence methodologies in ways that address fundamental socio-economic issues with significant local content.
Big Data is not an end in itself but a mean to solving complex social puzzles; demystifying underlying behavioural drivers buried in unstructured data, identifying multi-attribute alternative data when traditional data are absent, articulating the non-obvious insight due to digital divide or illiteracy and simplifying engagement channels in the natural language of the target audience via speech-based chatbots and USSD interface. This is the path to achieving Prof C.K. Prahalad’s 4As of penetrating the bottom of the pyramid (Awareness, Access, Affordability and Availability) and the Niti Bhan’s 5Ds (Development, Design, Demand, Distribution and Dignity) of integrating the socially excluded.
2018 is therefore dedicated to an exploration into the world of the underserved, unserved, digi-phobias, digital aliens, thin-file invisible customers and the over 50% in the critical mass through an intelligent use of machine learning and big data (structured, unstructured, audio, video or text).
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Earlier this year MIIA has partnered with Data Science Nigeria and participated in their first Data Science Bootcamp (see Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa collaboration with Data Science Nigeria). In follow-up to this, Data Science Nigeria is having two major upcoming events during 12-15 October 2017, its 1st National Big Data Economy Summit & 2nd Data Science Bootcamp in Lagos, Nigeria.
MIIA's introductory video to the Dta Science Nigeria's 1st National Big Data Economy Summit & 2nd Data Science Bootcamp:
The 1st National Summit on Big Data Economy will bring together industry leaders, business executives, academia and cross-industry data science practitioners to discuss a Nigerian-centric Big Data agenda, especially as it relates to the practical application of data science in driving socio-economic development in emerging markets. Sessions will include practical showcase of data science application in the economy, consumer behaviour, health, business, city planning, security, agriculture, manufacturing and logistics. Dr Yemi Kale, the Statistician General of the Federation will be the keynote speaker as the No 1 data champion in the country.
The 2nd Data Science bootcamp will run side-by-side between Thursday, 12 October and Sunday, 15 October 2017. The bootcamp will include face-to-face teaching, virtual online classes, and a hands-on hackathon using the Kaggle platform on latest tools in Machine learning and advanced Statistics for Data science. The sessions will be facilitated by leading Nigerian data scientists and many international PhD-level data scientists, including both industry professionals and academics.
We do believe that these two events collaboration will reinforce the increasing importance of data in our national development and further position Data Science Nigeria as a transformational lighthouse and an enabler of the emerging knowledge-based economy.
MIIA will also be represented at the inaugural AI Africa Conference on 26 and 27 October 2017 at Mediterranean Conference Centre, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, where Dr Jacques Ludik will be delivering a keynote address on "AI in Africa - Past, Present & Future" as well as a presentation on "Operationalizing of AI and Big Data & Analytics to help businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era". The event is aimed at bringing together, under one roof, all stakeholders in AI on the African continent for the purposes of networking, enhancing knowledge and sharing new ideas and emerging trends. More details about this event will be made available soon.
See the following web page for details: http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/activities/ai-africa-conference/
Data Science Bootcamp: 20-22 January 2017
See feedback on the recent MIIA - Data Science Nigeria collaboration with respect to a Data Science Bootcamp (140 participants) that was held in Lekki axis of Lagos State from 20-22 January 2017: https://lnkd.in/gwUmNMe
For some photos of the Data Science Bootcamp in Nigeria, see also https://lnkd.in/gAzTCW8
The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) is excited to announce a partnership with Data Science Nigeria, a non-profit organization to accelerate data science adoption and raise a new breed of local experts by training and mentoring young Nigerians through face-to-face, virtual online classes, project-based support and holiday boot camps. Data Science Nigeria, an initiative of MTN’s executive, Bayo Adekanmbi, has launched on 26 November 2016 with Dr Uyi Stewart, Chief Data Scientist with IBM, USA that lead the plenary session. Data Science Nigeria, has now progressed to skill development workshops and will run the first bootcamp in Lekki axis of Lagos State between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 January 2017 (see links below for more details). The bootcamp will address competence gaps in Python, R, Machine learning, and general Data science concepts with real-world case studies. MIIA will be represented by Dr Jacques Ludik who will lead a Q&A session on Saturday morning 21 January 2017 via Webinar dial-in along with some other Data Science experts from the MIIA community. If you are Data Science expert that’s interested to participate via Webinar dial-in, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.