2016 Events

Events

On this page we share and highlight MIIA events accross the continent as well as other Machine Intelligence or Data Science related events and conferences in Africa and elsewhere. MIIA is also currently on Meetup. We currently have a Meetup group in Cape Town and another one that we have started in Johannesburg/Sandton/Pretoria, but intend to have several Meetup groups in key areas accross the continent. We also plan to make use of Google Hangouts for broader live interaction.

We would also like to encourage the MIIA community to use our real-time community messaging platform (MIIA on Slack) to interact and arrange meetings in your part of the continent. To join the MIIA community on Slack, our real-time community messaging platform, please sign-up here. The #events channel on Slack can for example be utilised for this purpose. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org if you have any ideas or recommendations in this regard.

MIIA YouTube channel - Playlist: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOqigXLyHjNYf8R4WIM7HMVbQpQ03QNu- 

 

 

 

 

11. MIIA Meetup at LaunchLab - 30 November 2016

MIIA Meetup at LaunchLab, Stellenbosch on 30 November 2016 at 6pm

In follow-up to the successful MIIA Meetup in October, herewith the agenda and corresponding links for the MIIA Meetup on 30 November 2016 (see MIIA Meetup and MIIA Events for details), sponsored by Cortex Logic.

Agenda for MIIA Meetup @ LaunchLab on 30 November 2016 at 6pm

The meetup format consists of presentations and Q&A (approximately an hour) followed by sufficient time for networking and discussions afterwards.

 

10. MIIA Meetup at Rise Africa - 27 October 2016

MIIA Meetup @ Barclays Rise (with some snacks and drinks sponsored by Barclays Rise)

http://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/

We are looking at showcasing and sharing a number of Data Science & Machine Intelligence use cases by members of the MIIA community. MIIA members who would like to present is welcome to send an email to jacques@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa Meetup at Rise Africa, Cape Town on 27 October 2016

MIIA Meetup @ Barclays Rise (with some snacks and drinks sponsored by Barclays Rise)

http://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/

We have showcased and sharing a number of Data Science & Machine Intelligence use cases by members of the MIIA community. MIIA members who would like to present is welcome to send an email to jacques@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

Video: https://youtu.be/6S2rFYn53dw 

Agenda

  1. Overview of the latest MIIA developments  -  Dr Jacques Ludik [3:20]
  2. Introduction to the Data Science Academy - Paul Saunders [21:00]
  3. Causality - Helge Reikeras [26:45]
  4. Turning Data into Action at Zoona using predictive and guided analytics & tools - Dr Thuso Simon [44:30]
  5. Optimizing Mobile Clinic Locations using Spatial Data - Alex Conway [1:00:48]
  6. Social Network Analysis using Apache Spark and Neo4J - Dr Charles Copley [1:18:50]
  7. Bennit.AI, Intelligent Production Assistant for Manufacturing - Dr Jacques Ludik 

The photos associated with this event are available here:

https://www.google.co.za/maps/place/66+Albert+Rd,+Woodstock,+Cape+Town,+7915/@-33.9268688,18.4449027,19z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x1dcc5d995de78a9f:0x5f1adf5bd13ed86f!8m2!3d-33.9269!4d18.44582?hl=en

Barclays Rise, 5th Floor, Woodstock Exchange

66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town  

9. Keynote address at LaunchLab's Business Mixer event - 26 October 2016

Keynote address at the Business Mixer event of Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on 26 October 2016 

Title: Artificial Intelligence, a key technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Video: https://youtu.be/pxgy4NPRm3g 

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYc3F5X0NrNVNKRTQ/view?usp=sharing 

The photos associated with this event are available here:

8. Barclays' Rise Event - AI, Machine Learning, Bots in Wealth Management - 12 October 2016

MIIA has participating in another Barclays Rise Event on the 12th of October 2016, where the audience includes senior executives in wealth management and investment that were keen to orientate themselves with respect to the relevant global trends and cutting edge fintech and innovation. The focus is again on artificial intelligence, robo-advisors for wealth management, investment and insurance, big data and machine learning in finance as well as Blockchain technology. Companies are introducing robo-advisors and virtual banking assistants to simplify communications and offer a more personalized experience for customers, that rely on natural language processing (NLP), data mining and human-like reasoning developed by deep learning algorithms.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYdTBxamh2TzJtTkE/view?usp=sharing 

7. Rise to the Challenge: Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning - 20 September 2016

MIIA has participated in another Rise Cape Town event called "Rise to the Challenge: Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning". See photos hereRise to the Challenge is an events series exploring the technology areas that are shaping the future of the financial industry (organized during the same week across all Rise sites globally). For this event, Rise is bringing together topic experts, startups, VCs, academia and Barclays senior leaders to host a thought-provoking discussion around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Rise to the Challenge aims to shake the current thinking and identify the opportunities and challenges that banks and startups face. Conversations will critically assess where to steer the future focus of investing in Fintech. Each event will identify a specific challenge area to help the innovators in the financial industry focus their curiosity and start experimenting with new ideas. Using Rise Crowd Rise to The Challenge Series will collate challenges the business face globally to identify new business opportunities, the most promising startups in respective areas and invite collaboration opportunities.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzNs-HspAzYdjdsTDh0cTVsRWc/view?usp=sharing 

 

6. Machine Intelligence / Smart Technology for Education - 15 September 2016

MIIA has also given a presentation to Stellenbosch University's Division for Institutional Research and Planning about AI / Machine Intelligence / Smart Technology and its applications in Education.

5. Western Cape strategic round table conversation on the 4th Industrial Revolution - 15 September 2016

MIIA was also represented at a strategic round table discussion with the Western Cape government and the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem with respect to the Digital Economies and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Apart from government representatives (Minister of Economic Opportunities; Economic Development & Tourism; Strategic Economic Accelerators and Development, Economic Sector Support; Digital Leadership; Economic Research and Development, Asset Management and Systems, Provincial Treasury, and Trade and Investment), other organizations such Barclays, ABSA, Accelerate Cape Town, CITI, Webhelp SA, and Red Tape Reduction Unit were also represented by their key leadership.

The strategic conversation was with a small group of Western Cape (WC) leaders to engage on the resilience and preparedness of the WC to take up the opportunities and threats arising from digital disruption. The World Economic Forum has elevated the notion of the 4th industrial revolution and raised awareness of the impact it has on government and business sectors. Disruptive technologies will have profound effects on all value-chains and displays opportunities and challenges across global economies. The purpose of discussion was to determine the fundamentals for the development of a strategic approach to this for our economy and in particular for digital industries in the Western Cape. The “global digital economy accounted for 22 percent of the world’s economy in 2015. And it’s rapidly growing, as we forecast those numbers to increase to 25 percent by 2020, up from 15 percent in 2005.” (Accenture, 2016) The participation helps to mould the direction and building blocks to an integrated approach in order for it to support needs of business and government in the Western Cape.

4. Barclays' Rise Africa Event - 31 August 2016

The focus of a series of Rise community events in Cape Town was artificial intelligence, robo-advisors for wealth management, investment and insurance, big data and machine learning in finance as well as Blockchain technology. In the most recent event the emphasis was on how these technologies are impacting the Insurance industry (which has clearly not yet been impacting us much as wealth management and investment). Companies are introducing robo-advisors and virtual banking assistants to simplify communications and offer a more personalized experience for customers, that rely on natural language processing (NLP), data mining and human-like reasoning developed by deep learning algorithms. Blockchain, the software that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, is another potentially transformative computational technology. Blockchains might be deployed as a secure cloud-based management system for all manner of robotic and otherwise automated operations, in cases as diverse as finance, manufacturing, hospitals, self-driving vehicles, and home environments. Experts are applying deep learning in blockchain to move and store data securely and privately, dropping the cost and complexity of financial transactions. See presentation for more details on intelligent virtual assistants and machine learning in Finance (with some focus on Insurance and Wealth Management).

 

 

3. Barclays' Rise Africa Event - 12 August 2016

MIIA has also partnered with Barclays' Rise Africa, a community of bright thinkers and doers, from rising startups to industry leaders, working together to create the future of financial services. Through its global network of connected sites in seven of the world’s top FinTech ecosystems, Rise delivers numerous programmes that facilitate rapid engagement between Barclays and the Rise community in order to solve some of the biggest challenges facing financial services. The focus of a recent Rise community event (August 2016) at their Woodstock Exchange facilities in Cape Town was Artificial Intelligence, robo-advisors for wealth management, investment and insurance, big data and machine learning in finance as well as Blockchain technology. The audience included senior executives in wealth management and investment that were keen to orientate themselves with respect to the relevant global trends and cutting edge fintech and innovation. Along with Jacques Ludik's presentation representing MIIA (as well as AI startups Cortex Logic and Bennit AI specializing in cognitive applications such as intelligent virtual assistants), there were also presentations from Pivotal AnalyticsClevva as well as a Blockchain specialist.  The outline of my presentation on Artificial Intelligence, Robo-advisors for Wealth Management and Investment, and Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning in Finance was as follows (see link for details):

  • Artificial Intelligence – key technology in 4th Industrial Revolution

  • Robo-advisors for Wealth Management and Investment

  • Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning for Finance

  • Introduction to Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Smart Technology Center of Excellence

  • Appendix
    • 4th industrial revolution
    • Machine Intelligence and its applications

 See also our blog for details as well as the corresponding post on LinkedIn.

2. Silicon Cape TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence - 27 July 2016 

MIIA community members participated in Silicon Cape's TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence as one of MIIA's Meetup events. The event was very well attende about 100 people from the MIIA and Silicon Cape communities. At this event MIIA was also represented on a panel discussion on how Artificial Intelligence is being used commercially, and how to use Machine or Artificial Intelligence to build new businesses. The panel discussion was preceded by a MIIA presentation given to briefly discuss the Smart Technology era and some of its implications for Africa, a smart technology empowered education-entrepreneurship ecosystem to help transform Africa, a proposed Smart Technology center of excellence, Artificial Intelligence as a key technology in the Smart Technology era and an introduction to MIIA to the Silicon Cape community. For more details, see the presentation as well as the video of the event published on YouTube. See also our blog for details as well as the corresponding post on LinkedIn.

YouTube video of Silicon Cape & MIIA TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence

Photos of the event:

Presentation Outline:

  • Shaping our Future in the Smart Technology Era

    • Artificial Intelligence - key technology in the 4th Industrial Revolution

    • Smart technology empowered education-entrepreneurship ecosystem to transform Africa

    • Smart Technology CoE (Center of Excellence)

    • MIIA & Smart Technology CoE

  • Introduction to Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
  • Appendix
    • 4th Industrial Revolution

    • Machine Intelligence Landscape

Initial invitation:

The MIIA community is invited to attend the Silicon Cape TechTalk on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday 27 July 2016 where MIIA will be represented on a panel discussion on how AI is being used commercially, and how to use AI or Machine Intelligence to build new businesses. The panel discussion will be preceded by a short presentation to introduce MIIA to the Silicon Cape community. For more details see http://www.siliconcape.com/events/silicon-cape-techtalk-on-artificial-intelligence.

Where: Workshop 17, Waterfront , Cape Town

When: Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start until 8:30

Get your tickets here: Tickets First 50 tickets free!! 

 

 

 

1. Meetup in Cape Town in June 2016

We had an awesome meetup with 45 people attending and lots of interaction and participation in the Q&A sessions and the informal discussions afterwards. We are all very excited about the potential of Machine Intelligence & Data Science and its applications to help address some of the key problems and opportunities that we have in Africa.  For more details and the follow-up actions, see the following blog: http://machineintelligenceafrica.org/blog/follow-up-on-an-awesome-miia-meetup-in-cape-town/ 

Original event details: http://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/231009856/

 

Other relevant events for the MIIA community on the African continent

We intend to use this section to highlight and promotes an MAchine Intelligence and Data Science related events and conferences on the African continent. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org of any events in this regard.

 

 

http://www.chiefdataofficerafrica.com/

6-9 June 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

http://www.caoforumafrica.com/

26-29 September 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

Relevant events for the MIIA community elsewhere in the World

We intend to use this section to highlight and promotes an Machine Intelligence and Data Science related events and conferences elsewhere in the World. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org of any events in this regard.

 

NIPS 2016

Monday December 05 -- Saturday December 10, 2016 Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, Barcelona SPAIN

The Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is a multi-track machine learning and computational neuroscience conference that includes invited talks, demonstrations, symposia and oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Following the conference, there are workshops which provide a less formal setting.

Invited Speakers

Yann LeCun (Facebook), Susan Holmes(Stanford), Kyle Cranmer (NYU), Saket Navlakha (Salk Institute), Drew Purves(Deep Mind), Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics)Irina Rish (IBM)