2018 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: 



85. IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, Cape Town, 7-28 January 2019



7 - 28 January 2019, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Website: http://imbizo.africa/
The #isiCNI2019 is a southern hemisphere summer school aiming to promote computational neuroscience in Africa. It will bring together international and local students under the tutelage of the world's leading experts in the field. Like its international sister courses, this three-week summer school aims to teach central ideas, methods, and practices of modern computational neuroscience through a combination of lectures and hands-on project work. Mornings will be devoted to lectures on topics across the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. The rest of the day will be spent working on research projects under the close supervision of expert tutors and faculty. Individual research projects will focus on the modelling of neurons, neural systems, behaviour, the analysis of state-of-the-art neural data, and the development of theories to explain experimental observations.

Who should apply?
This course is aimed at Masters and PhD level students through Honours or Postdoctoral students may also apply. Students should have sufficient quantitative skills, (e.g. a background in mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, engineering or related field). Some knowledge of neural biology will be useful but not essential. Experimental neuroscience students are encouraged to apply but should ensure that they have a reasonable level of quantitative proficiency (i.e. at least second-year level mathematics or statistics and have done at least one course in computer programming).

Essential details
* Fee (which covers tuition, lodging, and meals): 1100 EUR
Thanks to our generous sponsors, significant financial assistance is available to reduce and waiver fees for students, as well as to provide some travel bursaries. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the Imbizo, please state so clearly in the relevant section of your application.
* Application deadline: 24th July 2018
* Notification of results: End of September 2018

Information and application
What is an Imbizo?
\ɪmˈbiːzɒ\ | Xhosa - Zulu
A gathering of the people to share knowledge.

Adrienne Fairhall - Washington University
Peter Latham - University College London
Demba Ba - Harvard University
Sophie Deneve - Ecole Normale Superieure
Ila Fiete - University of Texas
Blake Richards - University of Toronto
Timothy Lillicrap - Google DeepMind
Joseph Raimondo - University of Cape Town
Srikanth Ramaswamy - EPFL Lausanne
Athanassia Papoutsi - IMBB-FORTH
Tim Vogels - University of Oxford
Byron Yu - Carnegie Mellon University
Misha Tsodyks - Weiszmann Institute of Science
Andrew Trevelyan - Newcastle University
Alex Antrobus (Gatsby Unit, UCL)
Christopher Currin (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Peter Latham (Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL, UK)
Joseph Raimondo (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Tim Vogels (University of Oxford, UK)

The isiCNI is made possible by the generous support from the Simons Foundation (https://www.simonsfoundation.org) and IBRO, the International Brain Research Organisation (http://ibro.info)
Organizational Affiliates
University of Cape Town, University College London, University of Oxford, TReND in AfricaCNCBGatsby Foundation, IBRO African Center for Advanced Training in Neurosciences at UCT


84. Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,  Pretoria, 10-12 December 2018

Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A South Africa – European Union Dialogue

The conference output reports of South Africa - European Union Dialogue event on Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have just been released by the Department of Science and Technology, the HSRC, and the European Union Delegation to South Africa. 
These reports also contains contributions by 
  • Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder, Group CEO and MD of Cortex Logic and Founder and President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa 
  • Dr Musa Mhlanga of UCT's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and Director at Mosaic, a Precision Medicine company in the Cortex Group
Dr Jacques Ludik’s Presentation: ICTs in the era of Digitalization: The Data Revolution and Machine Learning


Programme: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J7oj6et28KweAqwARQJdxd9g5adWQN4A/view?usp=sharing 

When:  10 – 12 December 2018
Where: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria

MIIA and Cortex Logic have been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited guest speakers. 

Dr Jacques Ludik's Presentation: ICTs in the era of Digitalization: The Data Revolution and Machine Learning


The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a global phenomenon, which requires an international response. The European Union (EU), as one of the world’s major economic blocs, and South Africa, as Africa’s most industrialised economy and a gateway to the continent, therefore require coordination and collaboration in the arena of the 4IR.

The South Africa - European Union (SA-EU) Dialogue Facility, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and the Human Sciences Research Council, invites you to participate in a multistakeholder Dialogue Conference on ‘Disruptive technologies and public policy in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

The Conference will aim to inform the ongoing development of SA-EU strategic partnerships, as well as policy options for responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Disruptive technologies are impacting on some of the key sectors that underpin SA-EU relations, such as automotive manufacturing, mining, ICTs, agriculture, health, public sector service delivery, and digital industrial policy, amongst others.

Key technology platforms for disruption include industrial automation, services automation, digitalisation, machine learning, the internet of things, additive manufacturing, and genetic modification, amongst others.

We invite stakeholders from affected sectors, and active in disruptive technology domains, to contribute to the Dialogue through reflection on one or more of our conference themes, including: digitalisation, Industry 4.0, science, technology and innovation, education and skills development, the future of work, inclusive economic growth, disruptive technologies in the public sector, and the development of policy framework conditions (including legal, standards, IT-infrastructure, and cyber security).

More about 4IR

Attendance and registration:

To attend the conference, please send your contact details and institutional affiliation to Ms Thelma Oppelt (toppelt@hsrc.ac.za).

For enquiries or any further information, please contact Dr Michael Gastrow (mgastrow@hsrc.ac.za).

Deadline for registration: 21 September 2018.




83. Pensions Investments & Governance Conference 2018,  Cape Town, 26-28 November 2018

PENSIONS INVESTMENTS & GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE 2018 26th – 28th November 2018 SunSquare City Bowl Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: www.pensionsinvestmentsandgovernance.co.za 

P.I.G Africa proudly presents the Pensions Investments and Governance Conference 2018. 

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited guest speakers. 

Pension Investments and Governance Conference 2018 will look at, among other topics, the alternative ways on how to diversify portfolios, how to invest in alternatives and good Governance in the pension industry. Despite the well documented advantages of alternative investments, Pension funds are still allocating less than the prescribed investment levels in the asset class. Private equity, venture capital and hedge funds offer good returns and portfolio diversification for institutional investors. What are some of the impediments, challenges and bottlenecks hindering the uptake of alternativesThe expert panel of speakers that are invited will address the challenges of the industry "head-on" and deliver a wealth of timely, practical and useful information.

At Pension Investments and Governance Conference 2018, we will bring together regional and local pensions and retirement industry decision makers, key stakeholders, Pension funds, regulators and financial services intermediary’s decision makers from particular areas of Pension Funds’ Investments and Governance. Director-level attendees will have the opportunity to negotiate in a focused environment, and more importantly, strike deals of mutual benefit!

Dr Jacques Ludik's presentation will highlight issues pertaining to Pension Funds’ Investments and Governance, sharing modern available models and exciting innovative technologies to provide sustainable growth opportunities and herewith work collaboratively towards a plan to solve the current challenges, trends and solutions.


82. Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 2018, Johannesburg, 28-29 November 2018 

Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 2018, Johannesburg, 28-29 November 2018 

Artificial Intelligence & Predictive Analytics  Conference which will be held on the 28  & 29 November 2018 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. 

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event coordinator: naison@kopanoevents.co.za

Event Organiser: Kopano Premier Events


81. IITPSA President's Awards, Sandton, 27 November 2018

IITPSA President's Awards, Sandton, 27 November 2018



80. Artificial Intelligence Conference, Sandton, 22 November 2018


Artificial Intelligence Conference, Sandton, 22 November 2018

Artificial Intelligence Business Conference will address how enterprises can develop a value-driven cognitive computing strategy, detailing how organizations can grow their skills and organization in parallel with the introduction of the technologies they are deploying. The standard of our conference exhibition is unparalleled – you are guaranteed of exclusive, inspirational presentations from applauded speakers representing the world’s leading enterprises. They will share a platform that will bring to light both AI business strategy and technical know-how in a comprehensive agenda that goes beyond the monotonous and into deep, actionable insights.

MIIA will be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Now our very own Artificial Intelligence Business Conference is one of South Africa’s largest conference & exhibitions to look at the practical implications of AI for enterprise organisations.

Website: http://aiconference.co.za/ 

Agenda: http://aiconference.co.za/day-1/ 

Brochure: http://aiconference.co.za/download-brochure/ 

Register: http://aiconference.co.za/register/ 



79. AfricaCom, CTICC, Cape Town, 13-15 November 2018

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event website: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom

Agenda: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/agenda/1# 

Speakers: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/speakers 

  • 12:00 - 12:20 20 mins - An introduction to the game changer – AI’s impact across industries
  • 12:20 - 12:40 20 mins - Going beyond business – how can AI help to digitise Africa’s communities?
  • 12:40 - 13:00 20 mins - Building a business fit for AI – what do you need to do to make AI a reality?
  • 13:00 - 14:00 60 mins - Lunch break and opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 14:00 - 14:40 40 mins - Invest in a team or outsource? How should you approach AI?
  • 14:40 - 15:00 20 mins - How AI can revolutionise your business model and create new revenue streams
  • 15:00 - 15:20 20 mins - Upskilling your workforce – can everyone be a top performing employee?
  • 15:20 - 15:50 30 mins - Afternoon break and opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 15:50 - 16:10 20 mins - The great future of work debate – should AI replace or support workers?
  • 16:10 - 16:30 20 mins - Building an autonomous workforce: AI in mining
  • 16:30 - 16:50 20 mins - MIIA: Building a foundation of innovation to fuel Africa’s AI community


78. Digital Transformation in Smart Technology Era, Fair Cape Dairies Supplier of the Year Awards, Durbanville, 14 November 2018

Digital Transformation in Smart Technology Era, Fair Cape Dairies - Supplier of the Year Awards, Durbanville, 14 November 2018

Fair Cape Dairies - Supplier of the Year Awards 2018

Guest Speaker: Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder & CEO, Cortex Logic, Founder & President of Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KsCjpwQ0A19v-9XZIo622dGkP1xv6pCn/view?usp=sharing 


77. AICPA & CIMA, Finance Transformation, Johannesburg, 13-14 November 2018

AICPA & CIMA, Finance Transformation, Johannesburg, 13-14 November 2018

Events page: https://aicpa-cima.knect365.com/finance-transformation-johannesburg/ 

Agenda: https://aicpa-cima.knect365.com/finance-transformation-johannesburg/agenda/1?download 



76. AWIEF 2018, Cape Town, 8-9 November 2018

AWIEF 2018, Cape Town, 8-9 November 2018 

Website: https://www.awieforum.org/

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Empowering female entrepreneurs has to be the lead in the journey towards sustainable economic development. AWIEF is Africa’s #1 female entrepreneurship conference & exhibition bringing together over 1,200 female entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry experts, academics, development organisations, and investors in a combined effort to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.

Under the theme “Unleashing ideas: innovation, sustainability and enterprise growth”, AWIEF 2018 features keynotes, highly interactive panel sessions, exhibitions, masterclasses, high-profile and quality networking, B2B matchmaking and a Pitch n Grow™ for our 2018 Growth Accelerator powered by Nedbank. The event will end on a high note with the 2018 AWIEF awards celebrating game changers in various sectors across the continent.

Draft Programmehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1trjZMREJL4TAXtggSCEmMuKhjyCvm_XV/view?usp=sharing 


Mamokgheti Phakeng, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Panel discussion Fostering Transformation and Growth: Education and Skills for Innovation

  • Moderator Uduak Oduok, Lawyer, Journalist & Author, Ebitu Law Group, USA
  • Mamokgheti Phakeng, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Paul Noumba Um, Country Director, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Charles Mgone, Vice Chancellor, Herbert Kariuki Memorial University, Tanzania
  • Amb. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Kenya*
  • Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder & CEO, CORTEX Logic/Founder & President, Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)



75. Business Briefing on AI & the 4th Industrial Revolution, Tygerberg Chamber of Business, Cape Town, 31 October 2018

Business Briefing with Dr Jacques Ludik on AI & the 4th Industrial Revolution, Tygerberg Chamber of Commerce

Event date: 31 October 2018

The Tygerberg Chamber of Commerce had a Business Briefing with Dr Jacques Ludik on 31 October 2018. Jacques is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor & ecosystem builder.
Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19oCr3i_Ey0DEE28qtB0LnGZK7A1AUx4I/view?usp=sharing 


74. AI - new opportunities for Legal and Compliance, Corporate Attorneys, Cape Town, 24 October 2018


Networking event for corporate attorneys - solo practitioners and small law firms. For this event, we welcome Dr Jacques Ludik, President Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) as our guest of honour. He will talk about 'AI - new opportunities for Legal and Compliance'. 

Please register here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=x_1Pd82ESUydmkSjoyfa5GgYxdtiM1hLlcXL_Yq3FWBUQkRYUE80VVI4S0o2OUo0SDY3WFNNTVhDNy4u

You specialise in employment law, tax law, M&A, construction law, IP, ADR, dispute resolution, IT and cyber law, and other areas of relevance to corporates? You are always on the lookout for complementary expertise to beat big law? If your answer to both questions is a clear yes, please join us for our first networking event in Cape Town.

Date: 24 October 2018
Time: 15:30 - 19:00
Venue: SchoemanLaw, 26th Floor, 1 Thibault Square, 1 Long Street, Cape Town, Cape Town
Cost: R100

More info: Registration: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=x_1Pd82ESUydmkSjoyfa5GgYxdtiM1hLlcXL_Yq3FWBUQkRYUE80VVI4S0o2OUo0SDY3WFNNTVhDNy4u

Contact: Ignaz Fuesgen
Company name: Avuka Training and Coaching
Telephone number: +27605001095
Email address ignaz.fuesgen@avukatraining.com


73. PyConZA, Johannesburg, 10-14 October 2018


PyConZA 2018 will take place at The Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg North, Johannesburg on the 11th & 12th of October, at the Atrium conference centre. This year, the tutorials will again be held on the day before the conference (the 10th of October). This will allow for longer and more in-depth tutorial sessions. There will also be various other Python-related activities around the conference.

PyConZA [https://za.pycon.org/] is the annual gathering of South African Python users. It is an opportunity for local Python users to engage with and learn from each other. PyConZA is organized by the Python community, for the community, and we invite talks on all aspects of Python use. 
The seventh PyConZA will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 11&12 October 2018.
For the first time this year, PyConZA will include a PyData track [https://za.pycon.org/news/pydata/]!
PyData [https://pydata.org/] is an educational program of NumFOCUS, which provides a platform for users across all the various domains of data analysis to share their experiences. Python is an increasingly important tool for data projects, from data processing to analytics. If you have interesting work to share on Python for data analysis, data science, machine learning, data processing, visualisation or data engineering, we invite you to submit a talk! 
Talks can be submitted via our website [https://za.pycon.org/talks/submit-talk/]. We have a mentorship programme for new speakers, so if you are considering speaking for the first time, and would like some input, let us know.
Tickets are available here [https://za.pycon.org/about/buy-tickets/]. We have a financial support programme [https://za.pycon.org/financial-aid/], reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
PyConZA is sponsored by OfferZen, Citiq Prepaid, the Python Software Foundation, Business Optics, Afrolabs and Thinkst. We welcome additional sponsors [https://za.pycon.org/sponsors/packages/].
For more information, see [https://za.pycon.org/].



72. Nigeria AI Summit 2018, Lagos, Nigeria, 10-14 October 2018


Nigeria AI Summit 2018, Lagos, Nigeria, 10-14 October 2018

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

2018 AI for Financial Inclusion Summit Bootcamp and Hackathon




Video Trailor: Artifical Intelligence & Big Data Demystified for Executives

Artificial Intelligence for Starters ebook by Data Science Nigeria

The website communication on www.datasciencenigeria.org/aisimplified reads as below:
(1)    DOWNLOAD the BOOK as FREE PDF via https://goo.gl/QJio3W
(2)    DOWNLOAD via Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook at a donation of $2.99
You may also download the ebook via Apple iBook, Amazon Kindle, iKobo, Barnes & Noble and Scribd by donating $2.99 to support the work of Data Science Nigeria
Apple iBook                      https://goo.gl/2ZZBiH
Amazon Kindle                 https://goo.gl/aozMsb
Barnes & Noble               https://goo.gl/9mEuiS
Kobo.com                         https://goo.gl/7WYLLT
Scribd                                https://goo.gl/23zEzD



Demystifying AI for Executives
AI & Financial Inclusion Summit
AI Bootcamp






71. Future of Artificial Intelligence in Africa, World Bank, Pretoria, 1-5 October 2018


In collaboration with several Silicon Valley companies interested in ‘Artificial Intelligence for Good,’ the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNDP, several academic institutions, the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), the Global Health Costing Consortium (GHCC), and others, the World Bank is organizing a series of training courses to build capacity in big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the use of decision science models in health (including HIV, TB and NCDs) and nutrition. The course is aimed at persons working at technical and program levels (typically with programs, M&E and data) from government, the international development community, academia interested in this field, and civil society.

One of the training courses will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 1-5 Oct 2018. Dr Jacques Ludik has been invited to be a speaker during this training course on 2 October 2018, specifically focusing on developments relating to and the future of machine intelligence in Africa, from the perspective of the work with the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa.





70. Using AI & data analytics to drive value for your business, CFO Talks, Johannesburg, 27 September 2018


Using AI & data analytics to drive value for your business, CFO Talks, Johannesburg, 27 September 2018
MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

DATE AND TIME: Thu, September 27, 2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM SAST

LOCATION: Sage Conference Centre, 102 Western Service Road, Woodmead, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2191

In an environment where data is abundant, connections between enterprises, customers, competitors and things are limitless and technology is everywhere, the opportunities to generate strategic insights and value from analytics are infinite. It's no surprise then that analytics has taken centre stage as the one of the most powerful catalysts for driving business performance in today's organisations.

Finance executives are quickly transforming into IT and operational leaders who need to capitalise on the wealth of information contained in their organisation's data to address business challenges and stay ahead of the competition. Finance decision makers are increasingly focusing on analytics and newer technologies such as AI and machine learning to gain greater insights into their business operations and performance. This CFO Talks session will focus on what CFOs and finance executives need to know when making the decision to invest in AI and analytics solutions. Our expert panel will discuss how to:

- Convert data into insights in minutes with tools you already know and love and some you don't 
- Assess and control risk with a single, integrated view of your organisation 
- Drive corporate strategy through greater business agility and efficiency
- Accelerate a culture of innovation and collaboration

Event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-ai-data-analytics-to-drive-value-for-your-business-tickets-49470904808 


08h00 Registration and refreshments

09h00 Welcome address
Prof. Raphael Mpofu, Acting Executive Dean, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership

09h05 Opening remarks from the Chair

09h10 Keynote address: Using AI & Data Analytics to Drive Value for your Business
Brett St Clair, 
CEO, Siatik

09h50 Panel discussion: What CFOs need to know in order to implement the right AI/data analytics strategy for their business

Moderator: Dr Jacques Ludik, President & Founder, The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa; CEO & Founder, Cortex Logic
Panellists: Alishna Maharaj, Business Analytics & Insights Manager, Aspen Pharma
Karl Dinkelmann, 
Director: Data Enablement, BI & Analytics, AccTech Systems
Annabel Dallamore, 
CEO, Strider
Brett StClair,
CEO, Siatik

Panel Discussion Video: https://youtu.be/5mDXeiAACcQ 

10h40 Brunch and networking

11h15 Close



69. Big Data Analytics Master Class for Executives, Africa Data Forum, Johannesburg, 26-27 September 2018

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event page: https://www.africadataforum.com/africa-data-forum-big-data-analytics-master-class-for-executives/ 


68. Business Briefing on AI & the 4th Industrial Revolution, British Chamber of Business in South Africa, Johannesburg, 20 September 2018

Sept-2018: Members’ Business Briefing with Dr Jacques Ludik on AI & the 4th Industrial Revolution


Event date: 20 September 2018

The British Chamber of Business in South Africa had a Members’ September Business Briefing with Dr Jacques Ludik on 20 Sept 2018. Jacques is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor & ecosystem builder.
The topic of his talk was: ‘Is Business in South Africa ready for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’?


Video - Part 1https://youtu.be/9nFjHCCVrQs (presentation starts at 16:50 into the video)

Video - Part 2https://youtu.be/2-R65zh7xQM 


LEX Afric and Virgin Atlantic kindly sponsored the evening at the Inanda Club.

Refreshments will be served.

*Please note that attendance is by invitation only

*Attendance for Members is free, Non-members R500 p/p


67. Data Analytics for Customer Intelligence, Johannesburg, 19-20 September 2018

Data Analytics for Customer Intelligence Conference 2018

Date: 19 & 20 September 2018

Location: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg

MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.


Presentationhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1RhsuKGRXa_qr3SGIjI6cBgCwIl_Vmcwh/view?usp=sharing - Operationalizing AI and Data Science


Organizers: Kopano Premier Events


66. Deep Learning Indaba, Stellenbosch University, 9-15 September 2018

Strengthening African ​Machine Learning 

Deep Learning Indaba Sponsorship  Stellenbosch, South Africa: 10-15 September 2018. 

The Deep Learning Indaba exists to celebrate and strengthen machine learning in Africa through state-of-the-art teaching, networking, policy debate, and through our support programmes, such as the IndabaX and the Kambule and Maathai awards. We work towards the vision of Africans becoming critical contributors, owners, and shapers of the coming advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. We need visionary partners to help realise this vision; we need your help! In 2018 we increase our commitment to African machine learning with an ambitious programme that will almost double our participation and significantly


Application (opening in March 2018): http://www.deeplearningindaba.com/apply.html 


 You can apply either as a student or as a general attendee.

  • Students should be 4th-year/honours, MSc, PhD, or postdoc level.
  • General attendees include academics, research scientists at startups or industry, and engineers in data science fields. ​

You should apply if you have:

  • An active interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, data science, or related computational sciences (e.g., statistical physics, computational neuroscience, computational social science, etc).
  • Basic programming experience in Python or Matlab (if you’ve completed an undergrad assignment that involved coding, you should be fine!).
  • Basic (undergraduate) knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, probability theory and statistics. See the description of background topics for pointers and further details.


Call for Nominations

Awarding African Excellence in Research and Innovation in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Deadline 30th April 2018
Deep Learning Indaba, Stellenbosch, September 2018

65. ITU Telecom World 2018, SMART ABC, Artificial Intelligence — Banking — Cities, Durban, South Africa, 10-13 September 2018

ITU Telecom World 2018, SMART ABC, Artificial Intelligence — Banking — Cities, Durban, South Africa, 10-13 September 2018
MIIA will also be represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.
Smart ITU
Smart solutions make innovative use of ICTs to improve quality of life, efficiency of services, productivity and competitiveness. Smart increasingly relies on the Internet of Things, interconnecting billions of devices, objects and people, in conjunction with machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse and action the enormous volumes of data that ensue. ITU is leading the way in establishing the international standards for devices to interconnect, communicate and deliver seamless, trusted, interoperable services on a global scale.
Smart ABC
ITU has created a unique platform bringing together artificial intelligence as a key enabler of smart and emerging applications
in digital financial services and urban living – smart banking and smart cities. The second edition of its Smart ABC Programme
will be held at ITU Telecom World 2018, the leading tech event for governments, corporates and SMEs taking place in Durban,
South Africa, 10-13 September 2018. Featuring the Smart ABC Pavilion, a full agenda of debates and networking activities, the
Smart ABC Programme will focus on the latest technological, business and policy developments at the intersection of three
critical fields of the smart age.
Website: https://telecomworld.itu.int/2018-event/smart-abc/ 
Brochure: https://telecomworld.itu.int/Documents/WT18/WT18-Brochure-SmartABC.pdf 

64. AIExpo Africa 2018, Cape Town, 9-11 September 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is happening NOW with emerging technology breakthroughs in a range of fields, including robotic automation, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, IoT, 3D printing and self driving vehicles.  Research on the impact of AI reveals that AI could double annual economic growth rates in 2035 by changing the nature of work and creating a new relationship between man and machine.

AI ExpoAfrica 2018 is focusing on real world applications & trends driving the AI Economy in Africa & wider global economy, exploring the AI Business Opportunity NOW and seeking to build an AI Business focused Community in Africa.   Enjoy a packed 2 day program, with 400 delegates, 27 Speakers, 5 Keynotes,  Exhibition & Innovation Cafe.  

The audience is comprised of CxO / Enterprise decision makers allied to AI Cloud platform providers, Tier 1 / 2 deployment & service providers, AI start ups / innovators, investors, educators, government and AI ecosystem community builders.  With 6 themes and 3 tracks, you will learn about real Enterprise AI case studies and the application of AI in Business TODAY, available technology and platforms, deployment challenges, ethics and skills plus innovation and research driving current business trends.

Twitter: @aiexpoafrica
Facebook: @aiexpoafrica 
LinkedIn: AI Expo Africa Group
Web: www.aiexpoafrica.com 

Registration: http://aiexpoafrica.com/registration/ 


Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder & President of MIIA & Cortex Logic CEO, will be serving as Track Moderator at the event and stated, “It’s great to see AI Expo Africa focusing on the real world applications of AI. Their novel approach to include large enterprise platform and service vendors, alongside AI start-up innovators coupled to a CxO audience containing decision makers and investors makes for a perfect mix. It’s a great opportunity to see how AI is now impacting many aspects of Commerce and Enterprise in Africa, and delegates will gain great value from attending.”

About AI Expo Africa

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)



AI Expo Africa is building the largest business focused AI community in Africa. In pursuit of this goal we are committed to hands on, practical skills development and inclusivity to provide learning and career development opportunities for all.  Via the kind support of our sponsors Intel, Siatik, Cortex Logic and Microsoft, we are offering 8 skills workshops with 400 FREE places to young engineers, learners, interns and Entrepreneurs to explore a new AI related topic via our ground breaking AI Talent Tank workshop series. 
Each delegate will gain access to ONE workshop PLUS 1x morning or afternoon pass to the Expo Hall & 1x complimentary lunch


  • The workshops are aimed at people who already have basic to mid-level technical ability in data science, machine learning, deep learning and associated platforms.  
  • Delegates can choose ONE workshop ONLY 
  • Each delegate will be issued with a ticket giving them access to the workshop
  • This ticket also includes a complimentary lunch plus morning or afternoon access to the Expo Hall
  • Delegates MUST check in at the venue registration (Century City Conference Centre) on the allocated day
  • Workshop registration desk opens 9am sharp and is located on the 1st Floor 
  • Delegates MUST collect their pass & lunch ticket from the registration desk
  • Delegates without a ticket or pass will be refused access to Workshop & Expo
Intel Africa Workshop - The Movidius Neural Compute Stick (3 hours)  

10th September Workshop 1  (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2  (50 places) 

Cortex Logic Workshop - Image Processing & Deep Learning - Tools & Techniques (3 hours) 

10th September Workshop 1 (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2 (50 places) 


Siatik Workshop - The theory behind neural nets (3 hours) 

10th September Workshop 1 (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2 (50 places) 

Microsoft Workshop - Building intelligent applications and solutions on Azure (3 hours) 

10th September Workshop 1 (50 places) 
11th September Workshop 2 (50 places)
Our event partner Uber has provided sponsored taxi rides - All new users can sign up here with the promotional code: AEA2018 in order to receive a free first ride up to R50.

AI Expo Africa on Cape Talk Radio

Cape Talk Radio (6 September 2018) - AI Africa - The Future lies in Artificial Intelligence



AI Africa Expo 2018 
Cortex Logic 
Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa

Thanks to Nick Bradshaw and Roy Bannister for an excellent event! #aiexpoafrica AI Expo Africa

Cortex Logic Workshop
Source codehttps://github.com/cortexlogic/aiExpo



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63. Leaderex 2018, Digital Skills Summit, Sandton Convention Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 September 2018 


MIIA was represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

Event: Leaderex, www.leaderex.com


Date: 4 September 2018


AI and Machine Learning in South Africa 


Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Pavilion, Room 19 

Times: 13h00 to 13h45

Topic: AI and Machine Learning in South Africa 

Content: Industry trends, innovations, certification options, career prospects etc.


The future of AI 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Pavilion, Room 3 

Times: 15h30 to 16h00

Track: AI & Automation

TopicThe future of AI

Speaker: Dr Jacques Ludik

Format: Keynote

Content: What’s coming in AI/Machine Learning, ethics, moonshoots, Superintelligence etc.



62. United Nations Conference on Autonomous Weapons, Future of Life Institute, Pretoria, 16-17 August 2018

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as a guest speaker.




61. Artificial Intelligence Transforming Human Resources Summit 2018, 15 - 17 August 2018 at the Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in Craig Hall Johannesburg

Artificial Intelligence Transforming Human Resources Summit 2018 scheduled to take place on 15 - 17 August 2018 at the Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in Craig Hall Johannesburg.

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as a keynote speaker.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AZamsSeRyy2VF17xDAdoLEdj0LUjPYYG/view?usp=sharing 

Website: http://www.impalabusinessconcepts.co.za/events.html 

Programme: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OdsNcZShTHk0KDJ0cGyCq1rMT0e6-4nC/view?usp=sharing 


60. Bank Customer Experience Summit Africa 2018, Southern Sun Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 7-8 August 2018 

Event: Bank Customer Experience Summit Africa 2018, Southern Sun Montecasino, fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 7-8 August 2018

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

For more details on the two day summit, see the program brochure.


59. ITWeb Meeting of Minds - Artificial Intelligence 2018, The Forum, Bryanston, South Africa, 1-2 August 2018 

MIIA has partnered with ITWeb for their ITWeb Meeting of Minds - Artificial Intelligence 2018 event at Bryanston from 1-2 August 2018.

For more details about this event see: http://v2.itweb.co.za/event/itweb/artificial-intelligence-2018/ 


Key attractions of this event:

  • An international keynote address from the Netherlands: Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor of ethics and technology at TU Delft (Netherlands) and president of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.
  • Nedbank will bring Pepper (SA's first humanoid robot) to the event for its presentation.
  • The programme includes two controversial panel discussions, so it isn't just a traditional show of heads. The topics are:
    • AI: Good, Bad, Fad? A session to talk about the implications of AI with respect to employment, social and workplace impact, and where it really stands today in terms of capability. Do we face the rise of the killer robots, or are the bots going to be our best friends?
    • On the road to AI – how do you get there? This panel discussion will provide insight into what considerations need to be made before embarking on a journey to AI.
  • The event is endorsed by The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa, and Dr Jacques Ludik, president and founder of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa and CEO and founder of Cortex Logic, will present information on solving strategic and operationally relevant problems through operationalising AI, data science, IOT and big data and analytics.
    • Get good perspective on operationalizing Big Data & Analytics, IoT and AI and its benefits
    • Discover how end-to-end AI solutions can unlock value from all available structured and unstructured data to:
      • increase operational efficiency, effectiveness and revenue
      • create strategic value via faster, better and more proactive decisions, enhanced scalability, new business models, and revenue growth opportunities
      • enhance customer experience via real-time, on demand, digital, personalized service delivery, assistance and advice which is enabled via 360 degree insights about the customer
      • an enable more targeted sales and marketing
    • Get information on some of these solutions include strategic business transformation & optimization, human capital valuation & employee profiling, intelligent virtual assistants, robo-advisors, process optimization, predictive maintenance, fraud detection, churn prediction, advanced risk scoring, machine learning-based trading, real-time customer insights, smart recommendations and purchase prediction, personalized search, cyber security, medical risk prediction, and precision medicine.
    • Working collaboratively with innovate AI partners that can help business thrive in the Smart Technology Era and be agile, innovative and adapt quickly to stay relevant given the swift pace of change and disruption to business and society.
  • Tim Collins, head of Consulting, Product Development and Analytics at TransUnion, will present a case study on TransUnion's CreditVision.
  • Celia Pienaar of Webber Wentzel will present on the use of AI in regulation will how AI is transforming the regulatory environment
  • The event features a speed networking session – which has become very popular among our delegates at previous events.
  • We have also secured Vera Nagtegaal, Executive Head, Hippo.co.za speak on embracing digitalisation/AI to be able to compete with the biggest technology disrupters
  • Nigel Solomons, Head of ICT, Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd will present a case study: Transport Industry on the AI trends in the Public Transport Industry

Please register here. MIIA members get a 20% discount.



58. The Blockchain, AI, and the Future of Impact Finance, Cape Town, South Africa, 1 August 2018 


This event will focus on how technology will change the way we measure, fund and scale impact globally. By scanning the current landscape of impact tech and exploring where we are headed, we will paint a picture of the future of social enterprise, impact investing and innovative financing—pushed to new heights by the emergence of enabling, exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence and the blockchain.

The session will begin with an overview of the exponential technology for impact finance space and will then move onto six TED style talks by founders of exponential technology firms for impact. Finally, we will have a short Q&A session with the founders.

This event is proudly co-hosted by Intelligent Impact, The Field Institute, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment and The Blockchain Academy and supported by the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA).

Date and Time: Wed, August 1, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM SAST

Location: Rise Cape Town, 5th Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66 - 68 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape

Speakers: Aunnie Patton Power, Shaun Conway, Fleur Heyns, David Wood, Sonya Kuhnel, and Danai Musandu



57. AI for Business and Sustainable Development Goals event at Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Stellenbosch, 4 July 2018

AI for Business & Sustainable Development Goals

SponsorsNedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLabMachine Intelligence Institute of AfricaCortex Logic

Venue: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch

We had another exciting MIIA event at Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Stellenbosch on 4 July 2018.

The theme for the event was AI for Sustainable Development Goals with Dr Jacques Ludik, sharing some of the key takeaways from his participation as invited AI expert to the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva on 15-17 May 2018. The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The action-oriented 2018 summit identified practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. 

This presentation was then be followed by a panel discussion with some experts from University, Industry, and the MIIA community participating. 



Panel DiscussionAI for Business and Sustainable Development Goals

  • Dr Jacques Ludik (moderator), Dr Nick Bradshaw (AI Expo), Chris Curren (UCT), Peter Wilson, Aunnie Patton Power (UCT), Helge Reikeras






56. Road to Artificial Intelligence, SAS Event, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 28 June 2018

Website: https://www.sas.com/en_za/events/18/road2ai-johannesburg.html  

Agenda: https://www.sas.com/en_za/events/18/road2ai-johannesburg.html#agenda 

Location: Hyatt Regency, 191 Oxford Rd, Rosebank,  Johannesburg

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

12:30 - 13:00 Panel Discussion: Making AI Real: Challenge or Opportunity in unlocking business value

Moderator: David Cosgrave - Pre-Sales Support Director: Information Management & Analytics, SAS Africa


SAS Road to AI – 28 June 2018

Agenda 08:30 - 09:00

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:20

The Road to Artificial Intelligence | Embrace the Analytics Economy Desan Naidoo - Vice President, SAS Africa

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote: The Renaissance of our Species Neil Harbisson - Cyborg Artist and co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation

09:50 - 10:20

Artificial Intelligence: How it's changing the world of business Larry Orimoloye - Senior Business Solutions Manager - Advanced Analytics & AI, SAS

10:20 - 10:45

The Art of the Practical: Making AI real: What could AI do for my organization? A review of current real-world examples of AI & Robotics in Banking Prenton Chetty - Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics, Nedbank

10h45 – 10h55

Panel Discussion: AI Strategy & Business Value

David Cosgrave: Moderator

Panellists: Dr Jacques Ludik, Rajesh Duvooru, Prenton Chetty

10:55 - 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 - 11:40

Intelligent robotics What can the latest deep reinforcement learning contribute to advances in Robotics? And what does this mean for your business? Dr. Benjamin Rosman - Deep Learning & Robotics Researcher and Lecturer, Wits University / CSIR


11h40 – 11h50

Panel Discussion: Robotics & AI

Moderator: David Cosgrave

Panellists: Dr Benjamin Rosman, Dr Jacques Ludik, Prenton Chetty

11:50 - 12:20

Solving business problems using data visualization and machine learning Aneshan Ramaloo - Advanced Analytics Practice Lead, SAS Africa

12:20 - 12:40

Demo: Paradise Found with Machine Learning: Find Your Best City to Live. Focus on fundamentals of effective data management strategy in analytics Craig Stephens - Principal Solutions Manager, SAS Africa

12h40 – 12h50

Panel Discussion: Practical applications, skills, data management

Moderator: David Cosgrave

Panellists: Rajesh Duvooru, Dr Jacques Ludik, Prenton Chetty

12h50 – 13h00

General Questions and Closure


13:00 - 14:30

Networking & Lunch/ Demo area



55. Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, 20 & 21 June 2018

Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, 20 & 21 June 2018.

MIIA has been represented at this conference via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.



RPA and AI will transform your company and inject a new and refresh dimension by taking over the most mundane and repetitive parts of various processes and improve efficiency and accuracy in all initiatives. The benefits of implementing such technologies are innumerable and include business spin-offs such as cost reduction, speed of delivery, flexibility, improved customer service, better ROI, consistency, faster processing and accelerated business performance across all company sections. The key to business success is to understand and appreciate the complementary value that humans and AI bring to the table and develop strategies that allow them to tap and capitalise on both. This 2-days conference has brought expert and seasoned professional speakers from across the industry spectrum to provide insights, best practices and get delegates ready to smoothly and efficiently sail on a new robotics and AI trajectory.

Some of the featured speakers:

  • James Matcher, Director: Advisory Services, Ernest & Young South Africa
  • Michael Kabai, Senior Legal Manager: Capital Markets, Financial Sector Conduct Authority
  • Dr. Jacques Ludik, Chief Executive Officer, Cortex Logic, President, MIIA
  • Andre Sankar, Head of Process Integration: Robotics Process Automation, Nedbank
  • Rieta de Villiers, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting
  • Alistair Hofert, Cognitive and Intelligent Automation Lead, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Brian Lewkowicz, Associate Director: Robotic Process Automation, Ernst & Young South Africa
  • Steve Burke, Managing Director, DigiBlu
  • Paul St. Quintin, Chief Operations Officer, DigiBlu
  • Kresen Pillay, Co-Founder, BotsZA
  • Harmony Mothibe, Co-Founder, BotsZA
  • Mpumi Dikotla, Robotic Process Automation Lead, DigiBlu
  • Jean Louw, Robotic Process Automation Engineer, LarcAI Robotics
  • Morne Fischer, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting
  • Megan Menasce, Process Competence Lead, IQ Business
  • Peter Franz, Managing Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer, BPM-D


Who should attend:

This conference is relevant to GMs, Heads, Directors, Senior Managers, VPs and Executives from across industries dealing with:

  • Robotics
  • RPA
  • IT or ICT
  • Shared Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Process Enablement
  • Innovation
  • Finance
  • Data Management
  • Customer Service
  • Enterprise/Business Architecture
  • Business Solutions
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Call Centres


Day 1: Wednesday 20 June 2018

08:30 Registration & Refreshments

08:50 Opening Remarks by Chairperson

09:00 A global perspective on Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

  • A global overview of RPA market
  • Who are the drivers and executors of RPA
  • The challenges of end to end process automation
  • Extracting the value potential of RPA


Morne Fischer, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting

09:45 Creating suitable conditions to successfully implement RPA and Artificial Intelligence

  • Implementing rule-based activities
  • Availability of data structured inputs
  • Combining RPA and AI to improve process efficiency


Mpumi Dikotla, Robotic Process Automation Lead, DigiBlu

10:30 Exploring the benefits of process automation and artificial intelligence in financial Sector

  • Reduction of systemic
  • Efficiency
  • Increased accuracy and consistency
  • Improved automation through AI
  • AI’s ability to deal with complex processes


Michael Kabai, Senior Legal Manager: Capital Markets, Financial Sector Conduct Authority

11:15 Refreshments/Networking

11:30 Solving strategic and operationally relevant problems through operationalizing AI, Data Science, IoT and Big Data & Analytics

Dr. Jacques Ludik, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Cortex Logic, President, MIIA



12:15 Reasons why companies are reluctant to implement RPA and AI programmes

  • Not knowing where to start
  • Fear of depending on machines rather than humans
  • Fear of the unknown – the power of new machines


Paul St. Quintin, Chief Operation Officer, DigiBlu

13:00 Lunch/Networking

14:00 Issues to consider when embarking on an automation journey

  • Considering the automation maturity of your company
  • Knowledge of the types of technologies and processes to be automated
  • Aligning your automation strategy with the overall business strategy
  • Understanding what automation opportunities there might be


James Matcher, Director: Advisory Services, Ernst & Young South Africa

14:45 Legal & Ethical Issues related AI & Autonomous Systems

  • Data Privacy
  • Integrity
  • Security related to AI.


Harmony Mothibe, Co-Founder, BotsZA

15:30 Implementing a Successful Automation (RPA) Practice

  • The power of Automation
  • Common pitfalls and the best ways to avoid them
  • Use value targeting to align RPA initiatives with business strategy


Joint Presentation: Megan Menasce, Process Competence Lead, IQ Business Peter Franz, Managing Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer, BPM-D

16:15 End of Day 1


Day 2: Thursday 21 June 2018

09:00 Exploring and developing new opportunities for RPA in your organisation

  • Moving from Business Process Solutions (BPS) to RPA
  • Enhancing your competitive advantage by automating your internal processes
  • Maximising your staff’s potential by using PRA solutions


Steve Burke, Managing Director, DigiBlu

09:45 Making the right RPA decisions to maximise your company’s ROI

  • Selecting the right partners for each process
  • Identifying challenges when developing pilot programmes
  • Managing change in early adoption processes


Andre Sankar, Head of Process Integration: Robotic Process Automation, Nedbank

10:30 Investing in cognitive and intelligent automation

Alistair Hofert, Cognitive and Intelligent Automation Lead, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

11:15 Refreshments/Networking

11:30 Incorporating Artificial Intelligence through the use of machine learning and natural language processing

  • Introduction to Chatsbots meet RPA
  • What are Chatsbots?
  • Where do bots exist?
  • Business Process Automation – Chatsbots & RPA
  • What are the benefits
  • Using cases


Kresen Pillay, Co-Founder, BotsZA

12:15 Realising the revenue benefits of RPA technologies

  • Understanding where your greatest benefits lay and your RPA priorities
  • Do the RPA basics well and achieve optimal financial results


54. Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018 - Accelerating the Digital Transformation of Banking & Financial Services, Raddisson Blue Gautrain, Johannesburg, 6 June 2018


MIIA was also represented at the Finnovation Africa 2018 event via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.  



Photos - Facebook


South Africa: A Landscape of Dynamic FinTech Transformation

South Africa’s FinTech adoption rate is expected to experience a major leap over the next few years. EY’s annual FinTech Adoption Index Report 2017 forecasted 71% growth, with the country ranking third in future growth behind only China and India. There is a greater number of technology hubs in South Africa than any other country on the continent with a larger amount of national and international investment in the sector. South Africa’s Reserve Bank has created a team which is dedicated to monitor the latest FinTech developments on payments, lending, deposit taking, investments and insurance, which will report directly to the Deputy Governor Francoise Groepe. South Africa is clearly in the midst of one of the most exciting phases of innovation and disruption in the financial sector.

Innovation in Financial Services: A Dynamic Event Tailor-Made for a Cutting-Edge Industry

Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018 is a very different kind of event, a complete reboot, for a very different kind of industry. Deconstructed and shorn of all the usual, tired formats of the traditional convention and built from the ground up as a genuinely new event that is a ground-breaking in its focus as it is in its format and aspiring to be as innovative and transformative as the dynamic FinTech market it serves.

Combining a highly innovative and interactive event format with world-class speakers and more than 300 carefully selected participants, Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018, to be held at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Johannesburg on the 6th of June 2018, will tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech and the positive transformation of banking in Africa, providing a platform for all stakeholders to engage in creating the future of financial services on the continent – from established banking powerhouses to FinTech start-ups.


53. Sanlam AI Tech Talk, Bellville, South Africa, 29 May 2018 


Sanlam AI Tech Talk, Bellville, South Africa, 29 May 2018

MIIA was represented at this event via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers. The panel consisted of:

  • Dr Jacques Ludik - MIIA, Cortex Logic 
  • Dr Nick Bradshaw - AIExpo Africa, IntelliChat
  • Ryan Falkenburg - CLEVVA
  • Andrew Quixley - IBM Watson

Here were the questions that were discussed by the panel:

  • Define AI
  • Benefits of AI in life insurance
  • Use cases for AI in life insurance
  • Typical business case – investment required and quantified benefits – for AI implementations
  • Considerations for an AI implementation
  • Is AI really a threat to current jobs?
  • How are jobs changing with AI?
  • How can staff upskill themselves to be ready for AI?
  • How does an organisation like Sanlam get started with AI
  • Ethical questions
  • Closing remarks


52. Eskom Digital Day, Eskom Park, Witbank, South Africa, 24 May 2018 

Eskom Digital Day, Eskom Park, Witbank, South Africa, 24 May 2018

MIIA was represented at Eskom's Digital Day via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the invited speakers.

10:30-11:00: Keynote: AI and Machine learning

11:55-12:40 - Panel discussion



51. AI: Current Policy Reflections & Future Strategies, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018

Following the exciting AI for Good Global Summit, MIIA was represented by Dr Jacques Ludik was involved in another very stimulating and thought provoking conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland with delegates, diplomats, representatives from across the globe in the audience. The event, AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies, was held at the Palais de Nations, United Nations on 18 May 2018. As first time visitor to the United Nations it was not only a privilege to be there, but also to partake in the discussion on "Adopting AI in Industries: Potential and Challenges” as invited AI expert and African representative. As mentioned here as well as this post, this was also an opportunity to represent the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Cortex Logic (as one of the sponsors).

Applications of Artificial Intelligence and the use of Autonomous Technologies (AT) are growing. The social, political and economic impact of these technologies is significant. Discussions on ethical aspects, possible standards and norms have already started in several jurisdictions including Canada, China, Germany, EU, India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, the UK and the U.S. From a multilateral perspective there would be value in an exchange of nascent national experiences on AI/AT policy and standards. Such an exchange, particularly in a Track 1.5 setting, could generate insights for discussions on rules and standards related to AI/AT in inter-governmental forums. Such an exchange of information could also be an important component of future confidence building measures in platforms such as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). 



Conference on AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies (Geneva, May 18)

Permanent Mission of India to Conference on Disarmament and Observer Research Foundation



  • Amandeep Singh Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
  • Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation 


Message from Michael Møller

  • Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)


Keynote Address

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)


Transforming Governance through Emerging Technologies – lessons from Asia and Africa

From the emergence of digital identity programs in South Asia to the use of mobile money in Africa, policymakers across jurisdictions are exploring how technology can be adopted in various sectors while addressing the challenge of inclusion, building capacity, providing economic incentives and creating jobs. Asgovernments in emerging countries try to ease AI and autonomous technologies (AT) into their societies, the march of technology appears to be headed on a collision course with centuries-old structures of industry and economics.

The panel consisting of experts from Asia and Africa will take stock of developments in AI policy and e-governance initiatives undertaken by their respective governments; and specifically identify policy priorities and capacity gaps for emerging economies.


  • a) What are the main domains of application of AI/AT and how are governments promoting, researching and developing these applications? Specifically, how are emerging economies adopting these technologies to tackle challenges of financial inclusion?
  • b) How can national experiences inform the international consideration of future use of AI and AT based applications?
  • c) What are the gaps in current AI/AT related policy research – nationally and internationally – that need to be addressed over the next 3-5 years?


  • Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (Chair)
  • Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence at Government of the United Arab Emirates
  • GS Madhusudan, Senior Project Advisor, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • David Shim, Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering,Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Pascale Fung, Professor Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Building Normative Frameworks for AI and Governance: Lessons from the US and EU

The West has traditionally been considered the progenitor of new technologies and the rules that govern them – they continue to do so with the emergence of artificial intelligence.Policymakers from Transatlantic states have taken the lead in incubating talent in the sector, incentivizing startups through their regulatory frameworks and finally, in discussing norms to regulate the use of such technologies. This panel will discuss the commonalities in their strategic vision that gives these states an edge in building and scaling these technologies. Is there a normative framework that can drive this growth in other parts of the world?


  • a) How can governments promote the adoption of AI across sectors domestically? What initiatives can governments take to train the next generation of the workforce?
  • b) How can technologically advanced states in Europe and America develop a global, strategic vision on adoption of AI and create platforms for engagement on norms?


  • Anja Kaspersen, Director, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs(Chair)
  • Raja Chatila, Professor and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris
  • Jane Zavalishina, President and Co-Founder of Mechanica AI
  • Yao Zhang , Founder & CEO, RoboTerra, Inc.


Adopting AI in Industries: Potential and Challenges

With AI estimated to add to add USD 15.7 trillion to the global GDP by 2030, the opportunities for both incumbents and startups is huge. At the same time, companies will need to focus on skilling the workforce and identifying points in the supply chain for integration of AI. This, however, will require greater consideration on the design, purpose and deployment of AI. This panel will discuss how early adopters of AI are using the technology in different forms in their businesses. How is this AI transforming products, processes and outcomes for companies in industries such as FinTech and healthcare?


  • a) How can businesses use AI to reduce costs, increase efficiency and solve problems even before they arise, across various sectors?
  • b) Can a normative framework such as a hippocratic oath for AI designers serve better in the long run rather than regulation in the form of binding instruments?


  • Thomas Philbeck, Head of Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum (Chair)
  • Jacques Ludik , Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic, Founder & President of Machine Intelligence Insitute of Africa (MIIA)
  • Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE-Standards Association
  • David Li, Co-founder, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab
  • Lydia Kostopoulos, Technology and cybersecurity security consultant


Sustaining International Learnings on AI through Exchange of National Experiences

As governments the world over look to digitise their operations and harness the potential of machine learning, how can national experiences from varied contexts be exchanged to move the discourse forward? The social and economic impact of AI cannot be mitigated by merely overseeing the design of technology. The technology has to be introduced in different societies by training the workforce to protect users and data. How can states in different stages of AI development build capacity, train workforce, ensure safety and create public awareness around the new technology? What regulatory frameworks can states adopt to promote the development and use of AI in their respective economies?

This panel will discuss how the policy community can focus their efforts both domestically and internationally to build a normative consensus to adopt AI in their regimes. The panel will also explore the role of the industry and identify short term and long term goals for the broader community.


  • a) How can states exchange knowledge and learn from cross-jurisdictional experiences on the domestic development and use of AI?
  • b) Do plans for AI in governance differ significantly across the globe or are there common elements?


  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Department of Strategic Planning and Membership, ITU
  • Amandeep Singh Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
  • Samir Saran, President ,Observer Research Foundation 


Dinner with Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill (Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament), Samir Saran (President, Observer Research Foundation) and other panelists 


United Nations Tour - The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, used by the United Nations Human Rights Council


United Nations Tour - General Assembly and the Conference on Disarmament in the Council Chamber


United Nations Tour - Palais de Nations

The Palace of Nations (French: Palais des Nations) is the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva, located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was built between 1929 and 1938 to serve as the headquarters of the League of Nations. It has served as the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva since 1946 when the Secretary-General of the United Nations signed a Headquarters Agreement with the Swiss authorities, although Switzerland did not become a member of the United Nations until 2002. In 2012 alone, the Palace of Nations hosted more than 10,000 intergovernmental meetings [Wikipedia].



50. AI for Good Global Summit, Geneva, Switzerland, 15-17 May 2018 

The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Africa was represented via Dr Jacques Ludik's participation as invited AI expert at the 2nd edition of the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-17 May 2018. This Summit is organized by ITU in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sister United Nations agencies including UNESCOUNICEF,UNCTADUNIDOGlobal PulseUNICRIUNODAUNIDIRUNODCWFPIFADUNAIDSWIPOILOUNITARUNOPSOHCHRUN UniversityWHOUNEPICAOUNDPThe World BankUN DESACTBTOUNISDR, and UNOG. ​ 

The AI for Good series is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. The action-oriented 2018 summit will identify practical applications of AI and supporting strategies to improve the quality and sustainability of life on our planet. The summit will continue to formulate strategies to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. 

While the 2017 summit sparked the first ever inclusive global dialogue on beneficial AI, the action-oriented 2018 summit will focus on impactful AI solutions able to yield long-term benefits and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 'Breakthrough teams' will demonstrate the potential of AI to map poverty and aid with natural disasters using satellite imagery, how AI could assist the delivery of citizen-centric services in smart cities, and new opportunities for AI to help achieve Universal Health Coverage, and finally to help achieve transparency and explainability in AI algorithms.

Teams will propose impactful AI strategies able to be enacted in the near term, guided by an expert audience of mentors representing government, industry, academia and civil society. Strategies will be evaluated by the mentors according to their feasibility and scalability, potential to address truly global challenges, degree of supporting advocacy, and applicability to market failures beyond the scope of government and industry. The exercise will connect AI innovators with public and private-sector decision-makers, building collaboration to take promising strategies forward. 

"As the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, ITU is well placed to guide AI innovation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development ​Goals. We are providing a neutral platform for international dialogue aimed at ​building a ​common understanding of the capabilities of emerging AI technologies.​​" Houlin Zhao, Secretary General ​of ITU​


Invited Experts: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/AI/2018/Pages/Invitedexperts.aspx 

Contact: ai@itu.int

​Building on the spark created by the first AI Summit in 2017, the second AI Summit in 2018 will identify practical solutions of how AI can accelerate progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are 17 SDGs, 169 targets, and around 230+ indicators to measure the SDGs. All indicators in one file are listed hereThe goal of the Summit is to launch projects that can be implemented in the coming months. The Summit is not about reporting, it is about building. 

The heart of the Summit are the following tracks on Day 2 (16 May 2018):

Each track is curated by a team. The team will also identify, in the time leading up to the Summit, projects that could be launched at the Summit. The teams will present an overview of their respective track on Day 1, during the last plenary. During Day 2, the four tracks will run in parallel. On Day 3 in plenary, findings of each track will be summarized and presented. 

As the MIIA team is passionate about shaping a better future in the Smart Technology and specifically to help transform Africa through Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain technologies, it was a privilege to participate as invited AI expert at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-17 May 2018 as well as the AI: Current Policy Reflections and Future Strategies on 18 May 2018 at the United Nations. As mentioned here as well as this post, this was also an opportunity to represent the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), Cortex Logic (as one of the sponsors) and the African perspective on the use of these technologies with respect to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

The AI for Good Global Summit is organized by ITU in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sister United Nations agencies including UNESCOUNICEF,UNCTADUNIDOGlobal PulseUNICRIUNODAUNIDIRUNODCWFPIFADUNAIDSWIPOILOUNITARUNOPSOHCHRUN UniversityWHOUNEPICAOUNDPThe World BankUN DESACTBTOUNISDR, and UNOG.


The home page for the AI for Good Global Summit 2018 provides links to:



AI Empowering Smart Citizens





Monitoring agriculture and biodiversity using satellite imagery

Three project proposals use AI-powered satellite imagery analysis to predict and prevent deforestation, track livestock with great accuracy, and provide data analytics for micro-insurance to small-hold farmers. A fourth project proposal provides enabling infrastructure and common capabilities – through a 'global service platform' – to support new satellite data projects in achieving immediate scale.

AI-improved healthcare

Fifteen project proposals aim to improve and expand healthcare in fields spanning primary care and service delivery, the detection of impending vision loss and osteoarthritis, the integration and analysis of medical data, the consideration afforded to AI by healthcare policy, and responses to outbreaks of disease and other medical emergencies.

Participants also discussed the creation of a new study platform that would be open to all interested stakeholders, and supported by ITU and the World Health Organization. This would collect use cases of AI in healthcare and identify the data formats and interoperability mechanisms required to amplify the impact of such use cases.

Smart urban development

Seven project proposals aim to support linguistic diversity within cities, combat gender violence, and provide virtual testbeds for the simulation of smart city projects. These projects included the targeted establishment of an 'Internet of Cities', a global network able to share the data, knowledge and expertise required to replicate successful smart city projects elsewhere in the world.

Trust in AI

Nine project proposals address three key dimensions of trust in AI: AI stakeholders' trust in AI developers; trust across national, cultural and organizational boundaries; and trust in AI systems themselves.

Other projects proposals seek to build trust in AI's contribution to agriculture and mental health. They investigate strategies for developing countries to maintain social stability as AI-driven automation influences labour markets. They also explore how the concept of trust varies across cultures, and they study how policymakers could encourage the development of trustworthy AI systems and datasets free of bias.

These projects would be supported by a proposed incubator for multidisciplinary collaboration in the interest of building trust in AI, trustfactory.ai.




​​Day 1, 15 May 2018 ​

  • Sophia - First Robot Citizen
  • ​Tilde - Neural Machine Translation
  • ETRI - Smart English Learning System
  • ​Comobilis – helping citizens get organised to share a common vehicle ​
  • ​iCub - EU open source Robot​​

​​Day 2, 16 May 2018 ​

  • Zero Abuse Project - AI solution to track child abuse
  • AiFRED
  • MedMind
  • Ubenwa
  • Amiko
  • Deloitte - Alice (Intelligent Care Robot) + preventing financial crime project​ ​

​​Day 3, 17 May 2018 ​

  • Sage Foundation – AI powered domestic violence assistance bot​
  • ​MIT – Probabilistic programming for Data Science​
  • Atom360
  • Global AI ​​
  • ​Kiwi – Autonomous delivery robot​​​

Sophia and Hanson Robotics



AI-Powered Moonshots - Meet the Astronauts



Visit to the United Nations and Palais de Nations 


Health, Water, Smart Education & Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

  • AI Community & Data Platform for Africa
    • Collaboration betweem the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) and Zindi
  • Health Data & Analytics Ecosystem for Africa
  • Water Data & Analytics Platform for Africa
  • Smart Education for Africa
  • Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities
  • Empowering Smart Citizens 



Mapping of Sustainable Development Goals to some of the African Smart Technology Projects

  • Partnerships for the Goals (17)
    • AI Community and Data Platform for Africa
  • Good Health and Well-Being (3)
    • Health Data & Analytics Platform & Ecosystem for Africa
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (11)
    • Smart Technology Services for African Cities
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (6)
    • Water Data & Analytics Platform for Africa
  • Quality Education (4)
    • Smart Education for Africa



Mapping of AI for Good Summit Tracks to African Smart Technology Projects

AI for Good 
Global Summit Track

Example Use cases

Mapping to Africa Project: Health, Water, Smart Education & Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

AI and satellite imagery 

show potential of AI to map poverty and aid with natural disasters using satellite imagery

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa

Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

AI and health

new opportunities for AI to help achieve Universal Health Coverage

Health Data & Analytics Ecosystem for Africa

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa; Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

AI and smart cities & communities

how AI could assist the delivery of citizen-centric services in smart cities

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa; Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

Water Data & Analytics Platform for Africa

Trust in AI

help achieve transparency and explainability in AI algorithms

AI Community & Data Platform for Africa

Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities


 AI Community & Data Platform for Africa

  • Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
    • ZINDI is a social enterprise whose mission is to build the data science capacity in Africa. Zindi’s vision is for a vibrant community of data scientists across Africa to be mobilized, solving the region’s most pressing problems. ZINDI is an online platform that will host competitions, datasets, tutorials, jobs board, and discussion forums. ZINDI will work with companies to develop, curate, and prepare data-driven challenges. Solutions are ranked automatically by prediction accuracy. The ZINDI platform offers data scientists the opportunity to access jobs and cash prizes, to build their profile and skills, and to connect with their peers throughout the region. ZINDI enables companies, organizations, and governments to host competitions to solve their specific problems and attract the best data science talent in Africa
  • MIIA and ZINDI are collaborating around creating a capability on the African continent for transforming Africa through data science and machine intelligence and helping governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and communities thrive in the Smart technology era. Where MIIA has been successful at creating a community of data scientists, machine intelligence experts, and data enthusiasts around the continent, providing a communications platform, organising and hosting events, conferences, and hackathons, facilitation of sustainable development projects, providing Machine Intelligence and Africa related resources, and coordinating groups of data scientists around the continent, ZINDI aims to create a platform where organizations can post problems to solve, host data relevant to Africa, offer data scientists access to tutorials and other resources, and offer the community a platform for bringing together in the supply and demand for data science skills. The organisations recognise that these activities are complimentary to a large extent and commit to work together within their own areas of focus and expertise and to jointly raise funding to help Africa thrive in the smart technology era.



Smart Cities

Smart cities are a constant flow. However, we have learnt that data gathering is not the main problem, rather its digestion is the challenge. While technology is crucial, it has a use-it-or-lose-it dimension and requires well-spread digital and analytics skills among the agents delivering the change. We need indeed fully prepared and properly trained professionals to ensure that the information is efficiently managed, because the large volumes of data have to be converted into effective and efficient public policies. Furthermore, data privacy and data transparency are a must to ensure both innovations and the proper utilization of the projects being deployed. Data privacy will establish trust, and data transparency will give rise to government control and accountability. The final stage of this concept actively seeks to engage citizens to work in collaboration with private corporations and the public sector to build better cities in which to live. Citizens are not only expected to increase their use of applications to contribute to the decision-making process, but also to be part of the development of such innovative gadgets. Although citizens are already becoming increasingly aware of all the potentials of living in a smart world, they should be fully integrated in the dyanmics which are already in place between private and public sectors. If the aim is to design tailored solutions for day-to-day problems, and to work for a sustainable city life unhindered by the scarcity of resources, all members of society needs to work collaboratively. Smart cities shall be therefore inherently linked to the efforts of citizens, businesses and governments, and their interconnections through devices, sensors and applications.


Empowering Smart Citizens 

Eighty percent of the population currently lives in cities. Population growth and aging, climate change and pollution - all of these are defacto trending topics in our current societies and all of them contribute to the pressure on public resources availability. Faced with the challenge of maintaining citizens' quality of life and living, the smarter move for governments is optimize the delivery of services via the use the increasing availability of data, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things, and Blockchain technologies. The goal of Smart Cities is to tailor public services to increase resource efficiency.


According to Waag Society in Amsterdam, Smart Citizens have the following characteristics:

  • Will take responsibility for the place they live, work and love in
  • Value access over ownership, contribution over power
  • Will ask forgiveness, not permission
  • Know where they can get the tools, knowledge and support
  • Value empathy, dialogue and trust
  • Appropriate technology, rather than accept it as is
  • Will help the people that struggle with smart stuff
  • Ask questions, before they come up with answers
  • Take part in design efforts to come up with better solutions
  • Work agile, prototype early, test quickly, start all over
  • Will not stop in the face of huge barriers
  • Continously share their knowledge and learning


Empowering Smart Citizens:

  • Bottom up decision making vs Top down decision making
  • Non-linear approach vs Linear approach
  • Encouring complexity vs Reducing complexity
  • Embracing uncertainty vs Minimizing uncertainty
  • Enable & boost creativity vs Stifling innovation


Start the journey to use AI to enhance citizen exerience:

  • Put humans at the center
    • Start with a design that is ethical, compliant, and responsible and that centers around people: citizens/customers and workers
  • Develop and enterprise AI strategy
    • Develop an enterprise AI strategy that defines your long-term vision, roadmap, and governance while delivering near-term value
  • Make user journeys and prioritize
    • User service design to map user journeys into service blueprints that can help identify and priotize AI opportunities
  • Keep goals in sight
    • Implement targted solutions to help achieve your goals through intelligent automation, superior judgement, and enhanced interaction.
  • Never stop improving
    • Keep assessing strengths and weaknesses and continually address what your learn


Smart Technology Services for African Smart Cities

Healthier Cities - Health & Social Services

  • Population Health Management
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Social Programs
  • Virtual Health

Educated Cities - Education

  • Classroom Devices for Learning
  • Facilities Management
  • Future-Ready Skills
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Physical Safety
  • Predictive Analytics for Education

Safer Cities - Public Safety and Justice

  • Call Center & Dispatch
  • Catastrope Modeling
  • Community Policing
  • Courts Management
  • Digital Patrol
  • Operational Intelligence
  • Prison Management
  • Video Management

Sustainable Cities - Urban Mobility

  • Connected Vechicle Analytics
  • Disruption Management
  • Fare & Toll Management
  • Fleet & Asset Management
  • Parking Management
  • Trafic & Transit Optimization

Sustainable Cities - Energy & Water

  • Atmospheric Air Quality Management
  • Carbon Management
  • Energy Distribution Management
  • Water & Sewer

Sustainable Cities - Buildings, Infrastructure, Planning

  • Land Management
  • Sanitation
  • Smart Buildings
  • Street Lights

Digital Cities - Government Admin

  • Citizen Services
  • Connected Field Services
  • Decision Management & Support
  • Personalization
  • Regulations, Licensing & Permitting
  • Virtual Town Hall

Digital Cities - Government Finance

  • Financial Mangement
  • Fradu Detection & Prevention
  • Grants Management
  • Tax

Digital Cities - Tourism, Recreation, Culture

  • Destination Management
  • Sports & Events
  • Tourism portals 




49. Global Investors Group, South Africa Securities Finance Masterclass, Raisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, 17 May 2018 


Website: https://globalinvestorgroup.com/event/21/south-africa-securities-finance-masterclass  

MIIA has also given their support for the South Africa Securities Masterclass event that takes place in Cape Town on 17 May 2018. See specifically the technology update panel discussion for AI and blockchain related technology perspectives as it pertains to Finance Securities.

Technology Update
• Has the securities finance market evolved to reflect the efficiency and transparency that can be afforded by modern technology?
• What areas are in need of an upgrade?
• What role will blockchain play in the market and when?
• How can firms use AI/machine learning to enhance efficiency?

Moderator: Stephen Linnell, COO of Global Markets, RMB

Steve Everett, General Manager, Strate Collateral Management Services
Mukhtar Yoonas Cassim, Founder, South Africa Blockchain (Pty)
Gavin Marshall, 
Founder, Sharebit



48. Rise to the Challenge: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI, Rise Cape Town, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town, 25 April 2018  

Rise Cape Town (created by Barclays) and MIIA has joined forces with respect to the event Rise to the Challenge: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI, which was hosted at Rise Cape Town's premises at Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town on 25 April 2018 from 10am-12pm. 

  • Rise introduction by Camilla Swart
  • Talks by Dr Jacques Ludik, Ryan Falkenberg, and Dr Charles Copley
  • Panel Discussion by Data Science, Machine Learning & AI practitioners and industry experts

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/247962659/


47. Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI, Midrand, 18 April 2018 

MIIA partnered with PwC in hosting a successful event focused on Opportunities and Pitfalls in Machine Learning and AI at PwC's new offices in Waterfall, Midrand on 18 April 2018. Dr Jacques Ludik has given the keynote address which was followed by a discussion with Data Science, Machine Learning & AI practitioners and industry experts on the panel.


Date: 18 April 2018, 7-8:30pm

Venue: PwC, Waterfall City, 4 Lisbon Lane, Jukskei View, Midrand, 2090, South Africa

Sponsors: PwC, MIIA, Cortex Logic




Registration: http://qkt.io/Bcu8QM

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa-Jhb-Pta/events/247964941/ 


46. CIO Challenge Conference, The River Club, Cape Town 12 April 2018 


CIO Challenge Conference which was held at The River Club in Cape Town, has provided an exclusive opportunity for attendees to discover effective enterprise solutions, meet with seasoned Information Officers, partake in open floor discussions as well as share experiences with various industry sector peers from the Public and Private Sectors including Finance, ICT, Government, Transport, Manufacturing, Retail and Healthcare to mention but a few. The format of the CIO Challenge CT event is based on interaction and learning over the one day where the audience will hear from industry leaders as well as have the opportunity to engage in open floor discussions and gain valuable insight from these leaders. 

Key discussions in the agenda included the current challenges facing Heads of IT with Cybersecurity Act & Data Breach Penalties, POPI & GDPR Act Implementation, IOT, BI & AI, Managing Multi Cloud Deployments, Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation



Peter Du Plooy – CIO Engen -Organisational change and realigning strategy to support digital innovation.

This paper covers the principles of redesign and reorganisation of key high level organisational structures that result from a realignment of strategy being driven by the need to adopt a digital approach to business.

The paper initiates the discussion on the need to revisit and realign corporate strategies in response to digital competition. This in turn drives a reassessment of processes, systems and structure. In this session you will hear about the case for change, strategic alignment, digital integration and structural change principles.

Dr Jacques Ludik – Founder & Chairman MIIA – Current challenges facing CIO’s with AI and IOT

Collin Mamdoo – Principal Specialist – IoT (Vodacom Western Cape)

Christoff Pienaar – Director Technology – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr – Final preparation for POPI & GDPR Implementation. (GDPR commences 28 May 18)

Dr Barry Devlin – Founder & Principal – 9sight – The shift from BI (Business Intelligence) to AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Peter Walsh – CommsCloud

Alan Moon – Head Business Continuity Information Systems & Technology City of Cape Town- Cybersecurity prevention strategy and insights into new Cybersecurity Act!

Richard Mulholland – CEO Missing Link – Beware of the Fox


45. Deep Learning IndabaX, UCT, Cape Town, 6 April 2018 




We welcome everyone interested in AI, machine learning and deep learning to attend the Indaba X. Communication will be spread through existing meetup groups, the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) social channels, University (UCT and Stellenbosch) departments, work networks, and society channels to reach people from all backgrounds and communities. We have a few sponsors, but welcome other interested sponsors to email us at info@machineintelligenceafrica.org.

Website: https://indabax.github.io 

Venue: PD Hahn Building Lecture Theatres 1 & 2 & 4, University of Cape Town

Date: Friday 6 April 2018

Video & Presentations:

Keynote address: Deep Learning Foundations, Architectures and Applications - Dr Jacques Ludik

Panel Discussion:

IndabaX video playlist of all lectures:

Deep Reinforcement Learning 


Some Tweets

Photos: Photos of the event



Other IndabaX events throughout Africa during the 26 March - 6 April 2018 period includes:


44. SABEC 2018, 3rd SA Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018, Spier wine Estate, Stellenbosch, 4-6 April 2018 


MIIA has been represented at the 3rd SA Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018, via a presentation by Dr Jacques Ludik on AI applications in Biomedical Engineering.  The Conference was held on 4 – 6 April 2018 in collaboration with the IEEE EMBS, the IEEE South Africa Section, the IEEE EMBS South Africa Chapter and Stellenbosch University. This conference took a new approach in combining theory and research with the development, industrialisation and commercialisation of these ideas to showcase not only what can be done but give you insight into the Stellenbosch Biomedical Engineering Ideation Engine.

Biomedical Engineering is a progressive and exciting field aimed at improving or solving health-related problems through multidisciplinary fields such as Physics, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering at the intersections of Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences. There remains huge potential for innovation and human capacity building in this field not only in South Africa, but in Africa and globally. Hence, they have broaden there scope and invited those from Industry to join in what is to become the premier Biomedical Engineering Conference in Africa.


PresentationPresentation - AI Applications in Biomedical Engineering - Dr Jacques Ludik

VideoVideo - AI Applications in Biomedical Engineering



43. AI: Implications and Impact, City.AI, Cape Town, 27 March 2018

Event Details

Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing at an exponential rate, touching almost every part of our lives: becoming more prevalent and powerful. While the technological implications are clear to see, the sociological impact requires frequent discussion of AI's benefit and danger. With mainstream fear of this technology, there are reasons to be cautious but also optimistic. Join us for a discussion that will dispel myths, provide known answers, and generate new questions.
For City.AI's inaugural event, we have decided to dive straight into the discussion. We hope you will join us for a level-headed debate on AI: Implications and Impact. Our panelists include David Anderson, Lethabo Motswaledi, Neil du Toit,  and Weibke Toussaint, with moderation by Christopher Brian Currin
Date: 27 March
Time: 18:00 - 21:00

Website link:  https://capetown.city.ai



42. SatRday, Cape Town, 17 March 2018 

The R community and some of South Africa's most forward thinking companies have come together to bring satRday back to Cape Town. This conference provides an opportunity to hear from and network with top Researchers, Data Scientists and Developers from the R community in South Africa and beyond.

Website: http://capetown2018.satrdays.org/ 


41. Building AlphaZero AI using Python and Keras, MIIA Cape Town Meetup, Cape Town, 15 March 2018 

MIIA has scheduled an event where it has showcased the Building AlphaZero AI at Rise Cape Town on 15 March 2018. Cortex Logic and Rise Cape Town was the sponsors. 


  • Sponsors introduction
  • "Introduction and MIIA update", Dr Jacques Ludik, MIIA, Cortex Logic
  • Introduction to DeepMind’s Deep Reinforcement Learning - AlphaZero", Benjamin de Charmoy
  • Demo - Alpha{Connect4}Zero”, Benjamin de Charmoy
  • Open Discussion



Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Machine-Intelligence-Institute-of-Africa/events/247962345/

Registration link: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/42673-building-alphazero-ai-using-python-and-keras/
Event short link: http://qkt.io/lcT5hd

Venue: Rise Auditorium, 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange building, Barclays Rise, Block B, 5th Floor · Woodstock 7925



40. DataCon Africa 2018, CTICC, Cape Town, 26-28 February 2018 


Corinium has been bringing the South African data analytics community together since 2016 through conferences and roundtable discussions. In February 2018 it's Cape Town's turn to get together to discuss and debate the future of data analytics. Apart from MIIA being a media partner for this event, we also have members from the MIIA community presenting at this event.

DataCon Africa 2018 will feature case studies on practical uses cases of data analytics and data science as well as in-depth discussions on key topics:

  • Building a data-driven enterprise for information led decision making
  • Establishing a sustainable data governance framework
  • The impact of advanced analytics on future business performance
  • Developing a highly effective data analytics business unit

DataCon Africa 2018 already features speakers from industries such as online gaming, microcredit, fintech and telecoms.

See also the agenda and format for more details about this event.

MIIA was also represented by Dr Jacques Ludik who has given an keynote address on day 2 of the conference.


39. Deep Learning Meetup, Cape Town, 20 February 2018 

Cape Town Deep Learning Meetup  on 20 February 2018 at Zoona's offices just off Kloof Street, 4-32 Darters Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

Deep Neural Networks for Sequence Modeling (Language + Time Series)

Presenter: Alex Conway, Numberboost, CTO

Modeling language is hard. There are long-running dependencies with ideas that can span paragraphs and we also have to deal with the intricacies of expression including sarcasm, ambiguity and polysemy. There have been many remarkable results in computer vision - for example ImageNet where the state of the art has been beaten and the algorithms are more accurate than humans. Computer vision is also inherently easier to grasp because it is visual and the most common representation - “convolution" - is easy to visualize. The first obvious question when modeling language is how to represent it numerically so that you can fit a model. One topic that we will focus on is semantic vector spaces and Word2Vec. Then when we consider how to advance beyond a simple “bag of words” model that ignores word order, we will consider that language is actually a sequence (like time series) and we can apply deep learning models that perform well on sequences such as recurrent neural networks (LSTMs and GRUs) and 1-dimensional convolutional neural networks that do “backpropagation through time” to build powerful language and time series models. The talk will include code samples and practical examples. 

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-deep-learning/events/247409146/ 


38. Artificial Intelligence Transforming Human Resources Summit 2018, Sandton, 14-16 February 2018 

MIIA was represented at the Artificial Intelligence Transforming HR Summit 2018, where Dr Jacques Ludik has given the opening keynote address on "Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the Human Resources". The event was hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 14th to the 16th of February 2018.

For more details on the agenda, see https://lnkd.in/ez2YYRj https://goo.gl/pNVoX1.

Re-imagine how the delivery of HR, talent, learning, recruitment and performance management processes are being transformed by Cognitive insight

Chatbots, robots, virtual assistants, and other devices powered by business algorithms are rapidly joining the ranks of workers in every industry and profession. It’s up to human resource (HR) professionals to cultivate these innovations for the opportunities they bring to the company.

The biggest driver of AI’s impact in the HR industry is the massive growth of big data. Until now, we haven’t had access to simple software systems with which to track and analyse internal employee data such as sick days, leave requests, hiring trends, workflow, etc. In South Africa today, most businesses have undergone some degree of digital transformation and lean on various  type of technology. HR professionals are recognizing that this valuable data and the insights teased from it play a major role in reducing risk and driving decision-making, when it comes to talent management and organisational performance.

In its 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, “Rewriting the rules for the digital age,” Deloitte issues a call-to-action for companies to completely reconsider their organisational structure, talent and HR strategies to keep pace with digital disruption. “Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and these innovations have completely transformed the way we live, work and communicate, both globally and here in South Africa” said Trevor Page, Director Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting.  “Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), mobile platforms, sensors, and social collaboration systems have revolutionised the way we live, work, and communicate; and the pace is only accelerating,”

AI in the Recruitment Revolution is having immense impact in improving traditional recruiting processes; introducing  virtual assistants for recruiters is one such way  in which recruitment can become less time-consuming. AI promises to augment recruiting with semantic search, people -analytics, real-time monitoring of performance, augmented reality tools to assist in interviews, and enhancing decision making by cultural fit analysis; though all these are still subject to successful implementation in the times to come. Unconscious Biases is one of the deeply rooted shortcomings of HR professionals, as no matter how self-aware we are, human decisions are still influenced to a degree by subjective opinion.

AI is also influencing Productivity Management be it selling, production, customer service or any parameter of Balance score card, thereby impacting factors around greater engagement as well as Retention. One of the most promising tools that AI could generate is a performance review of employee groups on a monthly basis and generating rewards for the delivery for the corresponding period.

Benefits of attending include:

  • Appreciate what AI actually is and its current and future impact on HR
  • Understand how AI has begun to transform HR Management, functions, roles, responsibilities, priorities and policies
  • Appreciate how deep learning systems can and are advancing HR
  • Learn how AI is changing staff training and development
  • Get exposed to how AI is influencing recruitment and selection
  • Foster an understanding of how AI can advance your payroll & payroll functions
  • Learn about the challenges of AI adoption and  deployment in the HR Environment
  • Appreciate how AI is a catalyst for new working methods and organizational methods
  • Learn why and how HR leaders will have to embrace AI  quickly
  • Get Case studies on how Self-service chatbots are managing shared services
  • Explore case studies on how AI is influencing HR in leading global as well as local companies


Opening Keynote Presentation: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on the Human Resources (HR)


  • The Rise of Artificial Intelligence -So, what is AI exactly?
  • Types of AI, Voice Recognition, Chatbots
  • AI Algorithms
  • Strong, weak and in-between AI
  • Why AI is so powerful for Human Resources
  • The rise of artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces
  • HR: The perfect home for intelligent assistants
  • Benefits of Artificial Intelligence For HR
  • AI driven HRIS
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