2019 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: 



95. AI Expo Africa 2019, Century City, Cape Town, 4-5 September 2019

AI Expo Africa 2019, Century City, Cape Town, 4-5 September 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as an invited speaker at the conference of which MIIA is also a partner.

AI Expo Africa is the largest business focused AI community event in Africa. Our 2019 conference and expo (4th-5th September 2019) builds upon the phenomenal success of the inaugural event, that was held in Cape Town, September 2018, that cemented it as the largest gathering of CxOs, investors, buyers, suppliers, innovators, SMBs and global brands in the region focusing on real world AI and Data Science applications. Our business audience is comprised of Enterprise decision makers / CxOs, allied to AI Cloud platform providers, Tier 1 / 2 deployment & service providers, AI start ups / innovators, investors, educators, government and AI ecosystem community builders. AI Expo Africa 2019 will have 4 main speaking tracks and 8 skills workshops. You will learn about real Enterprise case studies and the application of AI and Data Science in Business TODAY, available technology and cloud platforms, deployment challenges, ethical considerations allied to the vibrant innovation and start up ecosystem driving the industry in Africa.







 94. Deep Learning IndabaX South Africa, Durban, 14-17 April 2019

Deep Learning IndabaX South Africa, Durban, 14-17 April 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as an invited speaker at the conference of which MIIA is also a partner.

We want to facilitate the learning of others and give them opportunities.

  • Learn from African researchers and pioneers
  • Opportunity for one-on-one time with experts
  • Learn basic and advanced topics in ML

Venue: UNITE Building , University of Kwazulu-Natal







93. Artificial Intelligence Conference, Radison Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, 11 April 2019

Artificial Intelligence Conference, Radison Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, 11 April 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as an invited speaker at the conference of which MIIA is also a partner.

This AI Business Conference aims to help the business leader, data scientist and engineer successfully implement their AI projects. Get practical technical advice on technical sessions geared for Artificial Intelligence Businesses.






92. TMT Finance Cape Town 2019, The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, 28 March 2019

TMT Finance Cape Town 2019, The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, 28 March 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as an invited speaker at the conference.


Venue: The Table Bay Hotel
Address: 6 W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 406 5000
Website: https://www.suninternational.com/table-bay

Register today to guarantee your place at the leading event for Senior Executives active in TMT M&A and Investment in Africa. Limited space remaining.

Key speakers includle MTN, Vodacom, Convergence Partners, BCX, Oracle, CSquared, iROKO, DLA Piper, Silvertree, Dimension Data, Standard Bank & Investec.

Maximum attendence of 250 delegates.


91. 2019 HR Directors Conference, CTICC, Cape Town, 11-14 March 2019

2019 HR Directors Conference, CTICC, Cape Town, 11-14 March 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as an invited speaker at the conference.

The HR Directors’ Conference has been running for 10 years now and consistently offers a platform for HR leaders to connect, grow and share ideas with professionals from many companies and different industries across the country. The theme for 2019 focuses on HR leaders operating and leading in times of volatility and digital disruption.

As technology evolves and the world of work changes, HR leaders have the power to shape the organisation! HR Directors are required to embrace disruption and drive transformation in unchartered territory, having to find new ways to manoeuvre and guide people through uncertainty. As an HR leader you have the opportunity to shape the direction of work and revolutionise and reinvent the way we work, influence, lead and do business. It’s time for a growth mindset and strategic approach that gets you and your department out in front of the change. The HR Director of today and in the future should be the right hand to the CEO. According to Harvard Business Review however, "Research by McKinsey and the Conference Board consistently finds that CEOs worldwide see human capital as a top challenge, and but yet they rank HR as only the eighth or ninth most important function in a company.”

The HR Directors 2019 conference will address some of the MOST pressing challenges faced by HR executives today. By attending you will hear sessions as to how you can:

  • Delivering more business value
  • Deal with change and digital transformation
  • Manage engagement and create employee experiences
  • Attract, develop, retain and inspire best people


90. Africa Tech Week, Century City, Cape Town, 4-5 March 2019

Africa Tech Week, Century City, Cape Town, 4-5 March 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as an invited speaker at the conference.



https://africatechweek.co.za/program/ - Programme

Africa Tech Week is a technology conference, an exhibition and a Technology Awards Ceremony. It focuses on educating South Africa and other African countries on the challenges and opportunities to be gained by their drafting appropriate plans and policies for the 4th Industrial revolution. African Tech Week will also recognize and reward companies on the continent that have demonstrated excellence in the area of innovative product development. The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent.

Africa Tech Week will provide a platform for thought and business leaders to demonstrate how tech can have a significant impact in society and business. It is essential to know how to leverage exponential technologies to make money, save money and become fully efficient. If you want to accelerate performance in your organisation, we can give you the tools to do so. Connect, unlock rapid innovation, realign your performance goals and be part of the future. Be prepared to survive and thrive during the Fourth Industrial Revolution with Africa Tech Week.


89. Deep Learning in the Brain hosted by Cortex Logic, Cape Town, 28 February 2019


[Deep] Neural Networks have been inspired by the brain since their inception. They have become incredibly powerful and continue to leverage insights from neuroscientists. But how biologically plausible are deep learning algorithms really? Is this what the brain does? Are we missing something fundamental from our algorithms?

In this talk, Dr Sebastian Bodenstein and Talieson Beynon, core developers of the Wolfram Mathematica Deep Learning framework, will be presenting some work they have done in the domain of bio-plausible deep learning algorithms during the IBRO-Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo 2019 (https://imbizo.africa).

Address for Cortex Logic Offices:
1st Floor, Liesbeek House
River Park, Liesbeek Parkway
Settlers Way
Mowbray, Cape Town
7705 South Africa


88. AI + Blockchain + Impact Training Course, 26 & 27 February (Johannesburg) & 5 March (Cape Town) 2019


AI + Blockchain + Impact Training Course, 26 & 27 February (Johannesburg) & 5 March (Cape Town) 2019

MIIA will be represented via Dr Jacques Ludik as one of the experts participating in this course.



A practical, immersive and insightful training session on blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (AI), aimed at enterprises, non-profits, development organisations, government, corporates and investment firms.

Have you signed up yet for our hashtag#AI hashtag#Blockchain hashtag#Iot hashtag#satelliteimagery for Impact courses? They will be immersive learning experiences with (completely approachable) lectures, design thinking sessions and 1-on-1 time with experts such as Sharron L McPhersonEkow DukerAnnabel DallamoreMonica SingerJacques Ludik & more. This is your chance to figure out how these emerging technologies can be used to increase your organization's social and environmental impact. These trainings are the first of their kind globally. Join us in Joburg on the 26th & 27th of Feb and in Cape Town on the 5th of March.


87. Channel Africa - The African Perspective with Dr Jacques Ludik, 13 February 2019

Channel Africa - The African Perspective with Dr Jacques Ludik, 13 February 2019

Catch CEO of Cortex Logic, Dr Jacques Ludik, LIVE on Channel Africa Today at 10:30 am #DSTV channel 802 
#CortexLogic #Ai #Technology #africa #ChannelAfrica


86. YPINAI Mentorship live streaming session with Dr Jacques Ludik, 20 January 2019

YPINAI Mentorship live streaming session with Dr Jacques Ludik, 20 January 2019

Dr Jacques Ludik has participated in a live streaming session to an African audience, hosted by Young Pharmacists in AI (https://twitter.com/yp_in_ai) - Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning for Young Pharmacists in Africa (In God we trust, everyone else must bring Data. Major partner of Data Science Nigeria)


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