Blogs from the MIIA Community

Herewith the latest content from the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa community. All community members are invited to submit blogs to help further our mission with respect to establishing an innovative community for Machine Intelligence & Data Science research and practical applications to help solve African problems and drive long-term inclusive and sustained scientific, technological, and socio-economic development on the continent. 


Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa 2018

Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa - Season's Greetings!

Season's greetings to the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) community, our partners and all our supporters who showed interest in how exponential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the operationalization of Big Data & Analytics and Data Science can help shape a better future for us all, including to help transform Africa. We live in a golden age for AI and some believe we have just entered it. As discussed in Deep Learning in Africa, AI is also growing in leaps and bounds on the African continent and is being further strengthened by a range of exciting activities and initiatives such as the Deep Learning Indaba (sponsored by Google, amongst others), multiple MIIA events, the 1st AI Africa Conference, the Deep Learning HackathonData Science Nigeria's 1st National Summit on Big Data Economy and 2nd Data Science Bootcamp (as well as its collaboration with MIIA), MIIA's representation at the Global Symposium of AI and Inclusion, the Deep Learning Hackathon, the MIIA and AIMS event on AI and Data Science, and other AI and Machine Learning events. MIIA is also mentioned in this primer on the South African AI ecosystem which provides an overview of some startups using AIs, incubators and accelerators, organizations and hubs, education initiatives, collaborations and innovation challenges. As can be seen in the diagram below, it has been a tremendous year of growth and collaboration that provides and excellent foundation that we can build on in 2018.

MIIA and AIMS Event on AI and Data Science

AIMS / MIIA Event on AI and Data Science, Cape Town, Tuesday 5 December 2017

Global Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Inclusion - Rio de Janeiro

Presentations & Videos at October-November 2017 AI Events

Inaugural AI Africa Conference

MIIA has been represented at the inaugural AI Africa Conference on 26 and 27 October 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, where Dr Jacques Ludik has delivered a keynote address on "AI in Africa - Past, Present & Future" as well as a presentation on "Operationalizing of AI and Big Data & Analytics to help businesses thrive in the Smart Technology Era". The event has been aimed at bringing together, under one roof, all stakeholders in AI on the African continent for the purposes of networking, enhancing knowledge and sharing new ideas and emerging trends.