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MIIA May 2017 News Letter

Dear MIIA community,
The MIIA community is growing at a rapid rate! We have currently 1050+ members and followers registered across MIIA’s channels. This just shows again the significant interest that we currently have across all disciplines and industries in Machine Intelligence, AI and Data Science and its applications. MIIA’s aim is helping to transform Africa through an innovative community and accelerator for Machine Intelligence and Data Science Research and Applications. We aim to achieve this by networking together the critical mass of resources, promote and sponsor learning activities, and strengthen scientific and technological excellence, mentoring and collaboration on the continent. A core focus of MIIA’s activities is to accelerate and deliver breakthrough Machine Intelligence and Data Science research and practical applications to solve African problems, support entrepreneurial activity, and help drive long-term inclusive and sustainable scientific, technological and socio-economic development on the continent. We have just started on this journey last year by not only growing the community here in South Africa, but also other countries in Africa such as Nigeria, Kenia, Rwanda, and Sudan.
In follow-up to our successful MIIA events in Cape Town as well as Sandton (thanks to our sponsors CiTi, Barclays, Equinox Events, and Cortex Logic), see LinkedIn post for updates and resources in this regard: Deep Learning applications, platforms, limitations and quantum computing or the MIIA blog. See also more details below.
Herewith some updates about some upcoming and recent events:
Upcoming Events
  • Television interview shoot on Monday 22 May 2017 (to be broadcasted some time in June 2017)
    • MIIA will also be represented on Television show: Winslyn - a biztech show on kykNET/DSTV (channel 144), which focus on business, entrepreneurship, economics and broadcast live every Tuesday evening at 22h00.
  • Barclays Techstars on 24 May 2017
    • Mentorday with Techstars: Wednesday 24th & Company lookbook at Barclays Rise (Woodstock Exchange)
  • Far Ventures’ “How AI impacts industries” presentation and panel discussion on Thursday 25 May at 6pm
  • Botcon Africa 2017 on Thursday 25 May (during the day)
    • Botcon Africa is a full-day conference focused purely on conversational interfaces, machine learning and AI. The event explores the technologies that are behind the best global bots through featured talks and workshops by leaders and innovators in the field. Alongside expanding the knowledge-base of participants, BotCon Africa is an opportunity for connecting with the leading practitioners in conversational interfaces. 
    • You can see more by visiting or on or twitter @botcon_africa
  • AI / Data Science Hackathon - June/July 2017
    • Since our first announcement of this event, we have received significant interest from the MIIA community to participate in this event.
    • Our organizing committee that also includes Alex Conway and Lianne du Toit is working hard behind the scenes to helping organize our first AI / Data Science Hackathon. We currently have a well-defined data science problem with 3 categories of solutions (predictive, interactive, and journalism) and some relevant data sets. We are in process of finding sponsors for a Cape Town based event. We are currently aiming for Saturday 10 June 2017, but might have to move this out. As soon as we have that locked down, we’ll have some further communications in this regard.
    • The good news is that we already have IBM SA that is willing to be a sponsor for our Joburg-based MIIA events and hackathons.
    • As we plan to host these hackathons in Cape Town, Joburg and other parts of Africa, anyone interested to participate or sponsor these events are welcome to email us at Please also specify the location that is relevant for you.
  • MIIA Meetups in Cape Town and Sandton - June/July/August 2017
    • Anyone interested to present or demo on Machine Intelligence, AI, and Data Science related topics is welcome to send us an email at
  • Deep Learning Indaba - September 2017
Past Events
    • MIIA was also represented at Exponential Africa on Thursday 11 May 2017
      • Link to presentation is available on request at 
    • MIIA Meetup in Sandton on Thursday 11 May 2017
      • Link to presentations, demos, videos, and photos are available below.
    • MIIA Meetup in Cape Town on Wednesday 3 May 2017
      • Link to presentations, demos, videos, and photos are available below.
MIIA Introductory documentation
Best regards

MIIA Meetup in Cape Town on Wednesday 3 May 2017


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In follow-up to my previous post on Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Technology Era and this technology being at the center of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa(MIIA) partner activities with Silicon Cape, Barclays' Rise Africa, and Cenfri's Insights2Impact, we have some further exciting developments and upcoming activities in the areas of Finance, Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Agriculture that I would like to share with this post. In addition to ongoing collaboration with the above-mentioned partners, MIIA has also started to collaborate with Stellenbosch University's Innovus and LaunchLab who has introduced us to some promising spin-out and external companies that they host - more about this in the Eduction and Agriculture sections below. Some of MIIA's upcoming activities this and next week include a presentation to Stellenbosch University's Division for Institutional Research and Planning about AI / Machine Intelligence / Smart Technology and its applications in Education, a Rise Cape Town event "Rise to the Challenge: Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning" (on 20 September 2016), and a strategy and planning session in collaboration with the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CITI) around economic development policy for the Western Cape Government with a focus on the digital economy. MIIA's partner Insights2Impact also has a live stream event on 14 September 2016 which covers the increasing adoption by the private sector of alternative data sources and analytical methodologies for financial inclusion.