DSN Wins Maathai Impact Award, One Other at 2019 Deep Learning Indaba
Data Science Nigeria (DSN) has emerged winner of the prestigious 2019 Wangari Maathai Impact Award and also clinched the 2nd Best poster at the recently concluded Deep Learning Indaba – Africa’s No 1 gathering of AI/Data Science researchers and practitioners conference awards which held at the Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Deep Learning Indaba aims to strengthen African machine learning, it provides an annual meeting of the African machine learning community.
According to the Bayo Adekanmbi, Founder, Data Science Nigeria, to emerge as the Maathai Impact Award winners at the 2019 Indaba, DSN entries included five posters and a spotlight on DSN alternative crowdsourced data collection approach (Check4Me/MarkeTell apps).
“Our winning poster came from the NaLie crowdsourced app project aimed to address text-related financial fraud (one of the barriers to financial inclusion) using crowdsourcing. It uses crowdsourced fake bank alerts, fake job and promos among others”, said Adekanmbi, who is also the Chief Transformation Officer with MTN Nigeria.
The major awards are the Kambule Doctoral Award, the Kambule Masters Award and the Maathai Impact Award, all to recognise excellence in African research and applications.
Having won the impact award, DSN will have the privilege of representing the continent at the World AI Summit in the Netherlands in October. This will be fully sponsored by the Deep Learning Indaba with DSN having the global stage to present its works to the world. These awards will afford DSN opportunity to continue its impressive streak of gaining global traction and attaining its vision in record time.
Reminiscing on the journey so far, the DSN Founder said, “Two and a half year ago, we started Data Science Nigeria as a strategic capacity building intervention to raise 1million AI talents in 10 years and position Nigeria for transformational AI in Research, Innovation and business/social use cases. It’s deeply humbling to reflect on how we have creditably established ourselves as a leading light on the continent”.
According to him, DSN in less than 3 years has established its credentials as an emerging market best practice. “Hundreds of thousands have benefitted from our multiple learning platforms (face to face, online and offline)” , adding that DSN free ebook has seen over 500,000 downloads while its AI Knowledge Box of over 10,000 AI videos is raising the global standard in access to AI knowledge.
DSN has multiple Ph.D. researchers and over 300 students who have secured job/internship placement the body. Revealing that he is “so proud of what we have achieved together in less than 3 years”, he equally asserts, “1 million AI talents in 10 years is possible” going by the vision of the DSN.
The 2019 Indaba hosted over 700 members of Africa’s artificial intelligence community to a week-long event of teaching, research, exchange, and debate around the state of the art in machine learning and artificial intelligence, culminating in the impressive Deep Learning Indaba Annual Awards.