A new platform has been launched at the AI Expo African in Cape Town, by Liquid Telecom a Pan-African telecom group in order to support its new data science competition initiative within Africa.
The goal of the platform is to enable African data scientists to assemble, collaborate, and compete as the solution for most pressing challenges across Africa as a continent.
The launching of the platform is followed by three inaugural competitions that will be held in the next two to four months.
The competitions include an Uber-sponsored challenge for data scientists to maximize Nairobi ’s public transportation and to process and divide text in documents based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals framework.
They offer up to $12,000 to the first set entrants of competition and in every month, new competitions will be launched.
Demand For Data Science Skills In Africa
In Africa, demand has always been high to provide data scientists with the analytical and technical abilities they need to understand exponential volumes of data and find solutions that are based on evidence.
Liquid Telecom comes up with new ways to provide the development of data science skills in the region after realizing the demands.
It has provided high-speed internet access and Azure credits to participants who compete in the DataHack for Financial Inclusion (DataHack4FI) competition, as one of its proven solutions.
In addition, Liquid Telecom also provides Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Nairobi with its new data analytics center that focuses on data-driven research and practices for African businesses as well as opens masterclass programs in data science and Al for start-up companies in the region.
Liquid Telecom helps to unite data science ecosystem in the region to its users and innovation partners including leading innovation hubs, academic institutions, as well as start-up competitions through the promotion of Zindi platform,
Ben Roberts, the Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Liquid Telecom, shared his thoughts after the launch,
“Data science has a key role in the African digital future. Therefore, we want to ensure that the technical skills they have developed meet the region’s needs in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
Liquid Telecom offers a solution for data scientists to understand and experiment with big sets of data through Zindi platforms. The firm plans to hold its own competition on the Zindi platform in the near future, to enable data scientists to examine its data sets and find applicable solutions in order to serve customers better.
Celina Lee, CEO of Zindi said in the press release
“Zindi offers data scientists—beginners or experts—to accelerate their skills and come up with solutions of the real-world problems. The partnership with Liquid Telecom will widen the demand of the Zindi platform in the continent. It enables data scientists to connect with more peers and access datasets”.