Zindi calls on students to enter machine-learning hackathon UmojaHack Africa


Data science competition platform Zindi is calling on students to enter next month’s first ever pan-African inter-university machine-learning hackathon.

Set to take place on 21 March, UmojaHack Africa will see student teams at universities across Africa compete while honing their skills and developing machine learning solutions to complex real-world challenges.

The winning teams in each of three different machine learning challenges will win a share of $2000, as well as a share of $15 000 for their university. There will also be other prizes for runner’s up in each challenge.

Prizes up for grabs at UmojaHack Africa include a share of $2000, as well as a share of $15 000 for students’ university

In teams of up to four people, more than 500 participants will submit machine-learning solutions to one of three pressing challenges hosted on the Zindi data science competition platform.

Students have until 6 March to register. To register to participate go here.

Zindi CEO Celina Lee said in a statement yesterday that universities from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Algeria, Senegal, Ethiopia and Tanzania have already signed up, with interest from universities across more than 10 African countries.

Among many others, the universities include the University of Cape Town, Carnegie Mellon University Africa, University of Ibadan, Aims Senegal, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.

The event is sponsored by African Bank and Alliance4AI, while Data Science Nigeria is providing support as a regional partner for the event.

Zindi’s data science competition platform currently hosts a community of more than 9000 data scientists across Africa, dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing challenges through machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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