The IndabaX programme started in 2018 as an experiment in strengthening our machine learning community beyond the annual Deep Learning Indaba, to allow more people to contribute to the conversation on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
A Deep Learning IndabaX is a locally-organised Indaba that helps ensure that knowledge and capacity in machine learning is spread more widely.
In 2018, we supported 13 IndabaX events that were run locally in different countries across Africa, growing our community by over 1,000 attendees.
If you attended the Deep Learning Indaba in 2017 or 2018, and think your local community would benefit from such an event, we encourage you to organise an IndabaX at your institution. We leave details of what exactly happens at an IndabaX to those who take on the role of organising one. All we ask is that you organise your IndabaX in the period of March - May 2019.
The Deep Learning Indaba will support as many of these meetings as we can. Our support can include anything from grants to financially support your event, help in planning and speaker invitations, publicity through the website, or in any other ways that local organisers think would be useful. An IndabaX can be small or big. Be as creative as possible.
Your IndabaX could be:
We do require that all IndabaX events partner with a local university. We are also aiming to support one event per country, and so please try reach out to anyone in your local community who could strengthen your event.
This is your way to help build your local machine learning community towards strengthening African machine learning, in the spirit of our 2018 theme of Masakhane: we build together!
To make this possible, we ask interested groups to complete our online application form describing your meeting.
Send us your proposals by 15 December 2018. Successful local IndabaX organisers will be notified by 31 January 2019, and will receive funding as soon as possible thereafter. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.