Today we release a report that summarises the outcomes of the IndabaX2018 events: summarising its impact, the key recommendations to improve the programme going forward, and celebrating the 13 new IndabaX communities.
The Indaba𝕏 represents some of our most impactful work as an organisation thus far, and its outcomes have made us immensely proud.
‘The central cultural fact of African life’, as Anthony Appiah famously says, ‘is not in its sameness, but in its enormous diversity’. The Indaba𝕏, by creating and supporting local leadership in individual countries, sought to celebrate this diversity. The Indaba𝕏 events were meant as incubators for local ideas and solutions that accommodated the varying levels of experience and motivations, and the different modes of communication and understanding across countries. Yet, we also saw the Indaba𝕏 as a way to create a new type of pan-African unity, one created through a shared commitment to science and technology, using machine learning and artificial intelligence and the opportunities it holds for the advancement of our continent.
We hope, like the annual Indaba, that the Indaba𝕏 events will also become a regular fixture within the African AI calendar, and we work towards making this a reality. We are humbled by the leaders who passionately and selflessly push African AI forward, and who made the Indaba𝕏 events such a success; this report is dedicated to them.