Outcomes and our Recommendations
It was in 2018, and the time leading up to the annual Indaba in September, that saw us introduce the IndabaX programme, introduce the Kambule and Maathai awards, and an annual Indaba that almost doubled in attendance. We formed an ambitious programme for change that we are proud of. Ours is now also a model for change that has been taken on by other groups globally, an impact of the Indaba that was hoped for only in secret. A new Indaba brought with it a new theme, Masakhane that became the call that galvanised the Indaba community, and then became synonymous with it. But Masakhane is more than just a slogan to us, it is the fabric of how we as the Indaba leadership have worked and acted. We remember each of the more than 500 attendees of the 2018 Indaba, and the lessons they have taught us in building a community. They have built us and taught us, much more than they know. We believe the African community of machine learning and AI is stronger now than it has ever been. And like all things, that success began with a small step and simple principle, to which we remain deeply committed.
Our key lessons and recommendations for the future are:
Indaba in Kenya
The Indaba now fulfils the commitment from last year to move across our continent, and will take its first step to the technology hub and vibrant African city of Nairobi in Kenya.
The Indaba Foundation
As we strengthen our work, the next phase will see us professionalise our activities further with the aim to see the long-term sustainability of the Indaba and further structuring of its governance processes.
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Read the full report available at deeplearningindaba.com/reports
Together We Build African AI: Outcomes of the 2nd Annual Deep Learning Indaba, Deep Learning Indaba, March 2019