Today, we are proud to launch the 2019 Indaba Annual Awards programme. We again look to our continent to celebrate the African heroes who push forward the frontiers of research and its applications. Deadline for nominations is 12 April 2019.
The Kambule Doctoral Award and the Maathai Impact Award encourage and celebrate excellence demonstrated by African doctoral candidates and innovators across our continent. We are also excited to introduce a third award to our programme, the Kambule Masters Award, which broadens the scope of the Kambule Award to include Masters candidates at African institutions. These awards recognise ability, struggle, effort, and African excellence. But importantly, the award winners will serve as an inspiration to our broader community - like the inspiration we gain from the illustrious Africans after whom these awards are named - allowing us to recognise the ability that we ourselves have to make meaningful contributions to our societies.
We are excited to continue our partnership with the Africa Oxford Initiative, who will sponsor a 1-week trip for the winner of the Kambule Doctoral Award to the University of Oxford, where they will present their doctoral research.
We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Black in AI, who will sponsor the winners of the Kambule Masters Award and the Maathai Impact Award to attend the NeurIPS conference in December 2019, and the Black in AI workshop co-located with NeurIPS.
The winners of all prizes will be invited to attend the Deep Learning Indaba, this year held from 25-31 August at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and will all receive a cash prize at the Awards Ceremony held during the Indaba week.
The Kambule Doctoral Award, Kambule Masters Award and the Maathai Impact Award all form part of our broader mission to strengthen African machine learning. These awards will tell the story of African AI innovation, and we hope that you will celebrate African excellence by either applying yourself or nominating someone for these awards. For full details see deeplearningindaba.com/awards-2019.
Thamsanqa Kambule Doctoral and Masters Dissertation Awards
The Kambule Doctoral Award encourages and recognises excellence in research and writing by doctoral candidates at African universities, in any area of computational and statistical sciences. For a list of these areas, please see the website.
The Kambule Masters Award encourages and recognises this same research excellence in masters candidates at African universities, in any area of computational and statistical sciences.
We encourage applications from doctoral and applications from masters candidates across the African continent: by self-nomination from students and authors of dissertations, or by nominations from their supervisors, mentors, and colleagues. If you, or someone you know, completed a Masters or PhD dissertation between January 2016 to January 2019, then consider submitting a application. See website for the full list of eligibility criteria.
The recipients of both awards are those that uphold Professor Thamsanqa Kambule’s legacy as a defender of learning, a seeker of knowledge, and an activist for equality. Thamsanqa Kambule was among the great anti-apartheid activists and the first black lecturer of mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand, dedicating his life to education and learning.
Wangari Maathai Impact Award
The Maathai Impact Award encourages and recognises work by African innovators that shows impactful applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence. We encourage applications from individuals, teams and organisations across Africa.
The Maathai Impact Award reinforces the legacy of Professor Wangari Maathai in acknowledging the capacity of individuals to be a positive force for change: by recognising ideas and initiatives that demonstrate that each of us, no matter how small, can make a difference. Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive the Nobel prize, and one of the best examples of impact that can be made through tireless dedication to a cause.
Applications now open - deadline 12 April 2019!
Applications for the Kambule Doctoral, Kambule Masters, and Maathai Impact awards are now open, and will be accepted until the 12 April 2019. See the awards page for more details on eligibility and the nomination process:
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