Read in 2 minutes ● Indaba Organisers
In one week, the first Deep Learning Indaba begins: a gathering of our African community to teach, learn and debate the state-of-the-art in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Our aim during the week will be to build an understanding of the principles and practice of modern machine learning. Of equal importance is the creation of an environment that enables continental collaborations, a raised awareness of the breadth of machine learning career-paths, and that fosters new understandings and friendships.
We leave the legacy of this Indaba to its participants. To each of you we ask: take your experiences and the lessons you will have learnt, and replicate it in your own universities, residences, labs, and offices. Spread your understanding of machine learning as far as you can. This is the way that you will take ownership of the field; how you will strengthen African machine learning.
The Indaba will host over 300 people, with representatives from 22 African countries, comprising 33 African research institutions. But we received more than 750 applications. For every person that will attend the Indaba, there is more than one person who we could not accommodate. This makes it critical for us to take our knowledge and experiences and to share it with others.
To make this possible:
The drum language of the Kele people, sophisticated and proud, once spread knowledge to the far reaches of their communities. These talking drums of Africa are no longer with us. But they can be renewed, in us. As the Indaba closes, this will be our call-to-action: to be the talking drums of Africa renewed. To share what we know. To carry our lessons as far as we can. To use it for the good of our societies. To work towards a shared purpose that secures our continent’s place at the rendezvous of victory.