Since 2015, Data Science Africa (DSA) has held an annual summer school and workshop to train participants on machine learning and data science methods and provide an avenue for researchers to present work demonstrating the application of these techniques to problems relevant in the African context.

For 2018, there will be two events: DSA 2018 Nyeri in Kenya, May 31st to June 8th and DSA 2018 Abuja in Nigeria, 12th to 16th November, representing our goal to consolidate the regional community in East Africa while also expanding to other regions. DSA 2018 Nyeri will focus on training approximately 30 participants who will then be able to serve as trainers in their local contexts. DSA 2018 Nyeri will be a "Training of Trainers" event under the theme "end-to-end data science."

This year's speakers and instructors include:

Summer School on Machine Learning and Data Science
Dates: 31 May - 06 June 2018
Venue: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nyeri, Kenya

We would like to expose data science trainers to the entire pipeline of data collection, analysis, and communication of results using relevant examples. We plan to have participants deploy sensor systems at the DeKUT conservancy and farm which will collect data that they will then analyse.

To benefit from this course participants must have some background in programming particularly programming with Python and machine learning. The registration process will include submission of worked examples in Jupyter notebooks. Registration is now OPEN.

School programme outline:

Day Activity
Day 1 - 31st May 2018
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Fundamentals of IoT
  • Greenhouse sensor Deployment
Day 2 - 1st June 2018
  • Classification
  • Low power communications for IoT
  • Air Quality Sensor Deployment
Day 3 - 2nd June 2018
  • Data Storage Fundamentals
  • Data Server Set Up
  • Streaming Data Basics
  • Camera Trap Deployment
Day 4 - 4th June 2018
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Systems for Data Visualization
  • Spatial Data Analysis
Day 5 - 5th June 2018
  • Deep Learning I
Day 6 - 6th June 2018
  • Deep Learning II
Data Science in Africa Workshop
Dates: 07 June - 08 June 2018
Venue: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nyeri, Kenya

Important Dates

01 May 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline

01 May 2018: Closing Date for Registration

Call for Registration

The workshop will be organized around paper presentations and interactive panel discussions. We invite participants interested in presenting work at the workshop to submit a short abstract describing the application of data science methods to problems relevant to Africa. The submission should be limited to a 3 page (max) submission following this LaTeX template. You will be notified whether your work will be presented orally or as a poster. We are interested in work addressing low resourced developing world challenges in the broad areas of:

  • Data Science for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Disaster response
  • Geospatial modelling
  • Telecommunications data modelling
  • Economic monitoring

During the panel discussions, we will unite a wide range of stakeholders, including data scientists, representatives from government, development practitioners and the private sector; this will provide a unique setting in which innovative solution driven ideas can thrive.

Participants will also develop a framework for attracting young African talent, mentors and researchers from academia, the public sector and the private sector in Africa to engage in activities geared towards harnessing big data and real-time analytics for the public good.



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