Knowledge 4 All Foundation sponsors #AI4D Africa Innovation Awards @Indaba

In July 2019 we issued a call for proposals to invite individuals, grassroots organizations, initiatives, academic, and civil society institutions to submit their proposals for mini-projects within the 2019 Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) initiative funded by IDRC.  We selected 10 winners and invited the Awardees to present their solutions at the AI4D workshop during the Deep Learning Indaba 2019 conference.

Deep Learning Indaba is the most exciting AI event in Africa

Last week more than 700 machine learning researchers from over 30 African countries came together at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya for the third annual Deep Learning Indaba. Knowledge 4 All Foundation helped fundraising for Indaba in order to support its aims to Strengthen African Machine Learning.

Knowledge 4 All Foundation runs #IJCAI presentations that show appetite for AI and SDGs

At this years edition of IJCAI, we successfully organised a workshop  on the topic of Sustainable Development Goals. The talks presented machine learning solutions in practice, from poaching to building structures, and poverty and wealth. It seems that the topic of SDGs  and AI in development are gaining traction in practice and can have a valid contribution to science. The X5GON project focusing on education and Open Educational Resources was featured with a keynote presentation.

Revisiting the Nairobi meeting of the African Network in Artificial Intelligence

We are revisiting the great event in April in Nairobi where K4A with IDRC support provided the capacity building and funding needed to launch the African Network in Artificial Intelligence and its basic activities around the African machine learning communities to support the pioneering stages of development driven approached within AI in Africa. The pictures are form the last day of the Nairobi workshop hosted at IBM Kenya.

Release of Government AI Readiness Index 2019

The Government AI Readiness Index 2019: More Equal Implementation Needed to Close Global Inequalities
The Government AI Readiness Index 2019: More Equal Implementation Needed to Close Global Inequalities in Artificial Intelligence

 

Over the past few months, Knowledge 4 All Foundation, a key partner in the Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) initiative to advance AI in the Global South, partnered with Oxford Insights, an international public sector consultancy specialising in AI, and IDRC which prepared the second edition of the Government AI Readiness Index. This year’s index is more globally represented and expanded the scope to cover all UN countries. Having calculated scores for all 194 governments included in the report, Oxford Insights invited experts from each region to contribute commentary to help bring our findings to life with their insights and local knowledge.

AI4D interview series: Isaac Rutenberg, Strathmore University

Isaac Rutenberg, Strathmore University (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/isaac-blog/)
Isaac Rutenberg, Strathmore University (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/isaac-blog/)

If I could solve any problem with AI, it would be [African] products reaching international markets.

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

AI4D interview series: Vukosi Marivate from University of Pretoria

Vukosi Marivate, University of Pretoria, CSIR, Deep Learning Indaba, (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/vukosi-blog/)
Vukosi Marivate, University of Pretoria, CSIR, Deep Learning Indaba, (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/vukosi-blog/)

My bluesky project is how do we get AI to be interpretable and transparent

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, @vukosi #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

AI4D interview series: Olubunmi Banjo, Kuvora

Olubunmi Banjo, Kuvora, (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/olubunmi-blog/)
Olubunmi Banjo, Kuvora, (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/olubunmi-blog/)

I think we should empower young people, so for me to enable people to earn an income and be self-sufficient, then we would succeed in using AI in general.

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D

AI4D interview series: John Shawe-Taylor, University College London

John Shawe-Taylor, University College London (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/john-blog)
John Shawe-Taylor, University College London (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0., https://ai4d.ai/john-blog)

My bluesky projects is education, where I believe AI can enhance the educational provision and experience of countless people across the globe, because it can provide high quality educational materials for the masses.

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D 

AI4D interview series: Olubayo Adekanmbi from MTN and Data Science Nigeria

Olubayo Adekanmbi, MTN Nigeria, Data Science Nigeria (attribution by AI4D, CC-BY 2.0.,https://ai4d.ai/blog-olubayo/)

My bluesky project for AI in Africa is the area of health and automation of delivery systems on the African content.

Organized by K4A, IDRC, SIDA at workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019, @DataScienceNIG @MTNNG #UnitedNations #artificialintelligence #SDG #UNESCO #videolectures #AI4DNetwork #AI4Dev #AI4D