We are excited to announce that AI Saturdays Uyo and Port Harcourt, Tanzania AI lab and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST AI Community) will be joining the Alliance4ai FutureMakers Academy. They will join us in grooming African leaders in the new world of AI by adopting the FutureMakers curriculum, learning process and access to its global network of AI clubs across the African diaspora.
“The future of African AI will be defined by those who build and implement the technology, we must ensure they have the knowledge, awareness, and insight to ask the hard questions that ensure the ethical and equitable implementation that positively impacts the African people. We look forward to the part the FutureMakers curriculum will play in bringing an equitable and inclusive future” – Essa Mohamedali, program lead @ Tanzania AI lab
They will be joining existing chapters in Kenya, Rwanda and Tunisia who will be onboarding new cohorts. Send this link to your friends, children or neighbors who should join.
The FutureMakers Academy, running for its second year was set up by Alliance4ai to fight against the results of exclusion from the artificial intelligence (AI) industry – widening wealth inequality and tech-induced racial marginalization. The members are naturally brilliant, but lack access to 3 key enablers of future excellence
- awareness of what AI truly is,
- strong grasp of capabilities needed to excel in competitive professional spaces and
- a true belief that they have what it takes to change the world using technology
“Thanks to the progress we made last year at Sup’Com, we’re proud to say that many students are now more concerned and aware of what can be achieved by implementing AI in their projects. Our team at Sup’Com won the 1st prize in last year’s UmojaHack Africa. We also have rising stars who are ranked amongst the top 5 Data Scientists in the country” – Ayoub Chamman, student leader @ Sup’Com.
The next challenge for the FutureMakers is to compete in Zindi’s UmojaHackathon, scheduled for March 26th and 27th. FutureMaker teams from Tunisia and Rwanda won a over $3,000 for themselves, and $7,000 for their Universities in 2020. The challenge is on now for them to practice together, form teams and go for the grand prize of tackling real world problems with AI and winning parts of the $10,000 prizes.
As always, we welcome donors and sponsors for this program, as your support helps scale this program to many more people. Visit our donors page to register your support.
With 5 clubs getting trained every year, we are getting hundreds of people into higher paying influential jobs. With our eventual goal of 100 clubs across the entire African diaspora, we would have trained thousands of socially responsible-minded technologists using AI for good, to bring back prosperity to our lands. Join the movement.