By Staff Reporter
Intel is set to promote the inclusion of African youth in Artificial Intelligence (AI) through the ‘Intel Youth in AI ePavilion’ at AI Expo Africa 2020.
This comes after the industry-leading tech firm signed up to sponsor nine youth-focused companies and organisations to exhibit at this year’s expo.
Intel to promote inclusion of African youth in Artificial Intelligence
Roy Bannister, co-founder of AI Media Group and director of AI Expo Africa show production comments on the inclusion of Intel as a sponsor of the event.
“We’re delighted to welcome Intel back as a sponsor this year, especially given their focus on skills development and great support in the past, where Intel assisted us in providing free AI Workshops to a large number of data science students, young engineers and entrepreneurs.”
Now in its third year, AI Expo Africa 2020 is the continent’s largest trade-focused AI, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), 4IR, and Data Science business conference. This year’s show will be held online on 3 – 4 September 2020 due to the regulations and restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The AI Expo Africa 2020 speaker line-up features keynotes by Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum; Neil Sahota, IBM Master Inventor, UN AI expert and lecturer at the University of California, and Fred Werner, Head of Strategic Engagement at the International Telecommunication Union, and Bayo Adekanmbi, CTO MTN Nigeria and founder of Data Science Nigeria.
In addition, other speakers include Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and Deputy Head of the 4IR Commission of South Africa.
The Intel ‘Youth in AI ePavilion’ will promote and showcase youth-focused AI companies and organisations, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
Nick Bradshaw, co-founder of AI Media Group — curators of AI Expo Africa explains that not only will the event provide a podium for budding entrepreneurs but it will also facilitate as a learning programme.
“With the impact of COVID, we have taken the entire community online this year. It means we can reach more countries and include more people. Uniquely this platform not only allows us to run our two-day business event, but it also serves as a 30-day learning platform after the main event ends. All the talks, vendor booths, posters, and content are available for young people, students, entrepreneurs and learners from across South Africa and wider Africa to join us and learn about the latest technology driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa”.