Bluechip Technologies Limited, leading indigenous business applications, and data management solutions firm, has partnered with Data Science Nigeria (DSN) to sponsor the first-ever Inter-Campus Machine Learning competition powered to mark its 10th anniversary.
According to Bayo Adekanmbi, founder of DSN and MTN’s chief transformation officer, the competition, which has ninety two (92) universities and polytechnics from all the states in Nigeria, is an attempt to increase local data science and artificial intelligence capacity and enhance the opportunities and employability of Nigerian students through an incentivized exposure to advanced knowledge in data science, which is now world’s number one career.
From thousands of students from 93 campuses who went through pre-study & quiz, we now have 114 @Kaggle participants set for the @BluechipTechNG InterCampus ML. Also have 55 participants in #DeepLearningNigeria
3 days to go!
Who will make it to this FREE bootcamp Oct 10-14??? pic.twitter.com/VpJKndzuYT
— DataScienceNigeria (@DataScienceNIG) September 24, 2018
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According to Adekanmbi, the competition is now entering the final stage in which the 75 top-performing students on the Kaggle.com global data science platform will be invited to a five-day residential, all-expenses-paid training bootcamp in Lagos, 10-14 October 2018.
He said the five-day residential bootcamp will include face-to-face teaching, virtual online classes, and a hands-on hackathon using Kaggle.com Distinguished data scientists from leading institutions like Google AI Lab, Stanford AI Research, GitHub and Bankable Frontiers Associates will facilitate the sessions.
“The final winner will be determined after a very competitive hackathon on Nigeria-centric data to explore, extrapolate and explain emerging possibilities in financial inclusion algorithms,” he said.
Commenting on the milestone, Kazeem Tewogbade, managing director Bluechip Technologies Limited, stated that “Bluechip Technologies believes that the future of Nigeria is to have the cutting-edge knowledge, and we must proactively raise a world-class generation of machine learning experts who can create breakthrough solutions that will transform our country. And this starts by giving them the right knowledge before they leave their higher institutions.”
Bluechip Technologies partners DSN to sponsor InterCampus machine learning competition https://t.co/eP95BcT3J8 pic.twitter.com/xJ5ppJTqaW
— CFA Leverage (@cfaleverage) September 25, 2018
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About Bluechip Technologies
Bluechip Technologies was established in 2008, to develop a customer-centric approach for delivering data management expertise to guide the decision-making capacity of financial, telecommunications, manufacturing, and public sector organizations. Through a suite of innovative proprietary technology products and strategic partnerships with the leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and multi-national firms, the company has tripled in size and impact over the past decade.
Bluechip has also been heavily involved in the educational development and local talent – building through its endowment fund and multiple internship programmes. Recently, the company kicked off its Bluechip Endowment Fund to support the refurbishment of schools’ facilities. The company has also trained many young Nigerians on emerging technology tools as a strategic empowerment platform.
Olumide Soyombo, a co-founder of Bluechip Technologies, also commented that “We have come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2008. We believe we must give back, and the best way to give back is through investment in the knowledge that will shape the future — Artificial Intelligence and making the world a better place”.
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