Nigeria to Create 1m Jobs Via Data Science

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Data Science Nigeria Summi

Data Science Nigeria, a non-profit initiative of MTN’s executive, Bayo Adekanmbi, predicted that Nigeria is expected to create one million new jobs in the next 10 years.

He said, it would be a drive to raise a new generation of world-class data scientists and knowledge entrepreneurs who will set up data science-based businesses and attract foreign exchange to Nigeria.

The second edition of the data science summit is scheduled to hold a bootcamp on Thursday, 12 October 2017, and will showcase many local and international tools and algorithms from data science firms. Confirmed speakers for the summit include Olumide Olayinka of KPMG (Partner), Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor of Google Nigeria (Country Director), Babafemi Ogungbamila of Interswitch (CIO), Dipo Faulkner of IBM (Country Manager), Olufemi Awoyemi of Proshare Nigeria (CEO), Ayotunde Coker CEO Rack Centre and Bernard Kijie Ewah President/Chief Creative Officer, keoun.ng

Other leading experts expected at the conference are Dr Tunji Adegbesan of Gidimo,  Nadayar Enegesi of Andela, Dr Sulaimon Afolabi, Babajide Ogunsanwo of Leadership-By-Data, Dele Tejuoso of Wifi Combat Academy, Steve Babaeko of X3M Ideas, Oluseun Onigbinde of BudgIT, Ngozi Dozie of OneFi, Adetayo Bamiduro MAX.ng. In addition, the summit will showcase some experts like Shingai Manjengwa of Fireside Analytics Canada, Samuel Odeloye, Dr Jacques Ludik and Emeka Okoye of Cymantiks.

The bootcamp and the summit are supported by Microsoft, 4Afrika, Interswitch,  Keoun.ng, KPMG, OneFi, ProShare Nigeria, Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, DataCamp, BusinessDay, TechCabal, TechPoint.ng, BrandCrunch, CFATech.ng and the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa.

The bootcamp is expected to run for four days between Thursday, 12 October and Sunday, 15 October 2017 in the Lekki axis of Lagos State. The bootcamp will include face-to-face teaching, virtual online classes, and a hands-on hackathon using the Kaggle platform. The sessions will be facilitated by leading local and international PhD-level data scientists, in the industry and the academia.

This second edition will be heralded by a national summit on the Big Data economy to discuss and showcase relevant case studies of how the application of data science is driving socio-economic development in emerging markets. Dr Yemi Kale, the Statistician General of the Federation will be the keynote speaker. The summit will also include robust industry discussions about real-world applications of data science in the economy, consumer behaviour, health, business, city planning, security, agriculture, manufacturing and logistics.

The bootcamp will also include a very competitive hackathon aimed at using Nigeria-centric data to explore, extrapolate and explain local socio-economic issues. The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics and ProShare Nigeria will provide data support services to the participants.