4 days / 10 Mentors / 24-hours Hackathon
Intensive Bootcamp

12th – 15th October, 2017

Data Science Nigeria BootCamp


The bootcamp is an intensive, residential and all-expense paid knowledge retreat in a remote part of the city, where data scientist enthusiasts and experts are groomed in the latest tools of data science and machine learning; combining best practices from global industry leaders and academic researchers.

The bootccamp features international PhD-level Data scientists from at least 4 continents with proven result in algorithm and application development. The January, 2017 bootcamp had 10 PhD-level data scientists from 3 continents.


Reflections from the January 2017 bootcamp

Global instructors

  • Dr Arinze Akutekwe, Data Scientist at Fujitsu UK
  • Dr Samuel Durugo, Lead Data Scientist Microgaming U.K
  • Damilola Ojo, Director of Analytics with Delta Partners Dubai,UAE.
  • Humphrey Obie Data Science Doctoral Researcher, Australia
  • Babatunde Olorisade Machine Learning Doctoral Researcher UK
  • MIIA South Africa team : Dr Jacques Ludik, Dr Andrew Collier, Dr Charles Copley, Dr Thuso Simon, Dr Catherine Cress and Odisitse Maswibilili.

Local instructors

  • Professor Shittu of the Department of Statistics of the University of Ibadan facilitated R programming advanced classes.
  • Over 10 hands-on local support providing participants with help in Statistics, R and Python, especially the Python Nigerian team.
  • Industry experts discussion by Ngozi Dozie of OneFi/ Arise and  Yomi Akinyemi of KPMG.

Intensive pre-qualification process

  • 151 participants qualified out of over a thousand applicants who participated in the prequalification exams on the IBM BigDataUniversity Data science coursework.

The October 2017 edition hands-on instruction on machine learning algorithms and statistics for Big Data shall be led by Dr. Sulaimon A. Afolabi, a leading Nigerian Data Scientist and Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and 8 other international PhD-level Data scientists (practitioners and academia) dialling in via videoconferencing.

Dr. Afolabi currently ranks as No 22 out of 7,461 teams on the Kaggle Titanic: Machine Learning

  • https://www.kaggle.com/c/titanic/leaderboard








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