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
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.
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