The IndabaX 2021 will be held in the form of a Roadshow.
The road show tentatively lasts for three months (tentative dates: 1. September- 30 November) and offers a
series of events,
each of which is hosted by a different team of local organisers and/or institutions. The local teams
design the content of the
event in close collaboration with the main IndabaX organising committee. The events can take the form of a lab
industry panel, student talks, ML pub quiz, or any other engaging, fun and informative activity. We highly
encourage the use of
alternative formats to the usual zoom talks, in which participants can interact with each other and with the
hosts - fun ideas welcome.
The IndabaX team will take care of marketing, quality management and sponsorship of the events.
An equally important second pillar is the growth of a decentralised IndabaX South Africa community forum, where everyone can sign up and interact with each other. The platform is a safe peer-to-peer platform for aspiring and seasoned South African machine learning enthusiasts to exchange knowledge, search for help, recruit talent and build an inclusive culture around data and ML. The forum will be moderated by experienced machine learning volunteers, who will staff dedicated office hours once a week for the duration of the road show. In these office hours, forum members can post questions (from “What do I need to study to become a machine learning expert?” to “How do I train a RNN in PyTorch?“ and “Where can I find a supervisor for a PhD investigating generalisation bounds in a PAC learning framework?”), and the experts will try to offer support - which may sometimes just be to forward the question to the right colleague.
The third pillar of the IndabaX 2021 Roadshow is a competition in which participants can win monetary or material prizes. While details are to be confirmed, the competition will likely have different categories in which candidates can submit material, like a “research award”, a “best South African ML paper” or a “best South African github profile”. The competition will conclude at the end of the second month, and participants can actively use the forum for help with their submissions. The finale of the Roadshow will announce the winners, and thereby conclude the event.
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Each Friday, we will have a new event hosted by a ML group in South African academia and industry. The event will be to showcase their work as a group, share technical expertise, and facilitate connections between extant communities. In supporting the events, we will establish a Indaba𝕏 South Africa community forum on the Discord platform, where people can sign up and interact. The forum will be moderated by experienced machine learning volunteers, who will staff dedicated online office hours once a week for the duration of the road show.