Deep Learning Indaba𝕏
South Africa

July 2024!


A Deep Learning Indaba𝕏 is a locally-organised “Indaba” or conference that helps ensure that knowledge and capacity in machine learning are spread more widely across the African continent.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence conference

July 2024!

The conference will be a multi-day event featuring…





hackathon problems


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🙌 Supporters

Deep Learning Indaba

🐘 African Elephant (R100 000+)

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statisical Sciences (CoE-MaSS)

🖼️ White Rhino (Poster session)

AI Expo Africa

🧤 Community

Sisonke Biotik
AICE - Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence Africa
Adanian Labs
SAAIA - South African Artificial Intelligence Association
AI Media Group

🏛 Affiliated institutions

University of Cape Town
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Pretoria
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Insitute of Science and Technology Austria
Centre for AI Research
Computational Neuroscience Imbizo
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Organising committee

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CEO | Director

Lydia de Lange

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Programme Chair | Director

Anna Bosman

University of Pretoria
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Fundraising | Director

Christopher Currin

Institute of Science and Technology Austria & Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo
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Accounting | Director

Maria Schuld

Xanadu & Part-Time Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
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What people say about the Indaba𝕏

The incredible diversity of experiences and backgrounds of people in the AI and ML field. Everyone has a unique story.

The IndabaX is an amazing event that changed my perspective on how ML can be used in Africa. I am so glad I attended and I would recommend it to anyone.

My key take aways from the conference were in the academia side; I really enjoyed being in the Company of the people I have had around me. They were very intelligent group of People, ranging from the event organizers to the lectures whom shared their years of acquired experience with passion to my fellow students whom were also so accommodating and intelligent. The positive mindset I have acquired from the IndabaX conference was just what I needed to align my personal life with the research project I am currently working on; to know that there are similar minded people out there whom are also working on solving real life problems using science really reenergized me. I thank you kindly for the opportunity.

I enjoyed meeting different people, who are doing very different from what i do and seeing things from their perspective. The keynote were wildly helpful and interesting, so was the panel discussion. I realized that there is no one straight path in AI and ML and that a lot of us can take very different routes and sort of end up at the same place which is interesting.

I am an intermediate in research and reinforcement learning with interest in working in industry. Therefore, the whole conference was my key take away in a way. I attended all reinforcement learning related talks, from the foundations to the applied ML and industry. It was interesting how RL was first introduced before moving on to how it is applied. That was thoughtful and accommodating.

I think the conference did very well when it came to diversity and inclusion, this is highly attributed to the fact that it did not only focus on the technical side of things but included people from different background and cultures with different life experiences. How they came together towards working on solving real life problems really shows the success of this event.

In terms of people, I think there’s an even proportion amongst all genders and race. Including applied ML and industry was truly outstanding because not everyone wants to be in research and academia. The talks were so diverse that most industry were included.