14 - 17 April
2019

Durban
South Africa

200+
Attendees

25+
Speakers

Speakers

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Tentative Schedule

Apr 14 (Sun)

08:30 - 14:00

Arrivals

14:00- 15:30

Registration

Pick up your name badge

15:30 - 20:00

Opening Event

Apr 15 (Mon)

08:30 - 10:30
10:30- 11:00

Break

11:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking

14:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 20:00

Poster Viewing

Apr 16 (Tue)

08:30 - 10:30
10:30- 11:00

Break

11:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking

14:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 20:00

Hackathon Opening & Main Event Closing

Apr 17 (Wed)

08:30 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:00

Hackathon prize giving and Closing

Sponsors

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Location

UNITE Building
University of Kwazulu-Natal

40 minute drive from King Shaka Int.
10 minute drive from central Durban

FAQ

Applications
Unfortunately, applications have closed and we do not have any extra capacity. We encourage you to apply for one of the many other Indabaš¯•¸ events around the continent or to the main Indaba event, and, to keep an eye open for next year's Indabaš¯•¸ ZA.
Decision notices were sent out on the 15th of March. Please check your spam folder if you did not receive an email from us. If you still can't find it then please email us at info@indabax.co.za and we'll let you know.
Thank you for your interest in attending Indabaš¯•¸ South Africa. While we can't go into the specifics of why any particular applications were not accepted, we can say that we had almost 470 applications for only around 200 places. This meant that we had to make a large number of tough decisions and had to reject a number of excellent applicants. If your application was rejected it is most likely that there was nothing particularly wrong with the application but rather that it was missing something to make it stand out.

Here are some tips to strengthen your next application:
  • Show that you are committed to learning more about machine learning. For example, if you've taken an online course (such as Andrew Ng's Coursera course) you should mention it (and if you haven't we would highly recommend doing so).
  • Talk about how you are already using, or how you plan to use, machine learning for your work or research.
  • Talk about how you are contributing to your local machine learning community. For example, do you organize meetup events, run lectures, or lead a study group?
  • Make sure you put plenty of effort into the application since this is one way for us to judge your interest in attending.
Please don't be discouraged by this result. We encourage you to apply for one of the many other Indabaš¯•¸ events around the continent or to the main Indaba event, and, to keep an eye open for next year's Indabaš¯•¸ ZA.
Hackathon
Yes! You are welcome to bounce between the two as you please.
We are still working hard to finalize the details of the hackathon, however, we can give you some details at this point.
There will be multiple challenges for you to tackle, each with different difficulties and kinds of data, so everyone should be able to participate.
Each of these challenges is provided by our hackathon sponsors and is based on a real problem they are trying to solve!
Our hackathon sponsors have some great prizes lined up for the winners of each challenge, so bring your A-game!
At this point, the hackathon will be limited to Indabaš¯•¸ attendees but we're working on making it available to everyone around Africa.
We are still figuring out if teams will be allowed. This will depend on how many hackathon participants we have and might also depend on the challenge. However, if there are teams we'll let you form them — they won't be pre-determined. We'll let you know more closer to the event.
We recommend that you bring your own laptop if possible, however, for those of you who can't we'll provide lab computers.
Don't worry about installing any software beforehand (or about bringing a powerful computer) — we'll be using Google Colab which is accessed through the browser, comes with all the necessary software, and gives access to an Nvidia GPU.
Poster Session
Unfortunately, due to space limitations, not everyone can present their poster at the event. If you are one of the those who are presenting you will have been informed in your acceptance notification email. We recommend that you print your poster before arriving in Durban.
The poster boards allow for a poster size of A1 portrait [594mm (width) x 841mm (height)].
General
Please email us at info@indabax.co.za with the appropriate details and we'll be happy to supply you with an invoice.
Unfortunately, while we'd love to be able to help everyone attend, we've already reached our allocated budget for funding (more sponsors welcome) and no further travel grants will be awarded.
Yes! Here you go:
Airbnb also works well!

Who Are We?

We are individuals from a few different institutions that have a passion for machine learning and sharing knowledge:

What is Our Goal?

We want to facilitate the learning of others and give them opportunities.

  • Learn from African researchers and pioneers
  • Opportunity for one-on-one time with experts
  • Learn basic and advanced topics in ML

Want to Contact Us?

Please send us an email at info@indabax.co.za


The Team That Put This All Together!