Thank you for your interest in attending Indaba𝕏 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 Indaba𝕏 events
around the continent or to the main Indaba event
, and, to keep an eye open for next year's Indaba𝕏 ZA.