South Africa: Zindi Rolls Out A New Platform With Over 18,000 Data Scientists


Sept. 16, 2020, 2:29 p.m.

A South African startup, Zindi has rolled out a new platform that will connect various organizations with Africa’s data scientists.

Rolled out during the AI Expo Africa conference, the platform which already has access to a community of over 18,000 data scientists will serve as a budding ecosystem for engineers, scientists, academics and NGOs solving Africa's problems.

Founded in 2018, the startup aims to solve issues related to unemployment and scarcity of accessible opportunities in data science, machine learning and AI space.

They also noticed that companies in Africa often did not know where to start in finding data science talent or how to adopt more data-driven practices.

Speaking on the development, Chief Executive Officer of Zindi, Celina Lee stated that they have the largest community of data scientists in the continent making them uniquely positioned to help organizations find the talent they are looking for.

She added that they are proud to be pioneering a data-driven, evidence-based approach to data science recruitment in Africa to ensure you get candidates with the proven skills you need.

According to a statement by the startup, 55% of its users are actively searching for their next professional opportunity. These users cover a wide range of data science skills and languages, and 75% have a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification

Zindi further stated that many of such users are new to the data science field, but almost half of them boast over one year of data science experience.

The CEO of AI Media Group and Co-founder of AI Expo Africa, Nick Bradshaw said, “Zindi’s recruitment platform addresses the shortage of experienced data science talent faced by many organizations operating on the continent. With many organizations moving to become data-driven, the demand for these rare technical skills is increasing exponentially. This platform is set to make it easier for companies to recruit the best available African data scientists.”

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