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Twitter Partners Hacklab Foundation For Largest AI Hackathon In Africa

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April 3, 2021, 12:57 a.m.

The Hacklab Foundation and the Hacklab Annual Hackathon, now the largest Hackathon in West Africa turned 5 years old in 2020.

The Hacklab Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on preparing the youth for future jobs. It achieves this through boot camps, hackathons, mentorship and coaching, internships, and job placement.

7yrs – 13yrs, supported 450+ women in tech, 800+ youth were placed in jobs and internships. people, organized 8 hackathons, 2 robotics, and coding boot camps for kids between the ages of 7yrs – 13yrs, supported 450+ women in tech, 800+ youth were placed in jobs and internships.

Through a partnership with IBM, the Foundation launched the National Digital Skills Training Program in November 2018, to reach 100,000 people by 2022.

Globally, emerging technologies are disrupting industries and the way we think about problem-solving. Technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Sensor Technology, 3D Printing, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence have the potential to act as impact amplifiers and challenging traditional approaches of going about ‘age-old problems in sectors such as agriculture, financial services, healthcare, education, water, and energy.

Africa has registered impressive economic growth over the past decade and a half, displaying remarkable resilience amid global volatility and turmoil. Time is now ripe for the continent to turn the chapter and embark on a journey towards a major economic transformation. For this, Africa needs a new economic growth model powered by the strength of the real economy, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Emerging technologies can play a critical role in helping Africa address its age-old development challenges and achieve exponential growth over the next decade.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the main driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). And while it is not a new concept – for decades computers have been programmed by humans to make decisions on available facts. But what is different now, as technology advances every day, is an evolution in machine learning.

Machines are now developing what is known as “tactic knowledge”, which is essentially how the human mind works. And this will only improve with the explosion of data.

According to the Worldwide Web Foundation, much focus has been on countries leading the AI revolution, while middle and low-income countries, such as Ghana, are being left behind. Research by McKinsey estimates that AI is contributing to a transformation of society “happening 10 times faster and at 300 times the scale” of the Industrial Revolution.

So, it only makes sense that these countries start embracing AI and spotting opportunities because there are many benefits such as deepening democracy, improving service delivering and growing their economies.

This year’s Annual Hackathon is scheduled to take place from the 9th - 11th April 2021 and will be the largest virtual hackathon in West Africa.

Over 800 participants from 20 tertiary institutions, 50+ speakers and facilitators, 50 mentors, and coaches will discuss solutions to address local problems under the theme: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to drive Digital Transformation in Africa.

Solutions will be cut across the following verticals:

● Energy

● Healthcare

● Agriculture

● eCommerce

● Transportation

● Climate Change

● Internet of Things

● Financial Technology

This event is supported by Stanbic Bank Ghana, GIZ, Twitter, Vodafone Ghana, and IBM.

How to Register Your Team:

Download the Hacklab Connect App on Google PlayStore:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apps.hacklabgh.hacklabconnect&hl=en&gl=US

Apple Appstore: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/hacklab-connect/id1369512109

Website: https://connect.hacklabfoundation.or

Register Your Team and share team code with your team members to join

For inquiries and registration assistance, email: info@hacklabfoundation.org

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