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In times like this, it takes a community of people to pull through. While one brings a lot of results, this result is amplified when more people are committed to the goal. Compared to developed countries, the AI journey in Nigeria has been slow with more research, classes, boot camps and conferences held on its learning and application in the country.

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With a vision to develop Nigeria’s AI ecosystem and position the country as a world-class Ai skill, research and outsourcing destination that delivers high-impact transformational research, business use applications, Ai-first start-ups, support employability and social good use cases, Data Science Nigeria is bringing a huge sponsorship to the Ai+ community. At Data Science Nigeria, the Ai+ membership is aimed at driving inclusiveness, fairness and accountable learning that catalyses community spirit, ethical values, quality and excellence.

With the lockdown cutting some people off from their source of income and hubs that provide internet network, the learning momentum of some of the members of the data science/Ai community members across the country has been affected. Students do not have unlimited access to schools’ or offices’ free Wi-Fi like before. Everyone is at home and there is limited cash to buy things.

Exclusive benefits of the Ai+ Community

Ai+ membership framework has segmented programmes targeted at students in secondary schools, higher institutions, core PhD/postdoc Ai researchers, Ai professionals in industries, Business executives and enthusiasts.

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Although anyone can have access to all Data Science Nigeria events, there are exclusive benefits that members of Ai+ community will enjoy. Examples are: internship recommendation, job placements, international conference travel grants, local event travel grants, hands-on data exposure for capacity building, mentorship, start-up support/funding etc.

In a bid to support the Ai+ community, Data Science Nigeria will be providing 1,000G of data in units of 10G, 5G, 3G, 2G and 1G to support students who are currently working on research projects, ongoing online classes and mission-critical personal development.

Qualification criteria

  • Applicants must have no other internet alternatives during this lockdown period
  • Applicants must have a major task that requires internet and must be willing to share the nature of the project with details
  • Applicant must be a member of Data Science Nigeria or a past attendee of the Data Science Nigeria program
  • Applicant must have an Ai+ Membership number (If you are not a member of the Ai+ community, you can fill the form to get registered).
  • Applicant must be willing to share their Kaggle URL to verify their profile
  • Applicant must be willing to share their Zindi URL to verify their profile

Do you meet all the criteria? Then apply for the Data support here.

For those who would love to support this movement, reach out to the organization here.

Leo Buscaglia once said:

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

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This article was first published on 8th April 2020 and updated on April 9th, 2020 at 11:35 am


Aanuoluwapo Olajide is a freelance writer who believes that words are fundamental blocks and are the force of life and death. She is a tech enthusiast, fashion designer and a lover of words.

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