The main gathering of the African machine learning and artificial intelligence community, the Deep Learning Indaba, will happen from 21-26 August 2022 in Tunis, Tunisia. It is a summer school, a conference, a community gathering where the state of the world of AI is debated and digested. "Indaba" means "community gathering", after all. Around 500 people will attend physically. We endeavor to support as many students with travel scholarships as possible, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Without this support, most students would not be able to attend. We are supported by a wonderful array of sponsors, and are grateful to all our current corporate sponsors!
This campaign hopes to raise further funds to enable 30 more students to attend, and also allow individual donors and supporters to join us on the exciting journey of strengthening machine learning in Africa.
The messages that we get from students and practitioners include:
"Firstly, I will like to thank you for this great opportunity. I currently earn approximately $115 per month which far exceeds the travelling expense I will incur to travel to Tunisia. I would love to attend the Deep Learning Indaba event to learn from industry experts but I cannot due to not being able to sponsor my travels. I appreciate the time spent reviewing my application. If there is an alternative to this, I will be eternally grateful."
"Thank you so much for positively considering my application. I am excited to be joining you in Tunis in August. However, I am unable to accept the accommodation grant offer. At this time, I will be unable to foot the bill for my airfare - I have checked about 5 different flights and the cost is running well over R22,000 (Rands)..."
"Good morning to you all. I was very very happy when I saw that my application was held up for this great very rich deep learning event and full of opportunities, nevertheless I am not able to pay my travel expenses (visa, plane ticket, food) for the simple reason that I have no one who supports me financially and who could subsidize it to me..."