Deep Learning Indaba𝕏 South Africa 2019 — looking back, moving forward

Starry Durbz — style transfer of Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa and Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and then super-resolutioned

Table of Contents

Introduction

Durban, the location of the South African Deep Learning Indaba𝕏
Deep Learning Indaba𝕏 South Africa 2019
Experience, ethnicity, and gender demographics

Proceedings

AFRICA in AI opening discussion setting the tone for the Indaba𝕏

Day 0

Day 1

Tshilidzi Marwala presenting with the audience
Edgar Jembere
Maria Schuld
Pelonomi Moiloa
30 posters strewn across a corridor for lively conversations and probing insights

Day 2

Andrew Saxe explaining a technical concept
Bruce Bassett

Poster Prizes

Samantha Van Der Merwe (1st), Simbarashe Nyatsanga (3rd), Olubunmi Sule, Craig Bester, and Elan Van Biljon (2nd)

Hackathon — Day [2,3]

Over 100 hackers putting their skills to the test across 4 problems to win 9 prizes all over 18 hours

Unconference

An unconference group discussing “causality”

Hackathon Prizes

Among the exciting prizes was a pair of graphics cards for deep learning courtesy of Isazi Consulting
Open Data Durban (top) and Aerobotics (bottom) prize winners
Isazi Consulting (top) and IBM (bottom) prize winners

Feedback and Improvements

73 travel fellowships awardees showing their love and appreciation.

Opening Party

Hackathon

Unconference

Unconference group discussing machine learning and the scientific method, among other topics!
Unconference group learning about Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)

Talks

Keynote ratings and audience engagement (background)

Behind the scenes

What is next?

Ashley Gritzman guiding gazes and pointing out mistakes (in CNNs)

1. Increase technical content and level of the talks

2. Ubuntu proceedings of Artificial Intelligence (UAI or “You n I”)

3. Indaba𝕏 Summer School

Organisation

Celebrating the end of a successful Indaba𝕏!

Budget and sponsors

Cortex Logic (right: Nick Bradshaw and Jaques Ludik) came ready with mugs and smiles

Deep Learning Indaba

UMHLANGA ROCKS TIER

NORTH BEACH TIER

SOUTH BEACH TIER

HACKATHON SPONSORS

NEW PIER TIER

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Conclusions

The Deep Learning Indaba𝕏 South Africa 2019: driven by organisers, displayed by presenters, but defined by attendees…

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