AISaturdayLagos: #LagosAIHack

A little bump in the road is just a bump. There’s more ahead until you reach your destination.” 
 ― China Cancio

Who would have guessed that AI6 Lagos would be partnering with Lagos Women in Machine Learning and Data Science to organize the first AI Hackathon in Nigeria 😲

If you can dream it …..
You can achieve it — Walt Disney

Overview

(We) in this context refers to AI6 Lagos, WiMLDS and Tomiwa😃

We held Lagos AI Hackathon on 7th and 8th of April 2018 with a total of 50 participants, 6 females and 44 males. We had a total of 100 registrants on the attending.io page.

The theme of the hack was focused on deep learning and the challenge was to classify food image data. We chose food because AI6 Lagos is currently working on a project called ChowNet. ChowNet is set to be an ImageNet for local delicacy.

This project was born because of the tweet below 😄

For the hackathon, we had 16643 food images grouped in 11 major food categories. Each team(5 maximum which the team ensured was a mix of novice, beginners, intermediate and expert) was expected to choose one of the popular deep learning frameworks such as Tensorflow, Pytorch, Keras or Neon to solve the challenge. We had a kaggle InClass competition page created for the teams to monitor their submission on the leaderboard.

The hackathon started on Saturday 7th of April at 1pm, AI6 Lagos held her normal AI Saturdays Lectures from 11am — 12:30pm after which we started the registration process for the hackathon. The hackathon was called to an end at 6pm on day 2 with each team members presentation about how they approach the problem, why they chose that approach and the challenges they faced.

Some of pronounced challenges faced were
1. Longer training time

2. GPU — thanks to the free GPU provided by Google Colab which some of the groups judiciously leveraged to train their model even though most of them ran into runtime memory error 😶

3. Deserting team members 😠 who came on Saturdays but left their team hanging on Sunday

Final Thoughts
Overall, it was a great learning experience for everyone, most especially for the AlSaturdaysLagos participants who have been going through these theories for the past 14 weeks.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to these amazing Homo Sapien who put in their all to make this hackathon a complete success -: Yetty Sanni, @Azeez Oluwafemi, Tomiwa Ijaware and Rukayat Sadiq (L-R)

we miss you Rukayat 😙

Appreciations

We’re extremely lucky to have Intel and Google as sponsors.

What Next?

Even though the challenge is over, we still encourage people to submit their solution to the github repository we have created for this hackathon — https://github.com/AISaturdaysLagos/Lagos-ai-hackathon-April2018.

Useful Links

  1. Link to kaggle: https://www.kaggle.com/c/lagos-ai-hackathon

2. Link to photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/E6EBnNWSMV5opY2x1


As we proceed with the remaining lectures and officially end the first cohort for AI Saturdays next weekend, We are very hopeful about the the future of AI in Nigeria.

AISaturdayLagos wouldn’t have happened without my friend and fellow ambassador Azeez Oluwafemi, our Partners FB Dev Circle Lagos, Vesper.ng and Intel.

A big Thanks to Nurture.AI for this amazing opportunity.

Also read how AI Saturdays is Bringing the World Together with AI

I got featured on Intel’s blog post 😊. You can read about me here

See you next week 😎.