Lagos based tech solutions company, Softcom, last week at the University of Lagos facilitated based in an Artificial intelligence masterclass for business executives, teaching businesses how to leverage Data for more effective business operations.

This was done in partnership with the Data Science Nigeria summit. The company said this was done in furtherance of its vision to solve some of Africa’s biggest challenges in identity, education, payment and data for people and businesses.

“We constantly strive to build solutions and technology that will positively impact lives. We recognise that leveraging artificial intelligence applications across all socio-economic sectors will catalyse sustainable innovation and enable all-round societal impact,” said Yomi Adedeji, Chief Executive Officer of Softcom.

Chief Technology Officer, Softcom, Tomi Amao (2nd r) anmd other speakers at the DSN AI Summit

Adedeji, who described artificial intelligence a critical for national competitiveness and local innovation, stated Softcom’s drive towards democratizing AI, and making the knowledge available and accessible to everyone, from kids in primary schools to CEOs whose decisions shape the corporate future of our national business landscape.

The one-day Artificial Intelligence Demystified masterclass for executives and business leaders was organised to help business decision-makers understand the concept of artificial intelligence, and its application, while imparting knowledge on how it can be used by Nigerian businesses for sustainable impact through innovative solution development, cost reduction and improved operational efficiency.

The masterclass was facilitated by some of the world’s best including one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, Professor Thomas Dietterich, the US-based distinguished professor emeritus at Oregon State University and the founder of BigML. Other speakers at the summit were the Director of Data Science at the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, US-based Walmart, Dr Emmanuel Doro; Facebook’s Research Scientist, Dr. Eric Sodomka;  Dr. Nnnana Orieke, Cloud Solution Architect, Data and AI, Microsoft; Margaryta Ostapchuk,  Software Engineer, Microsoft Canada;  Sabrina Smai,  Software Engineer, Microsoft Canada; Nicholas Litombe, US-based Solution Data Scientist; and Olubayo Adekanmbi, the Convener of Data Science Nigeria and Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria, among others.

Students at the the AI Summit and book launch

Meanwhile, the Summit saw the unveiling of the first-ever AI book for primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. Titled “Beginners’ Artificial Intelligence and Python Programming“, the book was written by the convener of Data Science Nigeria, Olubayo Adekanmbi, an experienced hands-on data scientist, doctoral researcher and business leader with 20 years of experience to introduce Nigerian students to the basics of AI in order to stimulate innovative thinking and drive for global competitiveness. Sponsored by Softcom, the AI books will be distributed free to primary and secondary schools across Nigeria.


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