SA teen innovators to showcase AI-based applications

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High school girls learn about robotics at the AI in Soweto bootcamp. (Source: Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation)
High school girls learn about robotics at the AI in Soweto bootcamp. (Source: Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation)

After engaging more than 30 000 learners from Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation is ready to host the grand finale artificial intelligence (AI) bootcamp.

Introduced by the foundation, in partnership with the Fliptin Venture Builder, the girls-only bootcamps target girls aged 15- to 18-years-old from historically disadvantaged communities and form part of a nationwide social impact programme, AI in Africa.

Through AI in Africa, the organisers focus on exposing young South Africans to technology that will prepare them for the workplace of the future and a digitally-driven economy.

In addition, learners are taught how to build computer chatbots, package their individual tech solutions, and pitch their innovations as young entrepreneurs to a panel of judges during the three-day exercise.

This year, the AI in Africa bootcamps took place in Mitchells Plain, Umlazi, Khayelitsha and Johannesburg.

From 5 to 7 December, the winning teams from previous bootcamps will compete, discover and showcase their tech innovations for the best AI in Africa prize.

According to a statement, the three-day finale event will kick off with two days of workshops and solution-building at Adapt IT in Midrand.

The bootcamp will culminate in a pitch day where the girl finalists will showcase their AI-based applications around the themes of cyber bullying, bias in AI and climate change, at Wework in Rosebank.

“With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, enabling youth with cutting-edge educational platforms has never been more urgent to equip them with the skills needed to take the leap into a digitally-driven future.”

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe will attend the AI in Africa bootcamp opening on 5 December and the finale showcase on 7 December.

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