TechInAfrica – The Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation in collaboration with Fliptin Venture Builder empowers youth through a series of initiatives called ‘AI in Africa’. The focus of initiatives is female high schoolers in South Africa. They will be exposed to technology to help them prepare for real-life competition in a digital-driven economy.
In South Africa, the initiative is under the name of AI in Khayelitsha and takes place in Cape Town from June 7 – 9, 2019. It gathers 60 girls from Chris Hani Secondary School, Harry Gwala Secondary School, Joe Slovo Secondary School, Siphamandla Secondary School, and Usasazo High School in Khayelitsha. The participants are around the age of 15 to 18 years old. They will take part in a three-day bootcamp which mainly focuses on how to use AI and how to design and create a high impact solution that can address social challenges in the communities.
These girls will learn about the concepts and ethics of digital technology and how to implement technology on a daily basis in order to create impactful solutions to their communities. They will also learn how to build chatbots, design their tech ideas and solutions, and finally, pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges.
AI in Africa will kick off in Johannesburg on June 13 – 15 to collaborate with Gauteng Provincial Government and African Women and Youth (WAY) Foundation at the 5th annual Gauteng Youth career, jobs, and entrepreneurship Expo in Nasrec. The Expo will feature exhibitions, discussions, and workshops. Youth participants will be provided with information and services on careers, jobs, and work exposure.
Participants will be guided by AI in Africa’s curriculum partners—The Idea Collective, The Brand Station, Kimard Studio, Microsoft, and Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT)—to create a fictional and advanced Super-citizen of the future. They will also learn about design thinking, storytelling, and film making, and how to take advantage of AI and Augmented Reality.
These series of events enable these youth participants to be mentored by professionals and entrepreneurs to demonstrate a series of workshops so that they can inspire the youth to show their potential.