Earlier this year Cape Town-based startup Zindi was reported building a database for data scientists across the African continent. Thus far, the startup has registered over 18000 users on its platform that rely on AI and machine learning in an effort to tackle the continent’s complex problems while offering cash prices for solutions that curb Covid-19.
Zindi operates an open challenge aiming to curb the spread of COVID-19 while introducing a new hackathon back in April. At the AI Expo Africa Zindi unveiled a new recruitment app targeting African data scientists. The new platform will match organizations and companies with the right talent.
During the launch, Celina Lee the CEO of Zindi released a statement, “Zindi has the largest community of data scientists in Africa, which makes us uniquely positioned to help organizations find the talent they are looking for. “
Zindi was founded in 2018, as a tech platform that receives funding from private investors for its data science competition. The founders are Ekow Duker, Celina Lee, and Megan Yates. The recruitment platform strives to bridge the gap between organizations and recruitment platforms.
Zindi reveals that over 55% of their users are looking for the next professional opportunity. They further revealed that 50% of users are looking to form startups in Machine Learning and AI. The platform’s users have a concentrated skillset on languages and data science with over 75% possessing a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification. Despite most users being newbies to the field of data science, over half of those who have registered boast over a year’s worth experience.
In a statement, the CEO of AI Media Group, Nick Bradshaw revealed, “Zindi’s recruitment platform addresses the shortage of experienced data science talent faced by many organisations operating on the continent.“