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February 27, 2020

The Africa Pavilion set to light up ITU’s AI for Good Global Summit

By Alexander Tsado, Advisor for Alliance4AI and Nick Bradshaw, Co-Founder of AI Expo Africa

It is becoming clearer to the world that we can only achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 if the innovative voices of those in Africa, who are most affected by the challenges, are involved.

This is a clarion call for the rise of Africa’s innovative voice for the fourth industrial revolution.

Africa and AI

Africa needs to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) now for two key reasons.

For Africa, AI represents access, efficiency and a potential antidote to unemployment and underdevelopment.

By 2030, it’ll be home to 46 per cent of the world’s youth. The continent’s rapid population growth means we have to think critically about the future of work.

Secondly, its annual infrastructure spend gap is US$100 billion. It can benefit immensely from lowering these costs with transformational technologies like AI.

For Africa, AI represents access, efficiency and a potential antidote to unemployment and underdevelopment.

To maximize the effectiveness of limited resources, every organization and government seeking to meet its population’s needs should consider the power of AI to render their efforts more likely to succeed.

For example, governments can distribute the limited fertilizers they purchase to the exact farmers that need them or distribute medical drugs to the right patient populations. Companies with small budgets can adequately market to the right customers, sell more, grow their business to finally be able to create jobs for Africans.

In addition, Africa is perhaps the continent with the greatest diversity of data and use cases to feed the design of AI solutions that can be applied in most parts of the world.

Alliance4ai, AI Media group, AI for Development and Data Science Nigeria are some of the key private organizations pooling together resources to galvanize interest and activate African luminaries solving problems with the technology.

So far, these organizations reached over 25,000 Africans in 2019.

AI for Good Global Summit 2020

For the first time, Africa’s artificial intelligence community will be represented at the AI for Good Global Summit. Here’s why this is exciting and momentous.

Alliance4ai and the AI Media Group are partnering to design the Africa Pavilion, showcasing globally relevant solutions built in Africa by Africa’s top innovators. The top highlights include:

  • Keynote addresses speaking to the importance of Africa’s Innovative voice that seek to drive inclusion in AI,
  • Talks on data center and supercomputer projects being developed in Africa to power world-class innovation,
  • Learnings and insights from top AI startups and AI training communities in Africa,
  • Demonstrations from top researchers addressing critical issues such as fight against Malaria, preserving African languages and culture and creating a template of innovation and collaboration for other low-resource languages to be represented.

For us, the future couldn’t be brighter.

We are heading to Geneva together to share our solutions, form partnerships and collaborate as we collectively match towards 2030’s development goals.

A successful and empowered Africa is one that is an exporter of knowledge and solutions to the world, and we will all be better for it.

To learn more about Alliance4ai’s upcoming projects, click here.

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The Africa Pavilion set to light up ITU’s AI for Good Global Summit

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