Welcome!

Malawi Data Science Bootcamp 2021 is the first of its kind in Malawi: For a whole week, regional experts, young talents and international guests are meeting around the subject of Data Science.

In the lead-up to the Data Science Bootcamp, a week of tutorials in Python and Data Science takes place, the Python Week of Code.

When and where

Events will take place at Mzuzu University’s new Open Distance Learning facility in Lilongwe, Malawi. Accommodation will be offered in the nearby surroundings, making it a comfortable, fun and productive stay for everyone involved.

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Updates

📢 November 5th 2021 - A successful Bootcamp 📢

We wish to thank everyone involved in making this a successful and memorable event. The organizing team is gathering feedback from all participants and facilitators. You may find moments of the two weeks captured on our Twitter account and we hope that everyone involved will wish to continue to stay in touch on our social platforms - any reflections are also most welcome to be shared with us on info@mwdata.science

We will return with a report-back and a to share a vision for more Data Science and Python community events in Malawi.

📢 October 11th 2021 - Program taking shape 📢

We have started to add entries to the programs. Please see the two menu items above in the main menu 🆙

📢 October 9th 2021 - Updates from organizers 📢

We have had a number of small online meetings with facilitators, and a final program for the whole event is almost ready.

And just 9 days left now before Python Week of Code kicks off! We are very excited! If you are experienced with Python and interested in assisting us, please write info@mwdata.science.

📢 August 24th 2021 - Python Week of Code program 📢

The headlines of the program for the Python Week of Code have been decided and are announced further down and in our Call for Partipation. Everything is well underway. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

📢 July 30th 2021 - Registration (Week 1) for Python Week of Code OPEN 📢

We are happy to announce that the registration for Python Week of Code is open, following the conclusion of the registration for Week 2.

📢 June 30th 2021 - Registrations (Week 2) are closed 📢

In the coming weeks, we are sending out responses to everyone who have registered. We have received just over 100 registrations. Thanks to everyone for your support!

📢 June 11th 2021 - Adjustment in registration process 📢

Registration will close on June 30th. We have already received many requests, big thanks to everyone for this support. Once all requests are processed, we will send out invitations to apply for scholarship. We expect this to be around mid-July.

People who have already registered will receive a confirmation by email within the next week.

📢 May 10th 2021 - Today, registrations have opened 📢
📢 May 9th 2021 - Facilitators for Week 2 have been announced 📢

To stay updated, follow us on Twitter: @mwdatabootcamp

Facilitators

Speaker
Akuzike Banda

Akuzike Banda is an Assistant Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Malawi. Her area of expertise is Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Currently she is finalizing a Master of Science in Bioinformatics with Kamuzu University for Health Sciences (KUHES). Her research study …

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Speaker
Amelia Taylor

Amelia Taylor (PhD) is a lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) – former University of Malawi, The Polytechnic. She teaches Artificial Intelligence, Computational Intelligence and programming modules. In addition, she teaches and supervises MSc …

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Speaker
Jessica Upani

Jessica is a mathematician, coder and an educator. She is the lead of Python Namibia Society and a global Python community volunteer.

She is a PyLadies Global Council Executive currently co-leading the Resources Team and Community Liaison.

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Speaker
Maria Maistro

Maria Maistro studied initially Mathematics (BSc, University of Padua, 2011; MSc, University of Padua, 2014) and then Computer Science (PhD, University of Padua, 2018). She is a tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU). Prior to this, …

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Speaker
Michael Zimba

Michael Zimba studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BSc (distinction), University of Malawi, 2005); Information Theory, Coding and Cryptography (MSc (distinction), Mzuzu University, 2009); and Computer Science and Technology ( PhD (Doctor of Engineering), Hunan University, 2012). He is a …

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Speaker
Rachel Sibande

Rachel is Senior Director at the United Nations Foundation. She leads Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning for development projects and Digital Transformation work in Africa.

She established Malawi’s first technology and Innovation hub, mHub in 2014. The hub provides digital …

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Speaker
Richard J Munthali

Dr. Richard Munthali is a Statistician at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), Wits University and an independent data scientist/analyst consultant. He completed a PhD in Bioinformatics from University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. Dr Munthali’s PhD research focused on …

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Speaker
Ralph Tambala

Ralph Tambala is a Lecturer of Computer Science at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). He loves coding, appreciates art and enjoys a good read. His research interests include Data Science, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

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Speaker
Tiwonge Msulira Banda

Tiwonge Msulira Banda has over 14 years’ experience in ICT4D project management. He is responsible for projects and administration at UbuntuNet Alliance, the regional research and education network for Eastern and Southern Africa. He is an experienced machine learning developer, data analyst and …

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Speaker
Winnie Wezi Mkandawire

Winnie Wezi Mkandawire is an interdisciplinary research-oriented free-lancing early career Bioinformatician/Data Scientist; a recipient of young researcher’s membership award for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2020; and a member of women in Data Science and women in Machine …

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Speaker
Wiza Msuku

Wiza Msuku is data lake team lead at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, he is responsible for the Ministry of Health Central data repository for the HIV program and related programs throughout the data management life cycle of both structured and unstructured data.

He leads a team with a …

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Organizers and hosts

Speaker
Reuben Moyo

Reuben Moyo is a lecturer and Head of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department at Mzuzu University. He holds a Master’s degree (MEng) in Information and Communication Engineering which was obtained from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China. He also has a …

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Speaker
Stanley Ndebvu

Stanley Ndebvu is a Centre Manager of Youth Productivity, Innovation and Business Incubation Center at Mzuzu University. A computer scientist by professional and a Lecturer in ICT Department at Mzuzu University. He is the coordinator of projects in the ICT department and a coordinator of Technology …

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Program

Week 1: Python Week of Code

The Python Week of Code happens October 18-22 (Monday-Friday) and will be full days of tutorials, exercises and talks.

The purpose of the event is to provide participants with a basic Python knowledge with a special focus on Data Science. This is both a great way to be introduced to Python and Data Science in general and an opportunity to prepare if you have been accepted for Week 2’s Data Science Bootcamp (but that’s NOT a requirement).

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Week 2: Malawi Data Science Bootcamp

The following is a rough draft of the program. You can find more details about the contents in our Call for Participation.

When Theme
Day 1 Introduction to data science, data, data manipulation and visualization
Day 2+3 Statistical and machine learning for data science
Day 4 Big data analytics
Day 5 Responsible Data Science + group sessions

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Venue

The event takes place at Mzuzu University’s new Learning Center in Lilongwe. It has capacity both for workshops and lectures.

About the venue, see it on a map, accommodation options and transportation »

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Who are we?

We are a group of people from Mzuzu University, Copenhagen University and FAIR (Fair Allocation of Infotech Resources) and Python Namibia, joining hands to build a community around Data Science and Python in Malawi. We hope that the event will inspire and build long-lasting bonds and projects for the ones involved.

We can use your help

If you want to help us with Malawi Data Science Bootcamp, please send us an email to info@mwdata.science.

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