Call for Participation

Registration 🎟️

The event registration is done separately and you may attend either or both weeks.

Overview 🧐

We invite students, scholars and professionals to participate in the First Malawi Data Science Bootcamp 2021 sponsored by ACM SIGKDD and hosted at Mzuzu University, Malawi.

The mission of the bootcamp is to provide a stimulating and safe environment, where a new community is created through new collaborations between participants and facilitators. The bootcamp aims at attracting and sustaining participants of diverse backgrounds in the field of data science and to support participants in their career.

The target audience are (not in order of priority): a) students in Computer Science, ICT, and related fields, from the bachelor, , master and PhD and Ph.D. programmes from Malawi and the SADC region b) professionals working in the field of Data Science and c) researchers and lecturers who wish to learn Data Science.

The bootcamp will offer lectures and labs on data science: the Python week will provide the students with the basic prerequisites on Python programming and the usage of libraries to process, visualize and analyse data; the data science week will focus on fundamentals of machine learning and neural networks. We invite lecturers from universities in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

Important Dates 🔥

When What
May 10, 2021 Registration Week 2 opens
July 15, 2021 Scholarship window closes
July 30, 2021 Registration closes
July 30, 2021 Registration Week 1 (Python Week of Code) opens
August 5, 2021 Scholarships announced
September 1, 2021 Registration Week 1 (Python Week of Code) closes
September 1, 2021 Payment deadline for accepted participants Week 2
October 18-22, 2021 Week 1: Python Week of Code
October 25-29, 2021 Week 2: Data Science Bootcamp

Program Week 1: Python Week of Code 📚

The first module in the event can be attended regardless of participation in Week 2. The event will introduce Python to anyone with a programming background, giving a special focus to Data Science.

The Python Week of Code is co-hosted by Python Namibia and supported by Django Denmark.

See the full program »

Program Week 2: Data Science Bootcamp 📚

The activity is a 5-day event. Each day targets 2 lectures and 2 lab sessions. Participants will therefore both learn theoretical and practical lessons.

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

Participation is rewarded with a certificate of participation. An option for academic credits for the Week 2 will be announced here.

Location 🌈

The 1-week bootcamp event is held at Mzuzu University’s facilities in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. Both weeks of the event are hosted by Mzuzu University (MZUNI), the second national university in Malawi by enactment, with a student population of almost 10,000 and a faculty size of 500 academics, both projected to double by 2030. ICT and Mathematical Sciences are among the key areas of MZUNI’s academic agenda. Data Science and Health Informatics are among the latest programmes to be added to MZUNI’s offers.