Fireside chat with Billy Okal
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Fireside chat with Billy Okal

Fireside chat with Billy Okal

During this part of our fireside chat series, Billy Okal joins us to discuss how to handle issues arising when building real-world data-driven AI systems with a focus on how to deal with integration, data changes over time, taking in application-specific constraints.

Billy Okal is an engineer with expertise in robotics and machine learning. He currently leads the decision-making team at Voyage, developing autonomy for self-driving cars. He was previously at Apple Special Projects Group (SPG). He received bachelors in electrical engineering and computer Science and masters in computer science from Jacobs University in 2011 and 2013 respectively. During his PhD studies at the University of Freiburg, he developed algorithms for imparting high-level behavioural objectives on a robot's decision-making system as part of EU FP7's SPENCER project that developed a passenger guidance robot for airports. His current research interests include interactive and sequential learning, long-term autonomy, and applications in integrated systems. In the past, he visited and worked at various research labs including; the manipulation lab at CMU, Idiap Research Institute, TU Munich and the German research centre for AI (DFKI). He is actively involved in community programs including helping found the African robotics network, organizing and teaching at the Data science Africa (DSA) summer schools and organizing inaugural sessions on robotics and artificial intelligence at IEEE AFRICON 2011, 2013 conferences.

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Fireside chat with Sara Hooker
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Fireside chat with Sara Hooker

Fireside chat with Sara Hooker

This session will be an interactive discussion about the impact and current challenges of AI research. In addition, Sara will share an overview of her own journey to research, and advice for individuals or organizations that want to start applying machine learning to local problems. For more advanced attendees, the speaker will be available for questions and a more technical discussion following the main talk.

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International SBBC Summit 2018 (Social and Behavior Change Communication)
Apr
17
4:30 PM16:30

International SBBC Summit 2018 (Social and Behavior Change Communication)

2018 Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit

The 2018 International SBCC Summit is organized to better understand what works in shifting social norms, changing behaviors and in amplifying the voice of those who have most at stake in the success of development efforts. Held in Bali, Indonesia, the summit seeks to wrestle the profound issues of social justice and agenda setting that affect these decisions. Who decides, for example, what behaviors need changing or which norms should be shifted? How can people’s realities and voices be put at the center of such change? How much emphasis should be placed on shifting norms and behaviors when power structures, policy environments or lack of services may constitute problems that overwhelm the capacity of individuals or communities to act?

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Indaba X Kenya
Apr
7
8:00 AM08:00

Indaba X Kenya

Indaba X Kenya

We are proud to announce we are hosting and participating in 2018's Deep Learning conference. Created in South Africa, the Deep Learning Indaba has two principal aims: to increase African participation and contribution to the advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and address issues of diversity in these fields of science. 

An indaba is a Zulu word for a gathering or meeting. Such meetings are held throughout southern Africa, and serve several functions: to listen and share news of members of the community, to discuss common interests and issues facing the community, and to give advice and coach others.

Our very own Nikhil Ravichandar was the Keynote speaker. You can access his presentation here:

"The Machine Learning Roadmap for Kenya: Where We Are And Where We Are Heading"

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65th ECSA Health Ministers’ Conference
Mar
19
to Mar 21

65th ECSA Health Ministers’ Conference

  • Kilimanjaro Hyatt Regency Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mitigating the Impact of Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases

This event was hosted by the East, Central and Southern Africa (ESCA) Health Community in collaboration with the United Republic of Tanzania, through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC).

The 3-day Conference was organized under the theme: “Promoting Multi-sectoral Collaboration for Health through Sustainable Development Goals”. The meeting was attended by Ministers and Permanent Secretaries of Health from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, respectively. The conference was officially opened by the Right Honorable Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Kassim Majaliwa.

Our very own Salim Kombo was invited to present on "Mitigating the Impact of Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases" and the role that Behavioral Science can play in this regard. Salim's presentation focused on understanding the key concepts of the field, a few exercises on "thinking like a Behavioral Scientist" and sharing our experience in designing behavior-change campaigns around cholera in Nairobi.

View Salim's presentation here

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Women in Data Science: Code Labs
Mar
10
8:30 AM08:30

Women in Data Science: Code Labs

As part of their effort to promote women in science and particularly in data science, Stanford University have been organizing an international conference about Women in Data Science every year for International Women's Day. Featuring female-only speakers but open to all, the conference has reached a wide audience, not only through the main event held in Stanford, but also thanks to hundreds of satellite events globally.

This year, Busara was proud to host the WiDS Conference code-labs in Nairobi on 10th March, where the 100+ attendees could participate free training on beginner and intermediate level Python and R for Data Science.

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BREAK
Jul
14
to Jul 15

BREAK

  • Strathmore Business School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in partnership with ideas42 are excited to invite companies and organizations conducting business in developing markets to participate in the 2016 Behavioral Research for Emerging and Applied Knowledge conference.

Focus of the conference: This year’s conference will be structured around three core areas where there is a particularly strong demand and potential for applied behavioral science.

  1. From Analog to Digital
  2. Experimentation and A/B Testing for the Corporate World
  3. Behavioral Science in Regulatory Policy

Target audience: BREAK is targeted at a broad range of companies and organizations, both private and public, who operate in developing markets and are experienced or interested in applying behavioral sciences to their organizational challenges.

For more information, see here.

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SEEDEC
Jul
12
to Jul 13

SEEDEC

  • Strathmore Business School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This Symposium for Economic Experiments in Developing Countries is hosted by the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics and held at the Strathmore Business School.

The aim of the conference is to bring together the community of scholars who employ laboratory experimental economics methods for research in developing countries. Keynote speakers are Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley) and Muriel Niederle (Stanford). The conference consists of two days of plenary and parallel sessions.

Following SEEDEC 2016, also hosted by the Busara Center and located at Strathmore, will be a 1-day matchmaking conference on using experiments and behavioral economics in the public and private sector.

For more information, see here.

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