Data Science Network (DSN) has marked five years of its operation with commitment to train one million Airtificial Intelligence talents across Africa. DSN, which was initially known as Data Science Nigeria has metamorphosed into Data Science Network to reflect the global expansion of the organisation.
Highlighting the achievements of the organisation, in the last five years, DSN founder, Dr Bayo Adekanmbi said: In the past five years, DSN's work has won academic and social impact awards across the world and has been showcased as a best practice in delivering scalable learning, research, and social good solution development.
“The work of DSN has reached over 500,000 online and offline learners, coupled with high-impact research papers which have been showcased at the world's leading AI conferences. One of DSN's papers on the use of AI to address financial inclusion was the best poster at the 21st edition of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC' 20), the world's premier conference on the interface of economics and computer science, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery, New York, United States.”
He added that DSN has designed an inclusive learning model through its unique offline learning platform of over 20,000 AI learning videos containing publicly available content from top international universities- curated in external drive and distributed freely across Nigeria to address the challenge of poor internet. In addition, it published the first Artificial Intelligence book for kids in Africa, which is currently being distributed free through the train-the-teachers; program to support massive adoption of digital skills across African schools.
“As DSN marks its fifth anniversary, it is taking on a dual business model where it monetizes its research work for the sustainability of its non-profit efforts. Its new extension, DSN AI Innovation Limited, will operate in Nigeria and the United Kingdom and focus on advanced AI solutions development and deployment in the eras of Fintech, EdTech, and MedTech. DSN's consulting and training practice will also be driven through an expanded network of local and international partners and independent consultants, as the business welcomes expert partners to support its delivery in a shared value business construct,” he said.
In addition, DSN also unveiled its new logo to reflect its global positioning and expansion beyond Nigeria. The logo, which has the global map of the world and emphasizes the DSN short name identity, reflects the organization's ambition to deliver high-impact AI solutions across the world while also expanding its free training and research network across many countries beyond Nigeria.
“This is an important moment in our evolution. We are becoming a distributed talent company with a global impact. We are excited about the opportunity to translate some of our works into products that will add value while also supporting our sustainability. I am also excited about the opportunity to outsource our projects to multiple partners as we co-create value at scale".
The new partnership business models mean that DSN will work with more independent consultants and experts across the world on an on-demand basis while keeping a streamlined structure powered by the best of the best full-time staff (shareholders), investors, expert project consultants, interns, strategic partners/mentors, strategic delivery partner companies, and the largest AI learning/research community in Africa.