Japan supports Data Science Nigeria hub

Data Science Nigeria (DSN) – an Artificial Intelligence/Robotics hub based in University of Lagos – has received support from the embassy of Japan.

A delegation from the Japanese embassy visited the DSN hub to discuss possibilities of attracting the Japanese AI research community/industry giants to support Nigeria’s burgeoning Artificial Intelligence/Robotics sub-sector and also supporting bootcamps and learning events.

The delegation had Takashi Konno, Director, Technical Division, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Masa Sugano, Director Japan Trade Organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Head of Economic Section, Japanese Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria and Kei Kondo, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo, Japan.

Data Science Nigeria is a non-profit run and managed by the Data Scientists Network Foundation.

It seeks to  to accelerate Nigeria’s development through a solution-oriented application of machine learning in solving social/business problems and to galvanize data science knowledge revolution, which can position Nigeria to become the outsourcing hub for international Data Science/Advanced Analytics/Big Data projects, with opportunity to access at least 1% share of the global big data and analytics market, valued at $150b in 2017 ($203b in 2020).