Welcome to the live blog for UmojaHack Africa 2020, Africa's first and biggest virtual inter-university machine learning hackathon. Follow us here for live updates and more.
17:15 GMT - That's a wrap for UmojaHack Africa 2020. Keep an eye out in the coming days for some writeups, videos and pictures from the day. A huge thank you from Zindi HQ to everyone who made this possible - our sponsors, our partners, the Zindi team, and of course you, the participants! Good night!
17:00 GMT - we're thrilled to announce the winners of UmojaHack Africa 2020!
SAEON: rinnqd, HMF_Tunisia, Team_DeepDivers_Unilag
Xente: Statistically Significant, xand6r, m453h
Hotspots: GFrost, Lawrence_Moruye, Brainiac
16:30 GMT - Competitions are now closed. We will reveal the private leaderboard and winners in 15 minutes.
16:06 GMT - You have just less than 90 minutes to get those submissions in! Go go go!
14:02 GMT - Make sure to tune in to the live-stream at 14:30 GMT (in half an hour) to meet our sponsor Alliance4ai. https://twitter.com/ZindiAfrica/status/1241360884464857088
13:30 GMT - 3 hours to go until the competiton closes! No retreat, no surrender! https://twitter.com/BLufyagila/status/1241344274886610944
13:12 GMT - Read about #UmojaHackAfrica on ITNews Africa https://www.itnewsafrica.com/2020/03/zindi-africa-will-host-first-ever-virtual-inter-university-ai-hackathon/
12:00 GMT - Have a break and meet Xente and SAOEN now
11:59 GMT - We will be hearing from Xente and SAOEN over lunch. We will also be giving away spot prizes. Remember to check in on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5V7vWrvhVw
9:15 GMT - First competitors are on the leaderboards!
9:00 GMT - The challenges are now live!
8:30 GMT - Here is the technical orientation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ytSzkRZZ7o (this is currently live on our YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5V7vWrvhVw) Johno is online for questions.
We are live. Listen to Zindi CEO, Celina Lee, introduce the hackathon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5V7vWrvhVw.
Challenges are now open at https://zindi.africa/hackathons
YouTube live-stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5V7vWrvhVw
Contact your university rep to get the secret code and enroll in the challenges.
In order to make access to the data easier for all participants, we are providing various download links before the start of the competition. We recommend that all students download the data before the competition starts. The data is password protected, and we will share the password to all universities as well as on the livestream when the competition opens.
Folder codes will be shared on the day at 09:00 GMT on the WhatsApp groups
Please see this video for a simple introduction to how to use Zindi.
Note that on the day, participants and teams can take part in only one challenge. Participants will self-select into their preferred challenges on the day of the event.
All participants should register before the day, and make sure that they have listed their university as their organization to show on the leaderboard. To do this users should complete their profile info at https://zindi.africa/me and make sure to select the workplace or organization to show next to their username (see screenshot below) or read this blog.