CMU Africa Data Science Club Challenge #1: Computer Vision for Image Classification
A learning competition for CMU Data Science Club and AI Saturdays Kigali in Rwanda
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Computer VisionImageUnstructured
11 March 2019

This challenge was designed by Carnegie Mellon University Africa Data Science Club in Rwanda in partnership with AI Saturdays Kigali, specifically for the students of the Carnegie Mellon University and general AI saturdays Kigali community with a modified dataset from UCI machine Learning repository, which takes place between 16 February - 18 May. Welcome to the CMU students and AI Saturdays Kigali members!

CMU Africa Data science club has made this competition open to the Zindi community to learn and test their skills. Anyone is welcome to enter this 'knowledge' challenge.

Description of the challenge:

The instances were drawn randomly from a database of 7 outdoor images. The images were hand-segmented to create a classification for every pixel. Each instance is a 3x3 region. Your task is to predict if a 3x3 image region belongs to one of seven classes (window, foliage, brickface, sky, grass, path, cement).

About Carnegie Mellon University Africa (

CMU-Africa’s vision is to educate and empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators by delivering a world-class educational experience. Our mission is to produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make transformative impact in their communities and the world.

CMU-Africa was established in 2011 and is the only U.S. research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa. Born out of a partnership between CMU and the Government of Rwanda, CMU-Africa is addressing the critical shortage of high quality engineering talent required to accelerate development in Africa—home to the fastest growing workforce in the world.

CMU’s presence in Rwanda provides a platform to engage in Africa’s most significant opportunities and challenges through world-class education and contextually-relevant research.

About AI Saturdays Kigali (

AI Saturdays Kigali is part of the global AI saturdays community. We are a structured AI community study group in various cities around the world. In Kigali, we started out second cohort on 16 February with over a 120 students in attendance. Our mission is to eventually create an AI industry in Rwanda by making human resource available. We hold intermediate and beginners classes every saturday.