Although some Silicon Mountain startups like Njorku.com and #SiQueries use #Machine Learning to deliver services to their clients, Machine Learning has never been officially taught in Silicon Mountain schools.
On the 15th of October 2016, SiQueries in partnership with the P/L Meetups program will officially launch the first Machine Learning and Deep Machine Learning course in Silicon Mountain. This will be a 2 months course with 24 sessions open only to those who have previous experience in Python programming.
According to Wikipedia, Machine Learning is a subfield of computer science that evolved from the study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in artificial intelligence. In 1959, Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a “Field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed”.
The P/L Meetups is an initiative started by the Google Developers Group Buea, in partnership with Skademy and ActivSpaces Cameroon to foster the development of computer programming and digital product development skills in Silicon Mountain (Buea, South West Region Cameroon). Last year saw the first edition of the P/L Meetups with 5 programming languages thought in 8 sessions each summing to a total of 40 sessions.
This year, 2016, The P/L Meetups will see 10 different programs each having 24 sessions summing up to 240 sessions, one of which is the Machine Learning program.
As earlier said, some startups in the Silicon Mountain already use the principles of Machine Learning and Deep Machine Learning to build their products.
During the Silicon Mountain Conference of 2016 held at Chariot Hotel, Buea Cameroon, Churchill Mambe of #Njorku.com made a presentation on how Njorku uses Machine Learning to identify the best jobs to recommend to Njorku subscribers based on their interest with a high efficiency.
SiQueries, a Silicon Mountain startup founded by Ebot Tabi has built a powerful product based on Deep Machine Learning called SiQueries CloudBi which is a powerful yet simple drag-drop query interface with built-in tools for analytics, visualizations, and collaboration.
Both startups built their products from self-acquired skills which are normally not taught in schools in Cameroon. However, for their startups to grow, they need to recruit more of these skills. These skills are unavailable in Cameroon and Africa as a whole. This explains the reason why Silicon Mountain startups are investing their resources to training people on Machine Learning and Deep Machine Learning.
The sessions will be held at Njorku.com office and the training will be provided by the Ebot Tabi, the CEO of SiQueries.
Play with Python had earlier organized a training program on Python Web Development and Scientific Python. The P/L Meetups partners and SiQueries is inviting the students of Play with Python programs and other Python programmers in and around the Silicon Mountain to register for the P/L Meetups and select Machine Learning. https://#skademy.com/plmeetup2016/