Adeola Balogun, 400L OAU Student, Wins Data Science Nigeria Hackathon

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An Obafemi Awolowo University 400-level Computer Science undergraduate, Adeola Balogun, out of 150 participants, has won the Data Science Nigeria (DSN) Bootcamp hackathon.

Adeola Balogun began programming in Python during her 200-level classes. She is passionate about encouraging ladies interested in programming in Python, and she complements her academic studies by working as an intern with the Elo Umeh-led Terragon Group. She is also an advocate for the Women Techmakers movement, and a Google Ambassador on campus.

The other top four participants in the competition are Chibueze Oguejiofor, Onimisi Esho, Sarah Adeola, and Aminu Onimisi Abdulsalami.

 

According to a report, the Bootcamp exposed the participants to intense training that is qualified as eye-opening, skill sharpening, and that provides a full immersion into the realities of the field.  Learning from industry experts via live, hands-on, tutoring and other e-learning options, the participants were taught how to use Data Science to solve real-world problems.

Trainers at the event include Mr Ladi Aduni, the Associate Director, Technology Advisory KPMG who led a hackathon which provided an opportunity for the participants to intern or get a job at KPMG. Mr Ngozi Dozie of OneFi also taught them how to build industry-ready algorithms.

Data Science might be the next big thing, as revealed in the words of Mr Bayo Adekanmbi, the Bootcamp convener and MTN’s Executive, during his welcome address; “We must focus on world-class capacity building in a consistent and rigorous manner if we truly want to build high-impact analytics products that can accelerate our national development and position Nigeria to become the data science hub for the continent, with the potential to access as much as 10% of the global data analytics outsourcing market, which is expected to garner $5.9 billion by 2020”.

Rated the number one career in the USA Today, according to Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in America list for both 2016 and 2017, Data Science may just be another option Nigeria needs to take focus off Oil as the major income source of the country, and this bootcamp is a move in the right direction.

 

Coming top of the participants who went through qualification exams and other competitions to qualify for the bootcamp, Adeola is an insight into what the future can offer if more women got involved in technology.

Congratulations and well done Adeola!


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