Data Science Nigeria Member, Zainab Ishaq Musa Wins 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition, to Compete for $1M Prize in Finals

Data Science Nigeria Member, Zainab Ishaq Musa Wins 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition, to Compete for $1M Prize in Finals

Zainab Ishaq Musa, a student of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has led her team to win the 2018 Hult Prize regional competition on the use of machine learning to solve energy challenges. This was first disclosed in a tweet by Data Science Nigeria (DSN)’s official handle on Twitter:

She will be competing in the Hult Prize Finals in the UK for a possible US$1,000,000 prize.

Zainab Ishaq Musa was one of the top ten participants offered full employment opportunities by KPMG Nigeria following their participation in the Data Science Nigeria Bootcamp hackathon held last year.

The participants were adjudged to be the top 10 performers in the “Data Science Nigeria Customer Segmentation Hackathon” which was supported and graded by KPMG Nigeria.

The Hults prize was created to challenge young people to solve the world’s toughest issues by empowering them to make money, do good and make life better for millions of people through the creation of good for-profit businesses.

Hult Prize, through its awards, has helped launch startups that actively solve UN SDGs through leveraging human capital, knowledge and the crowd. The focus is to serve the least fortunate, tackle humanity’s greatest challenge, pursue revenue and sustainability, use existing channels, create a market efficiency, and pursue the untapped market.

It claimed to have deployed over $50 million capital and mobilized more than one million young people.

About Data Science Nigeria

Data Science Nigeria is a non-profit initiative with a vision 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).

Recall that Data Science Nigeria officially unveiled its 2018 agenda in Lagos with stakeholders?  It included an Inter-School machine learning awareness/competition for students from Universities and Polytechnics across the country, 3rd Data Science Bootcamp and Hackathon, a quarterly Kaggle competition and many other interesting ideas.


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