5 Amazing Facts About 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition Winner, Zainab Ishaq Musa

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

Recently, we reported that Zainab Ishaq Musa, a student of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has led her team to win the Hult Prize regional challenge 2018 competition on the use of machine learning to solve energy challenges.

She led the Ahmadu Bello University team (Team Egesta) to victory after a season of competitive pitches alongside 5 other teams. The regional winners will be invited to a Summer Accelerator at a castle in the UK.

In this post, we have put together 5 amazing facts about the team leader, Zainab Ishaq Musa that will interest you:

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Zainab Ishaq Musa was the only female of the top ten participants offered full employment opportunities by KPMG Nigeria following her participation in a challenge at the Data Science Nigeria Bootcamp hackathon held last year.

At the hackathon, participants were provided with data of twenty-three thousand (23,000) retail customers, from over twenty-nine (29) cities across Nigeria.5 Amazing Facts About 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition Winner, Zaynab Ishaq Musa-4

Their task was to understand the preferences, levels of satisfaction and expectation of these customers.  They were asked to identify five (5) to seven (7) distinct customer segments and develop a market targeting approach for a new dollar card product for them.

The KPMG Feedback to the submissions was noted for its superior conceptualisation, its reflection of an extra mile effort and the ability to leverage data to solve the life problems.

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Zainab spent about 15-16 hours in transit to attend the both Data Science Nigeria Bootcamps held in Lagos, Last year. She was among the participants that attended from locations outside Lagos such as Zaria, Kaduna, Uyo, Abuja, Ilorin, Ibadan, Abeokuta and Benin Republic.5 Amazing Facts About 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition Winner, Zaynab Ishaq Musa,-1

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Zainab is one of the only few people that have participated in 4 Data science Nigerian Kaggle competitions. She painstakingly went through the intensive demand of passing all the prequalification courses to the Bootcamp and was among the Top 5% in all ranking. Trust me, the process is rigorous. You can check the details here.

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Zainab is a postgraduate student. She was recognized at the 2nd Bootcamp and awarded with a special gift for her participation. She has an M.Sc.in Computer Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Post Graduate Diploma from Bayero University, Kano and degrees from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and Zamani College, Kaduna. She also won a merit award during her NYSC.

5 Amazing Facts About 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition Winner, Zaynab Ishaq Musa

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Zainab has built data and predictive models using taxpayers’ information. Her broad experience in data analytics and visualisation includes R, Python, Tableau, GraphLab, Alteryx, Elbow Curve, PCA etc.

Here is what she wrote in her appreciation message:

“I feel great receiving all the congratulatory messages…thank you DSN team for all the inspiration, support, team spirit and love. Wouldn’t ve achieved this feat alone. Mr Bayo Adekanmbi has been a pillar of strength to all of us, we will be forever grateful. To our mentors including him, we’ll keep following ur footsteps and guidance to achieve more and attain greater heights…Merci merci much🙏🏾🙏🏾 love😘”.

She is such a great soul.5 Amazing Facts About 2018 Hult Prize Regional Competition Winner, Zaynab Ishaq Musa

About The Hults Prize

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.

The competition will include at least 10 student teams across campus, with the winning team advancing directly to one of the fifteen regional finals, bypassing over fifty thousand applications from the general pool.

One winning team from each host city will then advance to an all-expense paid summer business accelerator program at the Ashridge Castle London for eight weeks, where they will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.

The Hult Prize has received the partnership of the Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations to create a more prosperous world. The competition is referred to as the Nobel Prize for students and President Bill Clinton calls it one of the top five ideas changing the world.

 


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