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**** Call for Participation - Malawi Python Week of Code ****

Important Dates 🔥
* Registration Opens: July 29, 2021
* Registration Closes: September 1, 2021
* Python Week of Code: October 18-22 2021
* Malawi Data Science Bootcamp: October 25-29 2021

Registration 🎟️
The event registration is done separately and you may attend either or both weeks.
* Week 1: Python Week of Code
* Week 2: Data Science Bootcamp

Overview 🧐
We invite students, scholars and professionals to participate in the First Malawi Python Week of Code 2021, hosted at Mzuzu University, Malawi.

The mission of the event is to provide a stimulating and safe environment, where a new community is created through new collaborations between participants and facilitators. The week of code aims at attracting and sustaining participants of diverse backgrounds in the field of data science and to support participants in their career.

The target audience is (not in order of priority): a) students in Computer Science, ICT, and related fields, from the bachelor, master and PhD and Ph.D. programmes from Malawi and the SADC region b) professionals using python and c) researchers and lecturers who wish to learn about python.

The event will offer lectures and labs on data science: the Python week will provide the students with the basic prerequisites on Python programming and the usage of libraries to process, visualize and analyse data; the data science week will focus on the fundamentals of machine learning and neural networks. We invite lecturers from universities in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

Program Week 1: Python Week of Code 📚
The first module in the event can be attended regardless of participation in Week 2.

The Python Week of Code will be full days of tutorials, exercises and talks. The purpose of the event is to provide participants with basic Python knowledge with a special focus on Data Science. This is both a great way to be introduced to Python and Data Science in general and an opportunity to prepare if you have been accepted for Week 2’s Data Science Bootcamp (but that’s NOT a requirement).

The Python Week of Code is co-hosted by Python Namibia and supported by Django Denmark.

The program is yet to be announced.

Program Week 2: Data Science Bootcamp 📚
The activity is a 5-day event. Each day targets 2 lectures and 2 lab sessions. Participants will therefore both learn theoretical and practical lessons.

Day 1: Introduction to data science, data, data manipulation and visualization
Day 2+3: Statistical and Machine Learning for Data science
Day 4: Big Data Analytics
Day 5: Responsible Data Science and Applications

Participation is rewarded with a certificate of participation. An option for academic credits for Week 2 will be announced here.

Location 🌈
The event is held at Mzuzu University’s facilities in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city.
Both weeks of the event are hosted by Mzuzu University (MZUNI), the second national university in Malawi by enactment, with a student population of almost 10,000 and a faculty size of 500 academics, both projected to double by 2030. ICT and Mathematical Sciences are among the key areas of MZUNI’s academic agenda. Data Science and Health Informatics are among the latest programmes to be added to MZUNI’s offers.

Organization
* Reuben Moyo, Mzuzu University, Malawi
* Stanley Ndebvu, Mzuzu University, Malawi
* Michael Zimba, Mzuzu University, Malawi
* Jessica Upani, PyNam, Namibia
* Maria Maistro, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
* Benjamin Balder Bach, FAIR Danmark, Denmark
* Martin Dybdal, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Contact

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www.mwdata.science
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Maria Maistro, PhD
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark


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