My PhD journey has been great so far, apart from the sleepless nights (totally worth it though!). Last year I attended different events in USA, it was a great exposure, and I enjoyed both the scientific and the social programmes. I was looking forward to find new opportunities and travel elsewhere to learn new experience and extend my existing network. In June, 2018 I received an invitation to attend the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School which was held at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. The summer school was held from 6th to 17th August, 2018 with the aim on building competence in data analysis and security for participants from all disciplines and backgrounds from Sciences to Humanities. The level of engagement and interaction between participants and instructors in this summer school was outstanding, helpers were always there to provide technical assistance. I was exposed to useful Machine Learning techniques that I will apply in my ongoing study. The Executive Director of CODATA, Simon Hodson presented to us various opportunities such as CODATA journal and many others.
In June 2018, I attended a summer school and workshop which was organised by Data Science Africa with the aim of training participants in Machine Learning and Data Science methods and provide an avenue for researchers to present their work and demonstrate the application of these techniques to problems relevant to African context. The event was “Training of trainers” under the theme “end-to-end data science”, hosted at Didan Kimath University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya. The speakers and instructors were from Africa and across the globe. The summer school was a great success, with informative and interesting programmes. I enjoyed both in class and field works activities. I also had a chance to present my research progress, I was very delighted with the feedbacks and comments given by the audience.
The next summer school will be held in Abuja, Nigeria in November, 2018. I encourage others to apply for this wonderful opportunity.
During Mandela week at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), I had an opportunity to inspire young girls to pursue science, engineering, technology and innovation. The event aimed at encouraging exploration with technology, promote self-confidence and support aspiration to technical careers. The audience of the event was girls from different secondary schools at Arusha-Tanzania. The event explored various challenges that affect girl students to achieve their dreams and how to overcome those challenges.