AI Expo Africa 2019 Welcomes Women in AI SA as newest community partner

Women in AI (WAI) is a non-profit working towards gender-inclusive AI that benefits global society.  Our mission is to increase female representation and participation in AI.  We are a community-driven initiative bringing empowerment, knowledge and active collaboration via education, research, events, and blogging.  Across the globe our rapidly expanding community has over 2,000 members in 90 countries.

Formal initiatives as part of WAI to support the journey for this new wave are :

Wai2GO – Our educational program for tech and non tech profiles.

We accompany, mentor, and train women in AI. Start from a young age, get introduced to AI, specialize in AI, work in AI, create AI initiative, and become a role model in AI.

Partnering with schools and companies.

WaiCAMP – Introduction to AI through hands-on projects

  • Target : 4-18 yo , • Career orientation , • Self-Confidence , • Soft Skills

WaiOPENDOOR – University and company field trips.

  • Connecting students and companies
  • Get in touch with real-world AI experts

WaiMASTERCLASS – For Adults (18+)

  • Training workshops
  • On-Demand

WaiSummit – The annual gathering of WAI Community to share, meet, learn and create together.

It is the best opportunity that the whole community from all around the world can get together and exchange ideas through keynotes, panels, workshops and networking.

Lisel Engelbrecht took up the challenge as the first Ambassador for WAI – South Africa in June 2019 and since inception the membership grew to over 150 members.

There was much anticipation and excitement for the WaiTALK in Johannesburg, the inaugural event for the South African chapter, on the 6th August 2019 – Fraud Detection in Financial Services at the Altron BSI offices, tickets sold-out quickly.

To begin the night, attendees from a mix of backgrounds, industries and career stages networked over drinks, nibbles and a passion for AI as well as a hunger to drive and support the initiative to close the gender gap.

The event would not have been possible without our speakers Kristel Sampson, Donalda Pretorius, Natalie Raphi(Robots can Think), Samantha Ngindi(Department of e-Government) and sponsor. Altron BSI represented by Hina Patel.

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About AI Expo Africa 2019

Curated by AI Media Africa, AI Expo Africa 2019 is focusing on real world applications & trends driving the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Data Science Economy in Africa.  AI Expo Africa is the largest Business focused AI Community conference and expo on the continent.  With 700+ delegates, 60+ speaker programme, 40+ exhibitor Expo Hall, allied to the unique Innovation Cafe showcasing the latest AI start-ups in the region, we deliver a truly integrated event experience.  Our speaking programme and workshops are aimed at CxOs, analysts and investors with the primary goal of educating business leaders about AI & Data Science applications solving Enterprise challenges TODAY as well as generating real business and learning opportunities for sponsors, speakers, buyers, suppliers & innovators alike.  We also have FREE student / young engineer workshops to foster grass roots job creation & skills development opportunities.  If you would like to join the event as a delegate or would like take up one of the exhibition, Innovation Cafe or speaking opportunities simply visit click on the links below. Learn more at

  • Register – Buy your ticket today via our secure ticket platform Quicket
  • Sponsor – Secure pride of place in the Expo Hall / Innovation Cafe
  • Speak – Submit a paper and join the prestigious speaking programme

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