Cape Town based start-up Zindi has registered 10,000 data-scientists on its platform that uses AI and machine learning to crowd-solve complex problems in Africa.
Founded in 2018, the early-stage venture allows companies, NGOs or government institutions to host online competitions around data-oriented challenges.
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Zindi opens the contests to the African data scientists on its site who can join a competition, submit solution sets, move up a leader board and win — for a cash prize pay-out.
The highest purse so far has been $12,000, according to Zindi co-founder Celina Lee. Competition hosts receive the results, which they can use to create new products or integrate into their existing systems and platforms.
It’s free for data scientists to create a profile on the site, but those who fund the competitions pay Zindi a fee, which is how the start-up generates revenue.
Zindi’s model has gained the attention of some notable corporate names in and outside of Africa. Those who have hosted competitions include Microsoft, IBM and Liquid Telecom. (