In Celebration of Human Rights Day later this month on 21st March, the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation will host an “AI in Mitchells Plain” bootcamp to unpack the possibilities of artificial intelligence with local youth.

The Foundation is partnering with Fliptin, Microsoft and Idea Collective for this initiative, with the event  hosted in Cape Town suburb from the 15th to 17th March.

“The Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation places the wellbeing of our nation’s youth at the heart of our work with the belief that  equipped learners with 21st century skills will help prepare South Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution and lay the fundamental building blocks to creating an inclusive society,” said trustee of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation, Gugu Motlanthe.

According to the Foundation, the bootcamp is aimed at girls-only aged between 15 to 18 years old, and from historically disadvantaged communities. This as the Foundation wants to better prospects in terms of female digital inclusion.

60 girls have been chosen from Beacon Hill High School, Lentegeur Secondary School, Portland High School, Oval North Secondary School and Westridge High School.

The learners will be exposed to a working environment of technologies including how to build computer chatbots, package their individual tech ideas and solutions, as well as pitch their innovations to a panel of judges.

“The Idea Collective’s core purpose is to improve the quality of people’s lives through proactive problem solving workshops and creation of appropriate solutions that take cognisance of social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. The passion and the creativity of the girls is manifested in the amazing results that emulate from this experience, as we have learnt from the previous workshop,” added Professor Des Laubscher.

The girls will be mentored by leading professionals and entrepreneurs from technology consultancy Fliptin and facilitated by Idea Collective. The first day of the workshop will focus on the Introduction to AI, second day will focus on building solutions and the final day will see the teams present their findings, followed by a prize giving.

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