eMobilis hosts the inaugural Ajira Artificial Intelligence Worker Summit in Nairobi – KBC

Ken Mwenda, MD and co-founder of eMobils addressing AI professionals.

In an era where technological advancement is dominating, the merging of human intelligence and artificial intelligence has become a driving force behind innovation.

To foster collaboration, knowledge sharing and networking within the rapidly growing community of AI professionals, eMobilis, one of the partners of the Ajira Digital program, organized the first meeting of artificial intelligence workers under the theme AIforAll in Nairobi to share the experiences of them within the concert and digital economy.

The convergence of over 60 young AI enthusiasts, researchers, developers and industry experts provided a platform for AI enthusiasts to connect, share ideas and best practices on the role of AI in digital skill development of readiness for work, strengthening job opportunities in the digital economy ecosystem, using public-private partnerships as catalysts for promoting the development of independent professionals in the economy, staying abreast of the latest trends and advances in this field.

Kenya so far has 2,500 Artificial Intelligence professionals including machine learning and data science practitioners among others according to AI Kenya.

Although there are legitimate concerns about rapidly advancing technology, there are also many examples of artificial intelligence that prove it is shaping the future for the better.

AI will revolutionize work, it won’t necessarily eliminate jobs, but it may fill them. AI has the potential to bring many positive changes to society, including increased productivity, improved healthcare and increased access to education. The eMobilis and Ajira Digital fraternity is rooted in supporting communities of online workers given the many benefits young people can gain including mental health support, networking and referrals, multiple resources, industry updates, advocacy among others others. For example, as young people and AI enthusiasts, you should harness the power of a community to guide what necessary bills should be passed to support this ecosystem. Again, a community allows you to develop products and become a talent pipeline and source for foreign companies looking for great talent, as indeed, there is an eminent war for talent in this space. Ken Mwenda, Co-Founder and Managing Director of eMobilis Technology Training Institute said.

Did you know that Sama (formerly known as samasource), a company that was involved in the moderation of GPT Open AI Chat is based in Kenya? This means that Kenyan youth have the right skills, energy and attitudes to participate in the development of such innovations on a global scale. The government through the Ajira Digital program is keen to promote AI in the country which ultimately drives productivity across the whole gig and digital economy. In 2023 alone, Ajira Digital has trained and mentored over 300 AI professionals to take advantage of digital and digital job opportunities, and the good thing is that the Ajira Digital curriculum has included input from industry experts that allows young people to gain practice. job readiness skills to participate in digital and digital job opportunities,” he added.

Joan Mbesya, the co-founder and CEO, Tech Mindset AI Africa said that AI is leading everyone to where they will encounter AI in one way or another. She urged the youth not to drop what they are studying but to study AI in their domain.

My vision is to be the person who inspires AI in Africa. I understand AI from the perspective of each profession. In the next five years if you are looking for work and you don’t have AI, you will be replaced by AI. From your domain, do not leave what you are studying. What I would encourage you to do is study the application of AI within your area of ​​expertise because the organizations you will be working for will not survive without integrating AI. At TechMindset we have educated over 2000 people in Africa on AI and machine learning, in six different countries and incubated fifteen projects. said Mbesya.

“KEPSA has connected over 100,000 young people with digital and digital jobs. The subject of AI is of interest to me and also to KEPSA because the labor market is changing and every day we have to adapt to the new changes in the labor market”, said Alice Kimani, Head of Private Sector Engagement – Ajira Digital and Youth Employment. .

In addition to the Ajira digital program, KEPSA is also implementing other programs such as digital skills and employment advancement in partnership with Microsoft and is looking to train businesses on topics such as AI, cloud computing, cyber security, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Skills aim to bridge the gap between what is taught in the classroom and what is needed in industry. The other program is the Twende digital program in partnership with Talent Firm Youth Employment. We want to create more than 3,000 jobs for young people through the use of small and medium entry prices. So, if you don’t want to find a job, but you want to start your own business, we can help you develop your enterprise. My appeal to the youth is to invest in new skills as skills are changing every day, and also be informed about what is happening in the job market. she added.

Abdiaziz Ibrahim, an AI professional working on a project called KITRO that uses AI to address the challenge of food wastage said the aim of the project was to collect data using KITRO to identify amounts of food wastage, in addition to providing business intelligence on how to curb food waste.

KITRO helps collect data of digested food, we tag and segment the data to sample the arrangement, then send the information to the AI ​​machine and then validate the information. This data helps restaurants and hotels know how much food to prepare to avoid wastage. Since starting this project, we have managed to save 5,950 meals, leading to a 45 percent reduction in avoidable food waste.

Ajira Digital Artificial Intelligence Worker Meetup has an official LinkedIn page open to anyone interested in AI, from experienced professionals to students and enthusiasts for networking and future collaborations.

The AJIRA Digital Program is a government initiative launched and led by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Digital Economy, whose mission is to enable over 1 million young Kenyans to earn a good wage through digitally enabled jobs digital every year, in concerts and freelance work. economy through the development of digital skills and labor demand linkages.

The program aims to position Kenya as a job destination of choice and a business process outsourcing hub for multinational companies, as well as encourage local companies and the Public Sector to create Digital Jobs.

In addition, the program has strategic support from the Mastercard Foundation, and is being implemented by various partners including KEPSA and eMobilis.



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