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World of Difference: GTC to Spotlight AI Developers in Emerging Markets

06/04/2021

Startups don't just come from Silicon Valley - they hail from Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and beyond. And hundreds will take the stage at the GPU Technology Conference.

GTC, running April 12-16, will spotlight developers and startups advancing AI in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Registration is free, and provides access to 1,500+ talks, as well as dozens of hands-on training sessions, demos and networking events.

Several panels and talks will focus on supporting developer ecosystems in emerging markets and opening access for communities to solve pressing regional problems with AI.

NVIDIA Inception, an acceleration platform for AI and data science startups, will host an Emerging Markets Pavilion where attendees can catch on-demand lightning talks from startup founders in healthcare, retail, energy and financial services. And developers from around the world will have access to online training programs through the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute.

Beyond GTC, NVIDIA is exploring opportunities and pathways to reach data science and deep learning developers around the world. We're working with groups like the data science competition platform Zindi to sponsor AI hackathons in Africa - and so are our NVIDIA Inception members, like Instadeep, an AI startup with offices in Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya, England and France.

Programs like these, including the NVIDIA Developer Program, aim to support the next generation of developers, innovators and leaders with the resources to drive AI breakthroughs worldwide.

Focus on Emerging Developer Communities While AI developers and startup founders come from diverse backgrounds and places, not all receive equivalent support and opportunities. At GTC, speakers from NVIDIA, Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft will join nonprofit founders and startup CEOs to discuss how we can bolster developer ecosystems in emerging markets.

Session topics include:

AI in Africa: Enabling the Next 1M AI Developers: Speakers from NVIDIA Inception startup Instadeep, Zindi, the Alliance4ai platform and the nonprofit Data Science Africa discuss ways to invest in human capital and further community learning in non-traditional ways.

A New Africa and a New World: The State and Future of African Developer Ecosystems: Community leaders from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe talk about the barriers African developers face and the future of technology on the continent.

Unlocking the Power of AI in Latin America through Developer Communities: A conversation with developer advocates from AWS, Google and Zup Innovation - as well as the co-founder of the Latinx in AI Coalition - discuss Latin America's AI community.

How the Caribbean Can Lay the Groundwork Today to Empower AI Leadership of the Future: Leaders from the Caribbean AI community discuss the region's academic and industrial readiness, gaps and the unique challenges regional AI practitioners face.

Space and Earth Research Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Reps from NVIDIA, the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs and Abu Dhabi-based AI company G42 dive into space and Earth research opportunities in emerging markets.

Accelerating the AI Journey for Developing Nations: NVIDIA's head of worldwide AI initiatives joins public sector leaders from Egypt and Denmark to cover steps developing nations must take to harness AI to stay competitive in a global digital economy.

Startups Star in the NVIDIA Inception Pavilion The NVIDIA Inception program includes more than 7,500 AI and data science startups from around the world. More than 300 will present at GTC.

It all kicks off after NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's opening keynote on April 12, with a panel led by Jeff Herbst, our VP of business development and head of NVIDIA Inception.

The panel, AI Startups: NVIDIA Inception Insights and Trends from Around the World, will discuss efforts and challenges to nurture a broad cohort of young companies, including those from underserved and underrepresented markets. In addition to reps from NVIDIA, the panel will include Noga Tal, global director of partnerships at Microsoft for Startups; Maribel Lopez, co-founder of the Emerging Technology Research Council; and Badr Idrissi, CEO of Atlan Space, a Morocco-based NVIDIA Inception member.

Hosted by NVIDIA Inception, a virtual Emerging Markets Pavilion will feature global startups including:

BONANG.ai, a South Africa-based startup developing an auto insurance AI model that assesses risk based on data generated by individual driving behavior.

Mexico-based Bumblebee, an open-source web application to load, merge and explore tabular data 20x faster.

iBOTNOI Co., a Thai company creating a virtual AI nurse that can pre-assess up to 400 diseases and refer patients to the relevant hospital department.

Tunisia-based HISTORIAR, which is developing an augmented reality mobile app for cultural tourism.

Marvik, an Uruguayan computer vision startup developing deep learning applications for industries including retail and mining.

Zaka, a Lebanese startup developing a smart video analytics platform to run AI models on security footage.

Visit the GTC site to learn more and register.
LINK: https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2021/04/06/gtc-ai-developers-africa-lati...
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