Empowering African Voices in
AI - Data, Models, and Innovation

The workshop is structured to explore both the human-centric and technical aspects of AI, particularly in under-resourced communities within the Global South. It will delve into critical considerations such as data generation, annotation, legal frameworks, and sharing protocols, emphasising culturally contextual datasets and the governance frameworks that support them. Furthermore, the workshop will address sharing AI models and datasets through various licensing frameworks, emphasizing ethical data collection, community engagement, and the management of AI innovations in a manner that respects local cultures and languages.

Workshop Agenda

Time Agenda
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee: Participants arrive and register and network
09:00 AM - 09:15 AM Opening Remarks: Brief introduction by the organizing committee, overview of the workshop’s goals, and what participants can expect throughout the day
09:15 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Address: "AI by Africa, for Africa: Ethical Foundations and Strategic Directions"
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Invited Talk: "Data Practices for AI Development: Building Sustainable Models"
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Hands-on Activity: Data Building Session Part 1 - Creating Culturally Contextual AI Datasets
12:30 PM – 01:30 PM Lunch
01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Tutorial: "Navigating Licensing for AI Innovation in Africa”
02:45 PM - 03:45 PM Panel Discussion: "Ethical AI: Balancing Innovation and Data Rights in Africa"
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM Hands-on Activity: Data Building Session Part 2 - Enhancing Dataset with Multilingual Data
05:15 PM - 05:45 PM Final Remarks and Wrap-Up

Organizing Committee