Senegal: Dakar Pitch Competition looking for the best talents in digital

Boubacar Diallo

After his choice by Google management to run its first artificial intelligence center in Africa, here is Moustapha Cissé (photo) back again in the tech news. This time, the Senegalese scientist has been designated by the fourth edition of the Quartz Africa Innovators as one of the thirty sons of the continent the “most ambitious and most imaginative”. The co-founder of the African Master in Artificial Intelligence at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kigali, Rwanda, convinced by his undisputed determination for the development and promotion of his field of activity. The man born in Senegal, before growing up, joined the Pierre and Marie Curie University in France where he will get his doctorate.


After having worked for Facebook’s artificial intelligence research section in Paris, Moustapha Cissé, who has also worked for Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal, is recruited by Google to head his first center. in artificial intelligence in Africa. Located in Accra, Ghana, the center in question should start its activities next November, if we believe Mr. Cissé with whom we spoke. The core of his work will be “how to design reliable and intelligent machines whose behaviors are aligned with the best values ​​of our societies and can help us meet the toughest challenges we face,” he said. told the Quartz Africa Innovators team.

Apart from him, we also find Malian Mamadou Gouro Sidibé, founder of the social network based on the voice, Lenali. The merit of this specialist in mathematics and computer science who studied in France and Russia is to have been able to develop a solution adapted to an illiterate population for the majority. This is how he used the voice as the main feature of the application that sends and receives messages in Bambara, Soninké and Wolof particularly. And on arrival, it is a real success for Mr. Sidibé and his team since Lenali, whose latest version allows to label notes and GPS coordinates, with a verbal installation guide, has been downloaded by more than 40,000 people.


Entrepreneurs from other fields are also included in the publication. Ghanaian performer and artist Jojo Abo “fused folklore, history and Afrofuturism to create a multidisciplinary platform rooted in Africa, but with a global perspective,” the public space consultant Nabila Alibhai from Kenya, founder of the Kenyan Cultural Laboratory, inCOMMONS, after having distinguished herself in several projects in Tanzania, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States. In total, it is thirty young Africans that the Quartz Africa Innovators 2018 held to pay tribute to these entrepreneurs who “think innovatively in all areas”.

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