The South Hub continually identifies opportunities to expose students and professionals to data science. For example, the South Hub awarded five student’s registration fellowships through the SNAP-DS program, “Stimulating New Activities and Projects in Data Science,” to attend the Young CEOs Business Summit’s (YCBS) 2018 Annual Summit in Atlanta. The South Hub developed the SNAP-DS program to provide travel support, student stipends, or registration fellowships for students to attend data-related workshops, conferences, and projects, such as the Young CEO’s Business Summit, that expose students to data science and the ways data science can better societies and businesses.
With a passion for Africa, students attended networking sessions, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and a special presentation by former CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Xavier Rolet. Students quickly became aware of big data and ways big data can impact emerging markets in Africa. SNAP award recipient, Sylvester Obgonda, a Business Administration major at Georgia Tech and a native of Nigeria, stated the event was a “great learning experience to learn about data privacy, security, and big data adoption…in the midst of so many young CEOs.”
The students engaged with leaders and developers interested in promoting trade between Africa and the rest of the world learning how data science can assist emerging economies, businesses, and entrepreneurs. In conjunction with providing financial support for student registration fees, the South Hub’s Co-Executive Director Renata-Rawlings Goss spoke about data science implications for African CEOs, entrepreneurship, and the African community.
“The YCBS opened my mind to possibilities. I was inspired by what people are already doing and I just can’t help but try my best to be part of the ongoing transformations,” expressed Favour Ori, a computer science student at Oral Roberts University. Ori is also an emerging entrepreneur with organizations focused on exposing students to and identifying internship opportunities for students in data science.
Below are the students awarded a SNAP-DS fellowship to attend the #YCBS2018:
Sylvester Ogbonda is a Business Administration student at Georgia Tech:
Abdoulaye Gueye is a Business Administration student at Georgia Tech:
Favour Ori is a Computer Science student at Oral Roberts University:
Claudia Okonkwo is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech:
Olatide Omojaro is a Computer Science student at Georgia Tech: