Data Science and Emerging Economies: Students Attend #YCBS2018

Top Left: The South Hub SNAP award recipients with the Co-Executive Director, Renata-Rawlings Goss and an organizer of the Young CEOs Business Summit. Top Right: South Hub SNAP award recipients, Abdoulaye Gueye, Favour Ori, and Sylvester Ogbonda, pose with their awards during the Young CEOs Business Summit Awards Banquet. (R) The South Hub SNAP award recipients with the Co-Executive Director, Renata-Rawlings Goss, organizers of the Young CEOs Business Summit, and presenters.

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 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.

Students awarded a SNAP-DS fellowship to attend the #YCBS2018

Sylvester Ogbonda

Business Administration student at Georgia Tech
Abdoulaye Gueye
Business Administration student at Georgia Tech
Favour Ori
Computer Science student at Oral Roberts University
Claudia Okonkwo
Ph.D. candidate in  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech
Olatide Omojaro
Computer Science student at Georgia Tech


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