Conference explores Data Science in greater depth, giving delegates a practical blueprint for success

Africa’s preeminent data science conference series is heading to one of the continent’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town, on 28 and 29 June.

Over two high-intensity days, Africa Data Forum connects business leaders with professionals in data science and analytics – diving into some of the continent’s greatest data-driven opportunities.

The event is crammed with high-profile speakers and panellists – including the likes of Transunion CEO Lee Naik, Steward Bank Director Dr Nancy Chadehumbe, and Barclays Africa Chief Data Officer Pieter Vorster, among dozens of others.

Africa Data Forum CEO, Shepherd Mzinyathi, says the event takes a highly practical approach to the topic of data science. The workshop-style breakaway sessions in the afternoons guide delegates on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of building data science capabilities in their organisations.

“We’ll be taking a realistic look at everything that’s required for success: from the strategies, to the skill-sets, the training, technologies, processes, and the cultural shifts that may be needed.”

“The goal is to unblock anything that’s stopping your company from truly harnessing the power of data,” he adds.

Across the continent, says Mzinyathi, there are opportunities for organisations in every sector to enhance the way they gather, analyse and use data. As we enter an increasingly-digital and data-driven era, developing strong digital science capabilities will be essential to remain competitive.

“It’s important for delegates to leave the event with more than just enthusiasm and greater awareness for data’s importance, but with practical blueprints to monetise their data and get real value from their efforts.”

The event also features a number of talks and sessions tailored to the public sector, exploring data’s role in improving African societies in general, and taking a detailed look at data privacy issues in this arena.

Delegates have the opportunity to share learnings with colleagues, to hear others’ stories of success or failure, and develop strategies to further the discipline of data science in Africa.

Held at The Westin, in the heart of Cape Town, Africa Data Forum offers uniquely local insights and conversations into the field of data science. To grab one of the few remaining slots, visit