Uber through its Uber Movement website will work with Zindi to develop and host online machine learning challenges that source and promote the best data science solutions to Africa’s most pressing problems such as congestion.
Uber movement is a website that helps urban planners, city leaders, third parties and the public better understand the transportation needs of their cities.
“We’re committed to finding smarter ways to move around our cities. Because of this, we launched Uber Movement, a website to help urban planners, city leaders, third-parties and the public better understand the transportation needs of their cities,” read Uber’s blog post.
To promote the Uber Movement tool, Uber has sponsored Zindi’s inaugural data science competitions which was officially launched at the AI Expo in Cape Town on 10 September 2018.
The competition which will run from 10 September to 13 January 2019, challenges data scientists to predict demand for public transportation routes by extracting and creating their own data sets using the Uber Movement tool, which was rolled out in Kenya earlier this year.
In addition, a cash prize will be up for grabs for the contestant that makes the best use of the Movement data!
Technology is increasingly at the core of how people move around their cities and needs to be harnessed to create sustainable options to drive transportation systems around the world.
As cities across Sub-Saharan Africa and the globe make the move towards enabling smart cities, technology will play a critical role in improving urban mobility!
This new partnership also comes a month after Uber launched UberPOA in Mombasa to help the locals and tourists to connect through convenient and affordable tuktuk rides. Uber is an alumnae of Nairobi Garage and over the five years of operation in Africa, the company has been able to tap into over 36 000 economic opportunities.
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