Andela, a company that identifies high-potential software developers in Africa, shapes them into world-class developers, and pairs them with companies as full-time, distributed team members, has announced a partnership with IBM to recruit future data scientists in Africa.
Through the Big Data University, an IBM initiative that aims to train 1 million data scientists around the world in the next 10 years, Andela will help IBM tap into tech communities across Africa to recruit future data scientists on the continent.
Launched last year, Big Data University offers free courses about big data and databases. Each course is followed by a knowledge assessment, and if you pass it, you earn a certificate of achievement from IBM that you can show off at your next job interview.
The new Big Data University site and course management platform for African users was built in January by IBM together with two Andela developers. Two more Andela developers will join in this month.
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Today, businesses of all kinds are overloaded by massive amounts of data, and data scientists are essential to sift through the noise and uncover insights that power smart business decisions.
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