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Making Data Science tick! Join us (Cate, Anthony and Victor + a guest) as we talk, rant and joke about BIG & wild ideas that are driven by the 'Almighty Data'. We hold ourselves to no limit here, so we share stories and strong opinions about great Data-driven projects happening in Africa, what we are missing and should have had yesterday but most important, always leave you inspired and challenged to dream Big and act on your ideas so we can all better society😎.

Latest Episodes

Ssn2 Episode 1: Effective and viable Data engineering with Batatunde Ekemode from Africa's Talking

Data engineering has recently stood out as a differentiating factor for effective and commercially viable Data science practice in companies gearing up for scale. Data engineering is without a doubt the most important cog that keeps the data science wheel moving. Yet, being practical and effective in this sub-field of data science remains quite demanding owing to the steep learning curve it is associated with and it's associated expenses. That is why is this episode, an analytics lead and accomplished data engineer Babatunde Ekemode, Cate Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo, and Victor Mochengo sat down and touched on: 1) Quick roundup of Deep Learning Indaba 2) What does a data engineer really do & how does s/he add commercial value to a business? 3) Differentiating a data engineer, data analyst and data scientist and the case of data ninjas who can do it all! 4) In what order to recruit data professionals? Data engineer, analyst or scientist who comes first? Do software engineers make better transitions to data engineering? 5) How to monetize data skills and establish a clear Return On Investment case for data & data engineering 6) Knowledge stack that makes a good data engineer 7) What's a data engineer's work toolkit and process flow like? Deliberately setting up quality data processes in line with domain expertise 8) Setting up cost effective data architectures and choosing the right tools 9) Challenges in data engineering and how to mitigate them 10) How is data engineering shaping up over the next 5 years

69 MINSEP 27
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Ssn2 Episode 1: Effective and viable Data engineering with Batatunde Ekemode from Africa's Talking

Episode 7: Using AI to scale up Fintech with Andrew Mutua from PesaKit

M-Pesa as a product is now 12 years old. If it were a child, it would be a preteen eager to dare the world, be rebellious and make its presence known everywhere. M-Pesa has put Kenya on the global map among fintech pioneers. But there is a lot more going on in the fintech space in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, in Kenya fintech that has scaled, to large extent is synonymous with mobile money and more so M-Pesa and its ever-growing ecosystem. In this episode, the team (Cate, Anthony and Victor) sit down with Andrew Mutua from PesaKit ( http://pesakit.co.ke/, twitter: @PesaKit_AI ) to have a discussion on how they are using AI to scale up fintech products for mobile money agents and the last mile of financial distribution. We get to talk about: 1) The evolution of Fintech in Kenya 2) PesaKit's last-mile agent network platform and how they are providing Digital and Human Interactions to accelerate financial inclusion and how to make agents efficient and profitable. 3) Practical and...

61 MINJUN 18
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Episode 7: Using AI to scale up Fintech with Andrew Mutua from PesaKit

Episode 6: Building Data Science Capacity in Kenya with Shelmith Kariuki & Victor Mutua

An article in the Harvard Business Review in 2012 declared 'Data scientist' as the sexiest job of the 21st century. Shortly after, a lot of) to have a discussion on scaling and building data science capacity in Kenya. ,instinctively as the right career choice based on interest or out of fanatical pursuits from the media focus on data science. It's alright, we are all sailing in this ship and it's going somewhere, may be to the data Valhalla! In this episode, the team (Cate, Anthony and Victor) sit down with Victor Mutua & Shelmith Kariuki from Zukademy ( http://www.zukademy.com/) to have a discussion on scaling and building data science capacity in Kenya. We get to talk about: 1) The current state of Data science in Kenya and the general level of skill in the Kenyan scene 2) The level of awareness by capital mobilizers i.e. company executives and shareholders on data science and its importance. Is there a clear and expected ROI on data science? 3) Managing expectations during this "...

38 MINMAY 20
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Episode 6: Building Data Science Capacity in Kenya with Shelmith Kariuki & Victor Mutua

Episode 5: How Data Science is shaping the future of Human Resource (HR) with Jessica Colaco & Daniele Orner

Almost any job you apply to today is done digitally. Some companies still fancy direct emails but a growing number are automating their HR services to deal with repetitive processes. But is this an ideal solution, does it favour only excellent communicators and is there potential for bias from pooling applicants in to different buckets even before having a look at their CV? What does the future look like in how HR services will be organised in the age of deepening data analytics? In this episode, the team (Cate, Anthony and Victor) sit down with Jessica Colaco & Daniele Orner from Brave Venture Labs (https://brave.careers/) to have a discussion on how the evolution of analytics is shaping HR services to build a company that takes care of all stakeholders. We get to talk about: 1) Broadly understanding how HR services are set up in Kenya and East Africa relative to Europe 2) Does the HR system as set up only favour employers and how can we improve the employer-talent relationship? 3)...

50 MINFEB 14
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Episode 5: How Data Science is shaping the future of Human Resource (HR) with Jessica Colaco & Daniele Orner

Episode 4: Autonomous/Driverless cars in Kenya! (with Wilfred Githuka)

Will self-driving cars beat our bodaboda (motorcycle taxis) and matatu (van taxis) madness? Whether you call them autonomous, driverless or self-driving cars, they are the new face of mobility disruption. And there are Kenyans, Wilfred Githuka among them who want to be counted among contributors to this change. In this episode (Cate, Anthony, Wilfred Githuka and I) we touch on: 1) Knowing Wilfred Githuka and understanding his curiosity around destroying things so he can fix them! 2) His China motivation from living there and how patriotism builds markets 3) A car is a moving computer. But how well does Kenya's motor vehicle industry understand this? Also, cars have slowly evolved towards autonomy we just haven't realized it 4) The justification for self-driving cars in Africa and how it will unravel. Hint: It's already started in warehouses. 5) How does an autonomous vehicle think, work and function. 6) The ethics of autonomous vehicles. The legal and economic conundrum behind AI & ...

67 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Episode 4: Autonomous/Driverless cars in Kenya! (with Wilfred Githuka)

Episode 3: Digital Marketing at Google (with Clinton Obura)

Episode 3 with Catherine Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo, Clinton Obura & Victor Mochengo is out! One of the main reasons we do this podcast is to challenge African enterprises to think BIG on how they could scale their operations and markets. In this episode we talk about BIG ideas that are being implemented TODAY and also touch on: 1) How difficult it is to sell #dataproducts especially because their value is not readily understood 2) From Kabarak University to Google EU hq! Dealing with impostor syndrome & seeing the future way ahead 3) The purity in #customerintent driven by data products 4) How local companies view #datadriven #technology 5) Why #Marketing heads need to broaden their perspective #digitalmarketing & how to extract value from it 6) Consumers are going #digital fast but the money not so fast, what consumer patterns are shaping up and what a digital #ROI looks like. 7) The privacy conundrum! #GDPR is not a Kenyan (or African) policy but will it influence what will govern u...

59 MIN2018 NOV 30
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Episode 3: Digital Marketing at Google (with Clinton Obura)

Episode 2: Developing Data Products at Safaricom(with Nicholas Loki)

Second episode of the Dependent Variable podcast is out️. We had an amazing chat with Nicholas Loki, Senior Software Engineer & Data Scientist at Safaricom PLC about the early days of #DataScience in corporate Kenya. In this episode Catherine Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo, Nicholas Loki & Victor Mochengo: 1) Define #bigdata and why #Safaricom is a #bigdata company. 2) How is #Safaricom using Data Science today; from research to building products to customer results. 3) How Loki evolved from being in the 1st IT class at JKUAT! to software engineering and now Data science. 4) How Kenya's tech scene has evolved from the 1990s. 5) Mind over matter; never giving up. Loki did IT but got his first tech job 8 years after graduating. 6) Will your 'Data Science guy' replace your 'IT guy'? 7) What is hashtag#Bonga? What is #DeepMpesaIntegration? Why #Bonga is important. 8) Can launching a product be a Data Science problem? Truly adopting a #datadriven approach. 9) Short code #SmsSpamming & what #Sa...

66 MIN2018 NOV 30
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Episode 2: Developing Data Products at Safaricom(with Nicholas Loki)

Pilot: A warm Introduction to the Dependent Variable Podcast

Catherine Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo & Victor Mochengo sat down for a casual conversation on what practical Data Science looks like in Kenya. This episode is for anyone interested in Data Science, works with data or is concerned with using Data as capital. Top 10 things we cover: 1) The buzzwords and jargons! Differentiate #datascience (DS), #machinelearning, #artificialintelligence, #bigdata etc 2)What companies are actively using hashtag#datascience in Kenya? 3)Are local companies DS ready? 4) How long should companies wait to expect reasonable return on their investment in DS? 5) Is there high demand for datascientists in Kenya? What does an ideal DS team look like? 6) Are data geeks well compensated in Kenya? 7) Conventional vs unconventional ways someone can get started? 8) What peer communities can Kenyan datascientists join? 9) What does a typical data science project look like? Challenges? 10) What interesting datascience projects have caught our eyes?

68 MIN2018 NOV 30
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Pilot: A warm Introduction to the Dependent Variable Podcast
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Latest Episodes

Ssn2 Episode 1: Effective and viable Data engineering with Batatunde Ekemode from Africa's Talking

Data engineering has recently stood out as a differentiating factor for effective and commercially viable Data science practice in companies gearing up for scale. Data engineering is without a doubt the most important cog that keeps the data science wheel moving. Yet, being practical and effective in this sub-field of data science remains quite demanding owing to the steep learning curve it is associated with and it's associated expenses. That is why is this episode, an analytics lead and accomplished data engineer Babatunde Ekemode, Cate Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo, and Victor Mochengo sat down and touched on: 1) Quick roundup of Deep Learning Indaba 2) What does a data engineer really do & how does s/he add commercial value to a business? 3) Differentiating a data engineer, data analyst and data scientist and the case of data ninjas who can do it all! 4) In what order to recruit data professionals? Data engineer, analyst or scientist who comes first? Do software engineers make better transitions to data engineering? 5) How to monetize data skills and establish a clear Return On Investment case for data & data engineering 6) Knowledge stack that makes a good data engineer 7) What's a data engineer's work toolkit and process flow like? Deliberately setting up quality data processes in line with domain expertise 8) Setting up cost effective data architectures and choosing the right tools 9) Challenges in data engineering and how to mitigate them 10) How is data engineering shaping up over the next 5 years

69 MINSEP 27
Comments
Ssn2 Episode 1: Effective and viable Data engineering with Batatunde Ekemode from Africa's Talking

Episode 7: Using AI to scale up Fintech with Andrew Mutua from PesaKit

M-Pesa as a product is now 12 years old. If it were a child, it would be a preteen eager to dare the world, be rebellious and make its presence known everywhere. M-Pesa has put Kenya on the global map among fintech pioneers. But there is a lot more going on in the fintech space in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, in Kenya fintech that has scaled, to large extent is synonymous with mobile money and more so M-Pesa and its ever-growing ecosystem. In this episode, the team (Cate, Anthony and Victor) sit down with Andrew Mutua from PesaKit ( http://pesakit.co.ke/, twitter: @PesaKit_AI ) to have a discussion on how they are using AI to scale up fintech products for mobile money agents and the last mile of financial distribution. We get to talk about: 1) The evolution of Fintech in Kenya 2) PesaKit's last-mile agent network platform and how they are providing Digital and Human Interactions to accelerate financial inclusion and how to make agents efficient and profitable. 3) Practical and...

61 MINJUN 18
Comments
Episode 7: Using AI to scale up Fintech with Andrew Mutua from PesaKit

Episode 6: Building Data Science Capacity in Kenya with Shelmith Kariuki & Victor Mutua

An article in the Harvard Business Review in 2012 declared 'Data scientist' as the sexiest job of the 21st century. Shortly after, a lot of) to have a discussion on scaling and building data science capacity in Kenya. ,instinctively as the right career choice based on interest or out of fanatical pursuits from the media focus on data science. It's alright, we are all sailing in this ship and it's going somewhere, may be to the data Valhalla! In this episode, the team (Cate, Anthony and Victor) sit down with Victor Mutua & Shelmith Kariuki from Zukademy ( http://www.zukademy.com/) to have a discussion on scaling and building data science capacity in Kenya. We get to talk about: 1) The current state of Data science in Kenya and the general level of skill in the Kenyan scene 2) The level of awareness by capital mobilizers i.e. company executives and shareholders on data science and its importance. Is there a clear and expected ROI on data science? 3) Managing expectations during this "...

38 MINMAY 20
Comments
Episode 6: Building Data Science Capacity in Kenya with Shelmith Kariuki & Victor Mutua

Episode 5: How Data Science is shaping the future of Human Resource (HR) with Jessica Colaco & Daniele Orner

Almost any job you apply to today is done digitally. Some companies still fancy direct emails but a growing number are automating their HR services to deal with repetitive processes. But is this an ideal solution, does it favour only excellent communicators and is there potential for bias from pooling applicants in to different buckets even before having a look at their CV? What does the future look like in how HR services will be organised in the age of deepening data analytics? In this episode, the team (Cate, Anthony and Victor) sit down with Jessica Colaco & Daniele Orner from Brave Venture Labs (https://brave.careers/) to have a discussion on how the evolution of analytics is shaping HR services to build a company that takes care of all stakeholders. We get to talk about: 1) Broadly understanding how HR services are set up in Kenya and East Africa relative to Europe 2) Does the HR system as set up only favour employers and how can we improve the employer-talent relationship? 3)...

50 MINFEB 14
Comments
Episode 5: How Data Science is shaping the future of Human Resource (HR) with Jessica Colaco & Daniele Orner

Episode 4: Autonomous/Driverless cars in Kenya! (with Wilfred Githuka)

Will self-driving cars beat our bodaboda (motorcycle taxis) and matatu (van taxis) madness? Whether you call them autonomous, driverless or self-driving cars, they are the new face of mobility disruption. And there are Kenyans, Wilfred Githuka among them who want to be counted among contributors to this change. In this episode (Cate, Anthony, Wilfred Githuka and I) we touch on: 1) Knowing Wilfred Githuka and understanding his curiosity around destroying things so he can fix them! 2) His China motivation from living there and how patriotism builds markets 3) A car is a moving computer. But how well does Kenya's motor vehicle industry understand this? Also, cars have slowly evolved towards autonomy we just haven't realized it 4) The justification for self-driving cars in Africa and how it will unravel. Hint: It's already started in warehouses. 5) How does an autonomous vehicle think, work and function. 6) The ethics of autonomous vehicles. The legal and economic conundrum behind AI & ...

67 MIN2018 DEC 21
Comments
Episode 4: Autonomous/Driverless cars in Kenya! (with Wilfred Githuka)

Episode 3: Digital Marketing at Google (with Clinton Obura)

Episode 3 with Catherine Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo, Clinton Obura & Victor Mochengo is out! One of the main reasons we do this podcast is to challenge African enterprises to think BIG on how they could scale their operations and markets. In this episode we talk about BIG ideas that are being implemented TODAY and also touch on: 1) How difficult it is to sell #dataproducts especially because their value is not readily understood 2) From Kabarak University to Google EU hq! Dealing with impostor syndrome & seeing the future way ahead 3) The purity in #customerintent driven by data products 4) How local companies view #datadriven #technology 5) Why #Marketing heads need to broaden their perspective #digitalmarketing & how to extract value from it 6) Consumers are going #digital fast but the money not so fast, what consumer patterns are shaping up and what a digital #ROI looks like. 7) The privacy conundrum! #GDPR is not a Kenyan (or African) policy but will it influence what will govern u...

59 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
Episode 3: Digital Marketing at Google (with Clinton Obura)

Episode 2: Developing Data Products at Safaricom(with Nicholas Loki)

Second episode of the Dependent Variable podcast is out️. We had an amazing chat with Nicholas Loki, Senior Software Engineer & Data Scientist at Safaricom PLC about the early days of #DataScience in corporate Kenya. In this episode Catherine Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo, Nicholas Loki & Victor Mochengo: 1) Define #bigdata and why #Safaricom is a #bigdata company. 2) How is #Safaricom using Data Science today; from research to building products to customer results. 3) How Loki evolved from being in the 1st IT class at JKUAT! to software engineering and now Data science. 4) How Kenya's tech scene has evolved from the 1990s. 5) Mind over matter; never giving up. Loki did IT but got his first tech job 8 years after graduating. 6) Will your 'Data Science guy' replace your 'IT guy'? 7) What is hashtag#Bonga? What is #DeepMpesaIntegration? Why #Bonga is important. 8) Can launching a product be a Data Science problem? Truly adopting a #datadriven approach. 9) Short code #SmsSpamming & what #Sa...

66 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
Episode 2: Developing Data Products at Safaricom(with Nicholas Loki)

Pilot: A warm Introduction to the Dependent Variable Podcast

Catherine Gitau, Anthony Odhiambo & Victor Mochengo sat down for a casual conversation on what practical Data Science looks like in Kenya. This episode is for anyone interested in Data Science, works with data or is concerned with using Data as capital. Top 10 things we cover: 1) The buzzwords and jargons! Differentiate #datascience (DS), #machinelearning, #artificialintelligence, #bigdata etc 2)What companies are actively using hashtag#datascience in Kenya? 3)Are local companies DS ready? 4) How long should companies wait to expect reasonable return on their investment in DS? 5) Is there high demand for datascientists in Kenya? What does an ideal DS team look like? 6) Are data geeks well compensated in Kenya? 7) Conventional vs unconventional ways someone can get started? 8) What peer communities can Kenyan datascientists join? 9) What does a typical data science project look like? Challenges? 10) What interesting datascience projects have caught our eyes?

68 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
Pilot: A warm Introduction to the Dependent Variable Podcast
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