The seven-day Machine Learning training, organized by the Academy of Real Meta Analytics (ARMA) in Lagos, ended on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
Last week Tuesday, the press conference which marked the beginning of the 55-hour course held at the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, with the training class proper starting immediately after that at a private location on the Island.
At the press conference, the keynote speaker and lead facilitator of ARMA's machine learning training, Rajesh Jakhotia, spoke about some of the things students would benefit from taking the 7-day course.
From our interaction with the participants at the closing ceremony, those expectations have been met and surpassed.
Ambrose Oghene, an Information and Technology expert, whose quest for the 'new oil' found in the area of data brought him to ARMA where he enrolled for the Machine Learning course.
Ambrose said: "Before coming to ARMA, my understanding of Machine Learning wasn't deep, maybe just 20%. But after the seven-day training, I've improved a lot and know more about it now.
"I've got the necessary skills required to further develop on it and with that, I can achieve about 50 percent more."
Quite a few means were used by the organizers and facilitators to help the participants get a full grasp of the teachings and Ambrose spoke about the ones he loved the most.
"From beginning to end, the right training methods were applied both visual recording and one on one and on a scale of one to ten, I'll give the organizers eight because there's always room for improvement," he said.
Despite having professionals register for the training, ARMA's Machine Learning course was designed to also accommodate those with little or no knowledge of data analytics.
Eniola Awokoya, a broadcaster, stated that her desire to explore the possibilities of expanding was the reason she participated in the ARMA Machine learning course.
"I don't come from a technology or data science background but kudos to ARMA. Their modules have been broken down and the trainings have been so explanatory that I've been able to bridge that gap and now see a lot of possibilities for me in data science as an extension of my current career. My horizon has been broadened."
For seven days, Rajesh Jakhotia, a consultant and co-founder of K2 Analytics in India, was the trainer and he expressed his delight at being able to impact the students.
"I'm sure that with the knowledge that has been impacted, the participants can go out there to their respective organisations and start seeing ways and means by which they can use data, analyse it, derive insights and inferences from it to make their work much more efficient and productive," Jakhotia said.
Quizzed on what he thought about ARMA and their push to help Nigerians learn about real and meta analytics, he said: "I think they have made a big start, a great beginning to train the youths of Nigeria on Data Science and Machine Learning.
"It's the future and ARMA is providing a platform where even working professionals and college going students can come and learn practical industry applications of analytics, so it's a great platform they're establishing in Nigeria."
We also caught up with Mrs Ngozi Odukwe, one of the organisers of the training and the Organisation and Methods Executive of Axon Analytics, who said that the drive to bridge the gap between what would be required in the future of work and the right people that are doing the job currently was what birthed ARMA.
According to her, in a couple of weeks and with constant practice, the participants of the training should be able to build models. She also noted that the world of Data Science is going into the 'predictive' phase as opposed to making assumptions based on data.
At the ceremony, which marked the end of the training, the participants were presented with their certificates of completion before a bit of merriment.
Photo Credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme.