RTI and IBM partner to address Africa’s developmental challenges with big data

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RTI International, a non-profit research institute, and IBM’s African research lab have partnered to deploy big data and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa.

In a joint news release, both outfits said that 100 schools in Mombasa County, Kenya will serve as a flagship for the project.

In this project, RTI and IBM, are developing and testing intelligent systems for data capture and decision support, to improve the accountability and transparency in over 100 schools in Mombasa County, Kenya.

“By combining our expertise in data science and development, RTI and IBM will apply the information newly at our fingertips to accelerate improvements in literacy, respond rapidly to the spread of infectious diseases, and discover/apply new innovations for improving the human condition in the developing world,” said Aaron Williams executive vice president at RTI.

The project is designed to support the Kenyan Ministry of education science and technology. Edutech initiatives is already fledging in Kenya. Yesterday, Kenya’s Aga Khan Academy library stated it plans to invest $16,700 for a tech upgrade.
Source: Techcabal 15 July 2015