DATES: 22-23 JULY 2021

“There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they are absolutely free. Do not miss so many of them.”

We are hosting a Machine Learning Event endorsed and supported by Deep Learning Indaba, Africa.

Theme: Machine Learning for Biodiversity and National Heritage


Indaba-X Malawi is part of Deep Learning Indaba, an African wide community aiming at supporting advancements in technology and artificial intelligence. Deep Learning Indaba aims at building communities, creating leadership, and recognising excellence in the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence across Africa. Indaba-X Malawi was first held in 2019 and attracted over 100 applicants. 

The IndabaX Malawi 2021 is an event aiming of bringing together students, lecturers and industry who are interested in Machine Learning. This event is part of a larger initiative in strengthening machine learning in Africa. Through this event Malawi becomes one of 27 African countries within Deep Learning Indaba. We hope that people attending this event will form partnerships and strengthen their own skills in machine learning.

Joint Event

We are pleased to announce that this year we joined forces with the “Biodiversity Transforming Malawi”, Early Career, and Research Leaders & Policy Makers Workshop. We are holding joint sessions together on the 22nd July 2021. Details of the program will be announced soon on our website.


We are structuring our sessions into five tracks containing talks, practical workshops and posters.

Call for Participation

We are soliciting lightning talks proposals for 5 or 10 minute talks and posters proposals in the form of a 1-2 page abstract. Lightning talks and posters should fit into the topics of the above tracks. They will be presented during the normal conference days, in dedicated time-slots.

Submissions can contain case studies, research work (mature or in progress), open problems, ideas and critical reviews of relevant issues and research relevant in Malawi.

We encourage participation from students, graduates, or early career academics and industry professionals. Regardless of who you are or the job title you hold, if you are a technologist who is interested in AI and Machine Learning and face unique challenges, we encourage you to be a part of Indaba-X Malawi 2021. We would like to particularly welcome and encourage female technologists to participate.

We have 40 free spaces, for those in the academia and industry we will solicit a smal fee to cover the cost of the event: food and conference packs. We will post the fee amount soon.

We are actively seeking sponsorship to enable us to have more participants. Please spread the word and contact us with your ideas at

Submission Form

We will accept lightning talk proposals and posters via this submission form.

Important Dates

Enrollment Opens:                                10th June

Enrollment Deadline:                            5th July

Notification of Acceptance:                 7th – 10th July

Event Dates: 22-23 July

Who should attend?

Students and young researchers interested in Machine Learning and Data Science. Lecturers who are teaching courses in artificial intelligence, are currently researching in this area or are keen to learn more about this area. If you are working in the industry and are interested in this area you may also apply.

Virtual Participation May be Possible

Several of our sessions will be also available through zoom. If you are interested but abroad please get in touch with us you may still be able to participate via zoom and pre-record your lightning talk or poster.

If you wish to promote or pitch a product at Indaba-X Malawi, please contact us at about exhibition and sponsor opportunities.

INDABA-X 2021 Malawi is committed to providing an open, safe and enjoyable event experience for all event participants, and a welcoming environment for free discussion of ideas.


Read our Call for Sponsorship


We have 40 places free. This does not cover accommodation and travel. It refers only to the cost of the event. If sponsorship allows we may increase this number. However we will need to be mindful of the logistics (tutorials, labs and catering) so we will have to keep the number manageable. So we might ask non-free participants for a small fee.

We would consider more favorably those applicants who submit posters and lightning talks. For any questions please email us at

Contact the main organiser:

Amelia Taylor at

Timetable – to be announced soon.