The Kambule and Maathai awards represent the third independent programme we run as the Indaba Organisation, and form a key part of our mission to Strengthen African Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We see our three principal programmes, the Deep Learning Indaba, the IndabaX, and the Kambule and Maathai awards as forming part of an integrated system. The Deep Learning Indaba strengthens African AI communities, the IndabaX creates African leadership in AI, and the annual awards, the programme that is the subject of this report, create spaces of recognition and aspiration, allowing new stories of African AI innovation to be told. This interacting and reinforcing trinity, of community and leadership and recognition, represents the concrete instantiation of our mission.
These two awards are intended to recognise ability, struggle, effort, and African excellence. The outcomes and key recommendations for enhancing this programme are described in this report.