This year’s conference will, as in the past, focus on growing a formidable network of talented students working in AI from across Africa. The Unconference, which precedes the main conference, provides a platform for engagement with students, emerging researchers, and industry.

The Unconference is collocated with the SACAIR Conference and is an informal setting for postgraduate students in all aspects of Artificial Intelligence to meet and discuss their research and network with other students, academics, and industry representatives. Your ideas might just change the world! The un-conference is a single-day event to be held on Monday, 6 December 2021.

We urge all students who intend to attend the main conference to also participate in this socially driven un-conference to get the most out of the week-long event. Students who do not intend to attend the main conference are encouraged to attend the un-conference for presentations and discussions on the future of Artificial Intelligence.

The unconference will feature an Unconference Symposium (see the call for participation above) which will allow students to present work in progress or present interesting ideas for discussion, an Industry Colloquium, Panel Discussions on various aspects of A.I. Attendees will also have an opportunity to engage with industry representatives at Social Events. The Unconference Programme will also feature a Shared Task. For more information and to participate please visit the Shared Task page.

Unconference Symposium

The symposium is intended for students to present work that is not as yet ready for publication.

  • You do not need an accepted paper to attend the event.
  • Selected papers will be presented as an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation.
  • Accepted un-conference papers will not be published in formal proceedings; however, the papers will be uploaded to the SACAIR website
  • Costs for the un-conference are included in the main conference payment. Further cost details will follow for those wishing to only attend the un-conference. Please check this website regularly for updates.
Agenda for the Day

Details of the unconference programme to be confirmed.