This week, we’ve had the honour of welcoming Mr Nabil Ben Khedher, the Ambassador of Tunisia in the United Kingdom, to our headquarters in London. On Mr Ben Kheder’s agenda was our disruptive deep tech, in particular our world-first innovation in decision making for hardware, DeepPCB™, which was released as a beta last November. He spent time discussing the product with Hardware team lead Nabil Chouba and meeting the InstaDeep London team.  

Hardware team lead Nabil Chouba describing to Mr Nabil Ben Khedher a PCB board solved by DeepPCB™.

“We’re very honoured to welcome his excellency the Ambassador of Tunisia to our London headquarters. InstaDeep started in Tunis as a bootstrap with two laptops and $2,000, and Tunisian authorities have constantly been supportive of deep tech startups, which accelerated the emergence of a competitive tech ecosystem. We firmly believe Tunisia will become a leading African and Arab Machine Learning Hub and look forward to working with all like-minded institutions, public and private, to make it a reality”, says Karim Beguir, Co-Founder & CEO of InstaDeep.    

Mr Nabil Ben Khedher and Karim Beguir talking about our disruptive deep tech.

2020 – the year of AI in Tunisia 

2019 was already a major year for AI in Tunisia, particularly with the first edition of AI Hack Tunisia last September. Organized by InstaDeep in collaboration with Google and Tunisia’s Ministry of Industry and SMEs represented by Mr Kais Mejri, Director General of Innovation, AI Hack welcomed a record 1000 participants making it the largest ML competition ever in Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

Yet if 2019 was awesome, 2020 is gearing up to be even more impactful! One major highlight includes hosting this summer the annual Deep Learning Indaba in Tunis combined with AI Hack’s 2nd edition. As Africa’s most influential Machine Learning community, Deep Learning Indaba will attract to Tunis Africa’s very best AI talent and has seen regular participation from all the major tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, IBM and others. Together, these events constitute the most impactful AI gatherings in Tunisia’s history and a decisive milestone for the nascent Machine Learning Hub in the country.

As a co-organizer of both Deep Learning Indaba and AI Hack Tunisia, InstaDeep looks forward to helping drive this movement and making sure AI benefits talents in Tunisia, Africa and the Middle East. We cannot overstate the importance of doing this in collaboration with all our partners and friends such as Mr Ben Kheder (to contribute, please contact us at hello@instadeep.com). Thanks again Mr Ambassador for your visit, and we look forward to working together to make a difference in the months ahead!