Softbank and Correlation One launch program to develop AI in Latin America

The Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank Group International this week launched the "Data Science for All" ("DS4A") initiative, a program aimed at hiring and training artificial intelligence (AI) and data science talent in Latin America.

Named DS4A, the plan will develop training and assessments for the firm's workers and members in areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Photo: Agencies
Named DS4A, the plan will develop training and assessments for the firm's workers and members in areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Photo: Agencies

The training and evaluation platform is developed by Correlation One, a U.S. technology company. The program will aim to train technology workers in Latin America and promote greater AI adoption, including among SoftBank affiliates in the region.

DS4A will develop a curriculum that complements the theoretical training of traditional technical education courses with practical lessons that include artificial intelligence and data skills that can be immediately applied to common business needs.

The initiative consists of case studies and projects on real-world examples, which are expected to have a measurable impact on the operational performance of participating companies.

DS4A will be available to all Latin American employees in SoftBank's portfolio, as well as to external candidates with backgrounds in subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The program will be led by a Harvard professor and assistant professors from top U.S. universities such as MIT and Stanford. DS4A will also be supported by partners such as Microsoft, iNNpulsa Colombia, and the IDB Lab.

The platform will be based in Sao Paulo and will have remote classrooms in Bogota, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City. This operation has a similar precedent that was generated in Colombia, which helped train more than 300 people out of more than 10,000 who applied.

"Technology companies in Latin America need qualified talent with a deep understanding of artificial intelligence and its potential to improve every aspect of the way we live and work," said Marcelo Claure, CEO of SoftBank Group International.

"We are proud to support programs like DS4A, which prepare people in the region with key technical skills, further positioning the region as a leader in innovation," the executive explained.

"We are pleased to partner with Softbank Group International to develop the AI talent ecosystem in Latin America," said Rasheed Sabar, co-founder and co-CEO of Correlation One.

"Our program provides participants with the opportunity to learn data science from some of the world's leading experts. They receive in-person training and apply AI to real business problems at leading technology companies. We are creating a new talent infrastructure for AI in Latin America," said the executive.

Program details and registration

DS4A is a live, instructor-led program taught in English over a period of eleven weeks. Classes will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., local time, starting on 6 March 2020.

Registration for the program opened on February 3, 2020, and applications are due February 21, 2020. More information on pre-registration can be found at this link.

By Mexicanist