Contributor Spotlight: Daouda Tandiang Djiba, Data Scientist

Amie Darboe

In our contributor spotlight series, we shine the light on our contributors—the people helping us move the needle on making explainable AI accessible to everyone.
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Being an open source machine learning framework means that we have access to a community of contributors who are passionate about helping make MindsDB the best machine learning framework it can be. In our contributor spotlight series, we shine the light on our contributors—the people helping us move the needle on making explainable AI accessible to everyone.

In this spotlight, you'll meet Daouda Tandiang Djiba, a data scientist, who is both a MindsDB contributor on github and a MindsDB beta tester.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I'm Daouda Tandiang Djiba, I have a master's degree in statistics econometry and certification in data science. I'm a co-founder of the GalsenAI community in Senegal. I publish AI articles on Medium and another blog, called Baamtu, in my country.

What is your current occupation?
Data scientist intern at BICIS Group BNP Paribas.

What motivated you to start using machine learning?
By doing research when writing my master's degree dissertation, I found the data science job and suddenly I fell in love. According to my background, I knew that data science is the next step of the statistician job. Programming wasn't a new thing for me when I discovered machine learning. Since my childhood, I loved computers and all the stuff around it. I learned C, HTML, and Python by myself before doing machine learning. The first time I attended a meetup about AI, I knew that this is what I needed to go further. Giving machines the ability to think is such a passionate thing. My motivation was that if I want to survive and be aware of new technologies, I need to up my skills by doing AI and machine learning.

How do you use AI and machine learning in your projects?
I'm using AI in two ways:
- For my job by doing analytics and making prediction with machine learning algorithms.
- For my own purpose to learn more about humans. I'm a co-founder of the GalsenAI community in Senegal. Our purpose is to get people involved in the field of AI by sharing knowledge algorithms, data science best practices, and by organizing hackathons.

When did you start using MindsDB?
I started using MindsDB by April 2019 as a beta tester. I just looked at how the framework work.

What is one feature that you really like about MindsDB?
The GUI is an innovation for this kind of deep learning framework.


Do you have any advice for developers who are interested in getting started with machine learning?
Would you like to take part in this changing world, if so what are you waiting for? Get a start.

You can find Daouda at the following links:

If you're a MindsDB user and contributor and would like to be featured in a future contributor spotlight, please send an email to community@mindsdb.com.

Author Bio

Amie helps lead community and sales efforts at MindsDB. She is a sales and marketing lead who has has spent much of her career working in sales and marketing capacities at both startups and mid-market companies. She grew up in Providence, RI, lives in Austin, Texas, and graduated with honors from Brown University.

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