The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) has taken center stage in the world of data science by hosting the United Nations Datathon 2023, as well as serving as the home to the UN Big Data Regional Hub for Africa. This prestigious event has drawn over 400 teams, each consisting of 3 to 5 members, from across the globe. The NISR site proudly hosts six diverse teams, representing participants from nine different nationalities, including Namibia, Comoros, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, and, of course, Rwanda.

Team Data for Change

This year's UN Datathon is a remarkable display of international cooperation and the power of data science to transcend borders. It underscores the commitment of participants from around the world to come together and address global challenges through innovative data-driven solutions.

The global opening ceremony for the UN Datathon took place today, November 3rd, in Montevideo, Uruguay, at 3 pm local time. This corresponds to 8 pm Kigali time. The opening ceremony was a momentous occasion where the global community of data enthusiasts, professionals, and experts came together to celebrate the spirit of collaboration and data-driven innovation.

NISR's involvement in this event marks a significant step in advancing data science and its applications in Africa and beyond. As the host of the UN Big Data Regional Hub for Africa, NISR is at the forefront of the region's efforts to harness the potential of data for sustainable development.

During the UN Datathon, NISR will be sharing live sessions and updates from the competition on various platforms, allowing everyone to stay connected and informed. These shared links provide a unique opportunity for those interested in data science and its impact on global challenges to follow the competition's progress and engage with the participating teams.

Over the course of the next 70 hours, these talented teams from around the world will work tirelessly to tackle a series of data challenges that span across diverse sectors, including economics, health, and social issues. Their innovative solutions will be evaluated by a panel of experts, and winning teams will be recognized for their outstanding contributions. The UN Datathon 2023 promises to be a groundbreaking event, exemplifying the collaborative spirit and the potential of data science to drive positive change in our world. NISR is not only a host but a beacon of knowledge and progress, embracing the power of data to address real-world issues.

Remarks from Yusuf Murangwa DG/ NISR & Co-Chair  of the UN Big Data Regional Hub for Africa

We invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we follow the UN Datathon 2023, witness the power of data, and celebrate the diverse talent and innovation that unites nations in the pursuit of a better future. Stay tuned for updates, insights, and the remarkable solutions that will emerge from this global competition. Together, we can harness the power of data to create a brighter, more sustainable world.


Communication Officer/NISR