Namib AI Winter School.

at Otjisazu Guest Farm | July 24-27 2024

Find inspiration in nature. Join us at the Namib AI Winter School. The event will give participants a chance to learn, and generate ideas in the quiet natural beauty of Namibia. The content will focus on the technical advances, as well applications of Language Models (LMs) – an increasingly powerful form of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Who should attend, and what to expect

Expected participants include university students, lecturers, and industry professionals. However, there are no specific academic degree requirements for attendance.

The event is inclusive and open to people from different fields at various stages of their careers.

Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate upon successful participation in the event, detailing the topics and number of hours


Day 0: July 24 – Arrival & Dinner

Day 1: July 25Day 2: July 26Day 3: 27
07:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome Address: Ndapa Nakashole
9:30 – 11:00: Lecture 1A: Noah Smith (foundations of LLMs)
11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break
07:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30: Lecture 2A: Noah Smith (foundations of LLMs)
10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
07:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00: Session 3A Closing Remarks
11:30 – 12:30: Lecture 1B: Ndapa Nakashole (applications of LLMs)
12:30 – 14:00: Lunch Break
11:00 – 12:30: Lecture 2B: Ndapa Nakashole (applications of LLMs)
12:30 – 14:00: Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00: Lecture 1C: Raphael Flauger (Image models – diffusion models)
15:00 – 15:30: Tea Break
15:30 – 17:00: Coding exercises: Flauger & Nakashole
17:00 – 18:30: Guided hike
14:00 – 15:30: Coding exercises: Flauger & Nakashole
15:30 – 16:00: Tea Break
16:00 – 17:00: Applying to Graduate school
19:00 – 20:30: Dinner
19:00 – 20:30: Dinner


Eligibility: Fellowships will be awarded to waive fees. Anyone can apply for a fellowship. Priority will be given to: 1) students and lectures affiliated with the University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and other academic institutions 2) those who work for small companies

To apply for a fellowship, you will need to fill out this application by May 25.

Fellowships awards will be announced in early June 2024.

About the venue

The farm is located about an hour north of Windhoek, and about 25 minutes from Okahandja. Questions about the rooms and other matters related to the venue should be directed to: Andreas Tomek.

Pre-Registration Form

1. Fill out this pre-registration form, pay later: Once you submit this form, your application will be reviewed. After that, if the review is fine, subject to limitations imposed by the venue’s capacity, you will you receive a payment link around end of May.

2. Accommodation Package: Accommodation fee includes lodging, breakfast and dinner.

3. Conference-Only Option: Selecting “No accommodation” includes conference participation only, and excludes lodging and meals. While this option is free, pre-registration is still required.

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Organizations interested in supporting the event are invited to get in touch at : Please note that we are unable to accept funding from government sources or entities with financial ties to the government, including parastatals.

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