Facebook launches ‘Bangladesh Analytics Lab’

Staff Correspondent

2 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Facebook has launched a specialised data analytics initiative in Bangladesh to review the progress and future possibilities marking the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

In association with local partners Preneur Lab, Facebook’s Data for Good programme will run the ‘Bangladesh Analytics Lab’ to produce data-driven report focusing on sustainable development goals, officials related to the project mentioned.

“The initiative will bring the insights of development of Bangladesh and will make projection for the future days.

Some 50 researchers from the country’s top universities have already begun the activities and the final report will be published at the end of the three-month-camp,” Arif Nezami, chief executive at Preneur Lab, told the Daily Sun.

This initiative is supported by leading academic institutions, including BUET Data Lab, BRAC University Computer Club, United International University Robotics Club, Dhaka International University, and Independent University Bangladesh Fab Lab. 

Bangladesh Analytics Lab will help participants learn the stages of problem-solving, visualization, and data-driven modelling through regular sessions on pitching, coding, and designing using publicly available datasets over the next 10 weeks.

The training sessions will be led by experts from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and BRAC University.

This platform also gives participants the opportunity to present their findings to policymakers, senior academics and development professionals. The boot camp will end with a Demo Day in May, and their models will be showcased on a separate micro site.