CoronaVirus Response

**Applications for our July 2020 intake are open until 23h59 GMT on 21 June 2020.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the application.**

Responding to the impact of CoronaVirus on higher education in Africa, 10 Academy is launching a special online-only training course starting in July 2020 – training is free.  50 trainees that have completed or will complete their undergraduate studies in 2019 or 2020 will receive 12 weeks of online training providing them with the full range of competencies required to become a job ready data scientist.

This competitive program will match the top performers with employers looking to hire for real jobs.  All trainees will receive training in career pathways including freelancing. Training is free.

Training Outputs

Trainees will gain the skills, ideas and knowledge to make them job-ready for data science. By the end of the training, trainees will be competent in the following 13 areas:

-Python programming

-SQL programming


-Data acquisition and cleaning

-Exploratory Data Analysis

-Data analysis and value extraction – Descriptive

-Data analysis and value extraction – Diagnostic

-Data analysis and value extraction – Predictive

-Data visualization

-Launching and maintaining a production environment

-Using data science to answer business questions

-Launching your career

-Being a 10x contributor


Our target group of trainees are students that will complete or have completed their undergraduate studies in 2019 or 2020 and who are nationals of one of our target countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda).

Trainees will be expected to have access to a laptop with an internet connection solid enough to facilitate a good chat connection and the ability to access a variety of resources.  To enable a compressed training, only learners that meet specific competence prerequisites in Python programming, Python libraries and Statistics will be admitted (see below for detailed pre-requisites).  Users will be encouraged to stick with the training through to completion through:

-Dedicated online support through an online community including a full-time community manager, including a focus on using community chat as a central place to discuss assignments and materials.

-Feedback on performance through points and a leaderboard system, with differentiated results for top users.

Training approach

Learning will be done using a flipped classroom approach with an emphasis on projects of increasing difficulty – learners will be able to use these projects as part of their profile to showcase their skills. Each week, learners will receive a set of learning outcomes for the week, links to content to self-learn and a set of data with a set of exercises to undertake – 4 ‘simple’ questions and a weekend challenge which requires involved analysis.

-Leaderboards will be updated daily, reflecting progress among users and publicly showcasing who is leading. The emphasis will be on celebrating progress and group-support instead of competition.

-An online community will be provided through full-time support from 10 Academy team members.

-Guest faculty will be drawn upon to create a set of relevant, challenging and demonstrative content.

-Content will include topics relating to careers as well as community and social content

A daily schedule will be published and tutors will be available online daily to support learning, answer questions and to support completion of all tasks.

Post-training and Job Placement

Our aim is that 100% of trainees completing the training are job-ready.

We aim to secure interviews for top performing trainees with employers looking to hire for real full-time jobs.

Training is free-of-charge for all users; learners that match into a job via 10 Academy and that earn above a minimum threshold will  be asked to contribute a portion of their salary to allow our not-for-profit program to grow.

All users that complete the training will have:

-A portfolio of projects which they are able to share publicly (including a GitHub repository)

-A certificate from 10 Academy outlining completion and highlighting what was covered in the course

**Please note that there is no guarantee of employment for trainees admitted to 10 Academy

Our value proposition

The core aspect of 10 Academy is the ability to identify exceptionally talented young Africans and provide them with the necessary support, training and connections to take up a job with outsized impact.

In the current Corona environment, this must be done in a fully online environment and will be done in a compressed timeframe.

The unique value proposition for trainees is called the 6C model.

-Connections – to real jobs for top performers and all trainees provided with resources to enable them to find jobs or freelancing gigs.

-Curated Content – All trainees have access to vetted content that has been verified by experts and which can be accessed without payment.

-Community – Fellow trainees, experts and tutors create a community.  10 Academy staff act as curators and conveners.  Culture and inspiration to be built, including through guest lectures from leaders in the field.

-Certification – All trainees that complete the course will receive certification of what was completed and assignments designed to create a shareable portfolio to demonstrate expertise.

Completeness – All trainees that complete the course secure and can demonstrate the complete range of skills needed for real data science jobs being hired for.

-Cost – Training is free.  Trainees that match into a paying job through 10 Academy that earn above a minimum salary will be asked to make a contribution to the program to allow the program to grow.


Applicants must meet the all of the following requirements to be admitted.

-Are nationals of one of the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Rwanda.  For all countries, a passport is the preferred mode of proving nationality.  For Nigerians, the following other forms of ID will accepted: Nigerian National ID, Nigerian Voter ID, Nigerian birth certificate.  For Ghanaians, the following other forms of ID will be accepted: Ghanaian National ID, Ghanian Voter card.  For Rwandans, Rwandan National ID will also be accepted.  For Ethiopians, local ID card will be accepted.  For Kenyans, Kenyan National ID cards will be accepted.
-Have completed their undergraduate degree in 2019 or 2020, or expect to complete in 2020
-Have their own laptop available throughout the training period
-Can provide their own reliable data connection through the program (est. 10 GB/month) at their own cost
-Commit to taking part in the entire training (13 July 2020 – 9 October  2020) at a workload of about 8 hours/day Monday-Friday.
-Want to take up a career in data science after the training is completed
-Meet the pre-requisite skill criteria, comfortable with all of the following:
**Python Programming  – able to write functions, build a simple application and know common libraries including NumPy and Pandas
**SQL programming – able to query databases, use subqueries, joins and aggregations
**Descriptive Statistics – measures of centre and measures of spread
**Inferential Statistics – common sampling distributions, hypothesis testing
**Linear Algebra – matrix manipulation and matrix multiplication

Key Dates

21 June 2020 (23h59GMT) – Applications close

23 June 2020 – Technical test, 1 hr

24 June 2020 – Longlist announced

29 June-3 July 2020 – Pre-training assessment – one week online

4 July 2020 – Shortlist announced

5-6 July 2020 – Interviews with shortlisted candidates

8 July 2020 – Invitation letters

13 July – 9 October 2020 – Training period

Frequently Asked Questions?

What if I finished my undergraduate studies before 2019?

The July 2020 training is limited to those completing their undergraduate studies in 2019 or 2020, or those expecting to complete in 2020. We are currently not accepting any earlier graduates for this batch of training. Interested parties that have graduated before 2019 should sign up for the mailing list ( where future editions of the training will be announced that are expected to include a broader range of candidates.

What if I am not a national of the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Rwanda? Can I still apply?

The July 2020 training is limited to nationals of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or Rwanda. We are currently not accepting any other nationalities for this batch of training – this is due to our goal to place as many learners into jobs as possible, and the difficulty associated with job placement outside of a person’s home country.
Interested parties from other countries should sign up for the mailing list ( where future editions of the training will be announced that are expected to include a broader range of candidates

Any questions?

Email the team at [email protected]

Application for July 2020 Training

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please note that applications for this year’s training are now closed. If you would be interested in learning about our feature opportunities, join our mailing list to be the first to know when they happen. To do so, click on this link and input your details on the form you’d see below. Thank you!