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Microsoft on the Issues Africa
Talking about African startups with Amine Chouaieb
Posted by Editorial Team CEO of Tunisian startup, CHIFCO, is passionate about doing work that impacts the community. With the help of a Microsoft 4Afrika grant, he has been able to do just that by developing technology that taps into the Internet of Things to give African users access to products...
29 Apr 2015
IT skills give Mauritian NGO’s the tools they need to make a real impact
Guest blog post by Lindsay Pointu, e-Inclusion Foundation We live in a fast-paced digital era where new technology comes into play every day. For any organisation to flourish, it is essential that it incorporates this technology into its workings to improve productivity and efficiency – and...
2 Apr 2015
There’s no limit to what you can achieve as a woman in ICT, says Somtochukwu Ochuba
Posted by the Editorial Team In the spirit of International Women's Day on 8 March, we are speaking to some of the inspirational women at Microsoft. Somtochukwu Ochuba is one of our MACH's (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) in Nigeria. After spending 2014 as a 4Afrika intern in Nigeria,...
5 May 2015
Celebrating women in ICT with Tonia Kariuki
Posted by Editorial Team In celebration of International Women’s Day, which took place on 8 March, we wanted to profile one of Microsoft’s leading ladies – Tonia Kariuki, the Marketing Director for our 4Afrika Initiative . Tonia loves being a woman in the ICT industry because of...
13 Mar 2015
Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT
“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind,” said the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in Africa where the gender gap can be wide. It is also an important...
11 Mar 2015
Esther Olatunde - from the slums to software developer
Esther Olatunde This Ajegunle-born youth became a software developer with the help of a Microsoft YouthSpark programme Growing up as a timid young girl with a low self-esteem in one of the most notorious slums in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, Esther Olatunde could easily have become a miscreant...
27 Oct 2014
A look at Youth Month in South Africa
Posted by: Mteto Nyati, General Manager-MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft The talent and potential of Africa’s youth should throb to the fast beat of the continent’s growth. But the opportunity gap and digital divide still prevents many of the 200 million youths on the continent, aged between...
30 Jul 2014
5 African startups that secured Microsoft 4Afrika innovation grants
By Amrote Abdella, Director – Startup Engagement & Partnerships: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative Whenever we come across an entrepreneur looking to start a business in Africa, our first piece of advice is this: Develop solutions relevant to Africa . At Microsoft, we’re always working...
10 Feb 2014
Get behind African developers for Imagine Cup 2013
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands It’s that time of the year again: the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition season is in full swing, with local finals taking place across the continent. The competition brings together student...
15 Apr 2013
Supporting Africa’s culture of innovation for a better tomorrow
Posted by Robert Kayihura, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, we are celebrating World Intellectual Property Day , a global event that brings attention to the importance of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year’s theme is ‘ Creativity: The...
25 Apr 2013
Getting Africa connected: Topics on the table at WEF
Posted by Fernando de Sousa General manager, Africa Initiatives at Microsoft This week, Cape Town is hosting the World Economic Forum for Africa (WEF) and I’m lucky enough to be attending. The WEF covers almost 30 different topic areas that together hold the key to Africa’s continued and...
8 May 2013
African innovation leads the way for global citizenship
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands “ Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. ” – Bill Gates I am thrilled by the African finalists of this year’s...
4 Jun 2013
Microsoft accelerates tech growth in Africa with Dev Camps
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Developers are crucial to Africa’s digital development. Without local developers to rely on, Africa would struggle to gain ground in an increasingly digital global economy. And, they are...
29 Apr 2013
Levelling the playing field with the 4Afrika Scholarship Program
By Patrick Onwumere, Director of Youth Enablement, Microsoft 4Afrika For students around the world, no matter background or location, access to quality education can be challenging. In Africa, it’s usually even tougher. And, when it comes to obtaining a tertiary level qualification , the barriers...
12 Aug 2013
South Africa: 80% connected by 2020
Mteto Nyati, Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa Africa is big, really big. In terms of land mass, China, India, the USA and most of Western Europe could all easily fit within its footprint. This size presents its own problems, not the least of which is the difficulty of connecting people to...
30 Jul 2013
African women: breaking down the barriers of entry to the tech industry
Posted by Djam Bakhshandegi Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Empowering women through education and technology is essential to the economic development of any country. In Africa, the gap between the educated population and the one that...
4 Apr 2013
Microsoft invests in the future of South African SMEs
By Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council and MD of Microsoft South Africa When we launched the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in February this year, we set out to improve Africa’s economic competitiveness. Key to this is our goal of getting one million SMEs online in three years...
5 Nov 2013
Microsoft’s YouthSpark turns one - and gets ready to target more African youth
By Djam Bakhshandegi, Corporate Citizenship and Partners in Learning West East Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Microsoft’s Partners in Learning isn’t the only initiative to celebrate an anniversary this year. On the 23 rd of September 2013, Microsoft’s global YouthSpark...
7 Oct 2013
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