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African students inspire in Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change 2015 competition
Posted by Jeffrey Avina, Citizenship Director for Middle East and Africa I was thrilled to hear that three students from Africa made it through to the final round of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition this year, with 17-year-old Saviour Okusenogu from Nigeria being named as...
17 Jun 2015
Education, innovation and collaboration: ONE DROP and Microsoft share sustainability message
The world’s population has tripled over the last century, while water use has multiplied by seven. In Africa alone, there are 358 million people who don’t have access to water. However, simply providing access to water is not the end game. To achieve long-term sustainability, the first step...
4 Jun 2015
Driving growth in Kenya through mobility
Posted by: Bruce Howe, general manager of Nokia East Africa The Kenyan market has shown phenomenal growth in the use of mobile phones and particularly smartphones. Data from the GSM Association shows that the smartphone market is growing at 40% per annum and that this growth will continue up to 2017...
21 Feb 2013
Microsoft opens its doors to the public
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer and Platform Evangelist Lead for Microsoft in West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands The growth of internet access and mobile penetration across Africa has resulted in a technology tipping point in terms of the opportunities available to business...
15 Nov 2011
The human face of Intellectual Property Rights
Posted by Serge Ntamack Intellectual Property, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands “ Behind every great innovation, either artistic or technological, is a human story – a tale in which new pathways open as a result of the curiosity, insight or determination...
27 Apr 2012
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
Microsoft partner Virtual City wins an Outstanding Regional Achievement Award at the World Summit Award Mobile 2010
Posted by Louis Otieno General Manager, Microsoft East and Southern Africa For nearly 20 years, Microsoft has worked hard to create a vast and diverse network of partners across Africa, helping to place technology at the heart of sustainable development. We see our role within the region as providing...
11 Jan 2011
Guest post: An on-the-ground account of Team Quest-O’s experience at Imagine Cup 2011
Posted by Lutalo Joseph Willrich (on behalf of the Team Quest-O) So we hacked like cats at little buttons and mice back in our school dorms many days ago (when no one knew us), and lo! Here we are speaking to the world about our exploits and achievements. It’s lovely, Imagine Cup I mean, amazing...
26 Jul 2011
Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum leading the way for teachers
Posted by Sarietjie Musgrave Head of ICT Innovation in School Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa The sixth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (WWIEF) kicks off today in Cape Town with a visit to schools in the area that are leading the way in new and exciting teaching...
27 Oct 2010
Africa’s Pioneers in Education
Posted by Zeid Shubailat Education Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Last week, nearly 100 educators, experts and school administrators gathered in Mombasa, Kenya for the third annual Pan-African Innovative Education Forum. We thank our generous hosts and partners at the Aga Khan Academy...
1 Sep 2010
Looking beyond ICT for ICT’s sake
Posted by Rizwan Tufail Regional Director and Technology Officer for Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Technology is an undisputed enabler of innovation. And in Africa, it has the potential to revolutionize development. In particular, the explosion of mobile phones...
25 Apr 2012
SMBs Keep Africa’s Economy Moving
Posted by Robert Kayihura Director - Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft understands the importance of small and medium businesses (SMBs) to Africa’s economy, which is why in November we launched Keep Your Business Moving . This online program is designed to provide advice to...
23 Jan 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
Best of Africa at Imagine Cup 2012
Posted by Dele Akinsade , Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein Marking Imagine Cup’s ten-year anniversary in 2012, Microsoft is celebrating the 1.4 million (and...
22 Jun 2012
Imagine Cup: the journey continues
Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer and Platform Evangelist, West, East and Central Africa I can’t believe Imagine Cup 2012 has come and gone again, after months of build-up and excitement. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to be part of the journey and to engage with the talented...
24 Jul 2012
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
Africa perfectly poised for the cloud
Posted by Hennie Loubser Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands I recently attended CIO Africa Summit in Nairobi, where African ICT professionals gathered to discuss Africa’s IT opportunities and challenges. One of this year’s clear focus areas...
23 Sep 2010
Posted by Aben Kovoor Area Lead, Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft Middle East & Africa To help accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and early stage startups across the African continent, we were proud to announce our support last month for the LIONS@FRICA initiative in partnership...
27 Jun 2012
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
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