Microsoft taps talent, innovation opportunities in Africa

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Having recognised a sizeable talent pool, great deal of innovation and creativity in Africa’s teeming youth population, Microsoft has taken a bold step to invest $100 million in building an African Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos Nigeria and Nairobi Kenya, in order to create an opportunity for developers in the continent to get involved in developing at foundational level, technology for global consumption.

With six other development centres in India, Europe and United States of America, the African Development Centre with two sites, is Microsoft’s seventh.

According to the company; the best local software developers and engineers in the African region will be hired and trained to develop cutting edge technology solutions, working with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), developing robots, virtual reality and future technologies.

Speaking at the launch of the ADC in Lagos on Friday 17 May, Michael Fortin, corporate vice president, Microsoft, said; “The ADC has been a dream and vision but today it’s a reality. One of the things that drew us to this region is the immense talent. We’ve been engaging with universities and talking to our customers in the region and it has been very clear to us that there is a sizeable talent pool, a great deal of innovation and creativity in the region and we can be successful as a company by working closely with those engineers and we can be more successful in the continent of Africa by having a presence here and listening and learning intensely as opposed to being remote. So we look forward to the future in a big way.’

“We are going to hire 100 software engineers before the end of 2019. That is our first year goal and 500 by the end of 3 years; a total of … Read More...