The Kenyan tech scene was yesterday given a big boost by Microsoft with the launch of the Africa Development Center at the Movenpick Hotel. The pools of talent we have among the youth here and the speed and zeal with which we as a country embrace technology cannot be underestimated and coupled with such participation from Microsoft and other companies, things will only keep getting better and better.
With the ADC which will be based at Microsoft’s offices in Westlands, we’re looking at empowering beneficiaries who are not only young, enthusiastic and full of energy, but who also understand the unique challenges facing the continent and are therefore better placed to develop solutions. We’re therefore looking at empowering a generation that not only understands the unique challenges facing the country and the continent as whole better, but one that will be able to develop working solutions that can also make impacts globally. Towards this, some of Microsoft’s major partnerships are with local universities.
Other than the Center in Nairobi, Microsoft also launched a similar one in Lagos Nigeria. With this development, the company has set aside one million USD to be spread across 4 years between the two centers. It is also looking to employ 500 engineers in the next four years to work at the centers. By the end of this year alone, Microsoft will have employed 100 engineers. The work of the engineers will be to create top of the range solutions in areas like energy, fintech, heath care and agriculture among others.
Microsoft has been in Kenya for just over two decades now and the impact of its partnerships are clear to see. Kenya on the other hand is quite an enabler for technological growth. According to the Country Manager for Microsoft East Africa Sebuh Haileleul, “The reason we selected Kenya as the first ADC site is to better understand a continent that is rapidly adopting cloud technology and innovation at the intelligent edge. We view Kenya as a leading regional digital innovation hub, and the ADC aims to invest in and accelerate the work being done here.”
If you would like to understand the ADC more or better yet be a part of it, look no further than here.