Microsoft 4Afrika Tech Officer speaks at CMU-Rwanda
“On 17 January, Microsoft’s Technology Officer for Africa Initiatives, Ivan Lumala, spoke with MSIT students. Mr. Lumala’s talk focused on Microsoft's initiatives in Africa as well as creating a software ecosystem in Africa. Mr. Lumala is charged with defining and executing on a strategy to catalyze a vibrant, and sustainably profitable community of African Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
On 4th Feb, the corporation introduced the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) online, up skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, while helping an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop employability skills, 75 percent of whom Microsoft will help place in jobs.
“The world has recognized the promise of Africa, and Microsoft wants to invest in that promise. We want to empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers, and business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent and beyond,” said Fernando de Sousa, general manager, 4Afrika Initiative. “The 4Afrika Initiative is built on the dual beliefs that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world.”
Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University are currently in partnership offering a chance to students to do internships.