Digital Access in the Developing World Becomes a Reality Through Partnerships

Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft Originally posted on Microsoft on the Issues  One of the profound privileges of my job is that, every year around this same time, we host the Partners in Learning Global forum – this is the Olympics of innovative education. All of the participants (nearly 500 educators from…

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African developers: show us what you’ve got!

By Dele AkinsadeDeveloper Platform Lead, West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands The launch of Windows 8 on October 26th was definitely one of the most exciting days of my career so far. Why? Well, you may already know that I am incredibly passionate about developers and the potential that exists for them to…

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Prioritising Education, Employability and the Cloud for Africa

Posted by Jean-Philippe CourtoisPresident of Microsoft International Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting two African countries – Morocco and Ivory Coast – meeting with business, academic and government leaders in each. My agenda for both countries focused firmly on three topics which are all top of mind in nearly every country I visit in…

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Where Have Africa’s Future Builders Gone?

Posted by Louis OtienoRegional Director, Business Development & Strategy for Microsoft Africa Original source: This is Africa – Where Have Africa’s Future Builders Gone? “Young people around the world are facing an emerging opportunity divide between those who have access to a good education, the skills and connections to be successful and those who do…

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Malawi 2.0: Back to make a difference

Posted by John Nielsen GM, EMEA Customer Service and Support Around this time last year, I accompanied a team of ten Microsoft engineers from the EMEA Customer Service and Support team to Blantyre in Malawi to help launch the Malawi Learning Partnership. We installed a network to connect four schools to allow teachers, students and…

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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 African teams that made it…

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Guiding Hand: Helping North African Youth To Fulfil Their Potential

By Ghada Khalifa, Citizenship and Community Affairs lead, Microsoft Egypt Working in community affairs in Egypt, particularly in the areas of youth education and job support, has been my passion and privilege for many years. Youth unemployment in Egypt stood at 25% in 2010 and evidence suggests that it has risen in the months since…

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Helping Stop the Cycle of Online Bullying

Posted by: Djam Bakhshandegi Citizenship and Partners in Learning Program Manager, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands For all the benefits that smartphones, computers and the web have to offer – especially for young people who have embraced digital technology and gained access to its benefits – there will always be those…

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Start-up Africa

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 with U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International…

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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 counting!) students who have participated in the world’s premier technology competition. By focusing on student-led…

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