Young Cameroonian entrepreneur takes e-health to heart

Cameroon is home to 22 million people, but only 40 heart surgeons. Of these 40 doctors, most work in the country’s main economic hubs, Douala and Yaoundé. That means rural patients with heart ailments usually have to travel long distances for their examinations and some have to wait months to even get an appointment. When…

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Be the next big thing in Africa

Posted by: Dele Akinsade, Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands I must have the best job at Microsoft. I get to experience the passion of young people using technology every day, and how a little imagination can solve seemingly impossible problems. Like this year’s Imagine Cup winners of the United Nations…

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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 Imagine Cup competition. It’s no secret how innovative African…

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Get behind African developers for Imagine Cup 2013

Posted by Dele Akinsade Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands It’s that time of the year again: the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition season is in full swing, with local finals taking place across the continent.  The competition brings together student innovators from every corner of the globe to showcase their great…

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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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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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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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Imagine Cup, the perfect platform to encourage innovative thinking in South Africa

Guest Post by Josh LeibsteinStudent and Imagine Cup finalist When I developed the computer-aided detection programme to identify tuberculosis at an early stage, I never imagined it would lead to winning first prize at Microsoft’s South Africa leg of the Imagine Cup. The competition was tough as there were many great projects – all of them…

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