[Video] Female coders on the rise in the Middle East and Africa

Imagining, inventing, building, creating, solving. Coding. It’s one of the most valuable skills you can learn today. More and more new career paths are emerging that require an understanding of coding. Sadly, careers in tech are still disproportionately filled. For many young girls, learning to code wasn’t an option – either because they were encouraged…

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Five inspiring Middle Eastern women in tech

Editorial team  It is not uncommon in many technology companies for females to be outnumbered by their male counterparts. That said, in the Middle East 35% of tech entrepreneurs are women, compared to the global norm of 10%. Still, while we are ahead globally, woman remain underrepresented, so it makes sense that closing the gender…

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Five common myths about youth employability in MEA

Sixty percent of the population in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is under the age of 25, and of these young people, one in four is unemployed. Part of the reason for this is a lack of necessary technical skills for the 21st century workplace. But beyond that, there are a few common myths…

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Three ways we’re empowering nonprofits and universities over the next three years

Cloud computing is fast becoming a vital resource for addressing the world’s problems, as it helps to fuel breakthroughs across a range of economic and social challenges. At the same time, university researchers and nonprofits play a critical role in driving positive change in society. For these reasons we are committed to putting the Microsoft…

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Ali Faramawy chats about tech, creativity and teamwork at TeenTech Global Youth Summit

Can technology transform society and help shape our future? Ali Faramawy, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, is ready to answer to this question at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit this Saturday, 5 December. The event will be livestreamed to over 1400 students around the world, so be sure to click on this link…

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The Middle East Cloud Trust Problem: Cloud adoption curtailed by concerns around security and privacy

Posted by Leila Serhan When I am asked to sum up the most important technological developments supporting prosperity in the Middle East/North African region, of course I’ll cite growing smart device ownership, the spread of high speed wireless connectivity, and advances in data management and analytics. However, I believe that cloud computing has the greatest…

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Microsoft Student Partner program helps passionate Saudi students develop their tech skills

Posted by Nour Bashar Al-Khouja, Academic Programs Manager The Middle East is experiencing a “youth bulge”, with over 30% of its population between the ages of 15 and 29. In order for this generation to flourish, we need to find opportunities that make a real impact in improving their employability and entrepreneurship, education and digital…

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Bridging the gender gap and empowering women in ICT

By Leila Serhan, Regional General Manager at Microsoft “The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world", said Charles Malik, Lebanese philosopher and diplomat. He was talking about the importance of gender equality, which is something Microsoft takes very seriously, especially in the Middle East where the gender gap can…

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“Last mover’s advantage”: How the Middle East is developing a digital presence

Posted by: Michael Kogeler, COO and CMO for Microsoft Corporation in the Middle-East and Africa region (MEA) The year 2015 is already moving as fast as its predecessor, and there are many new tech trends we must keep up with to remain competitive in a constantly changing world. However, before we become too caught up…

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What does a Mobile-first, Cloud-first world look like? Highlights from GITEX 2014 in Dubai

Posted by: Samer Ramez Abu-Ltaif, General Manager of Microsoft Gulf Let me ask you a question. How many times, in the past year, have you heard or read the following terms: Big Data, Business Solutions, Cloud and Mobility? Your answer is likely ‘to be a lot’. These are all terms that are being used in…

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