In a bid to further investment in Africa, Microsoft has launched its first Africa Development Centre, ADC with two initial sites in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria.
Earlier this year, the company had opened Africa’s first hyper-scale data centers in South Africa, aimed at promoting business innovation in the cloud.
The executive sponsor of the ADC and executive vice president at Microsoft, Phil Spencer, made this known. He said the ADC will be unlike any other existing investment on the continent, stressing that it would help the company listen better to its customers, develop locally and scale for global impact.
He also explained it as an opportunity to engage further with partners, academia, governments and developers in driving impact in sectors important to the continent, such as FinTech, AgriTech and OffGrid energy.
It has been almost three decades ago that Microsoft opened its first offices in Africa. During the period, incredible growth was witnessed on the continent alongside more internet connectivity, more digital capability, and more innovation.
Africans have expanded the applications of technology and changed the way communities, banks and farms access healthcare.
The company expressed satisfaction as they played a big part in realizing this potential, building strong partnerships to accelerate digital transformation and create sustained societal impact.
As the next step on their journey in Africa, and to better understand a continent rapidly adopting technology in the cloud, and at the edge, Microsoft today launched its first Africa Development Centre. The ADC will serve as a premier center of engineering for Microsoft, where world-class African talents can create solutions for local and global impact.
The company stressed that Africa is poised for innovation at the intelligent edge and in a bid to staff the ADC, we are seeking engineering talent from across the continent to fuel AI, mixed reality innovation and machine learning.
Microsoft added that Engineers have already started working, and they intend to recruit one hundred full-time engineers by the end of the year and expanding to five hundred across the two sites by 2023.
They noted that those interested can visit the ADC website.