ADMI Founding Director, Wilfred Kiumi shaking hands with Microsoft East Africa Country Manager, Sebuh Haileleul
Helen Adams Keller, an American author, political activist, and lecturer once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
With that said, we are so excited to announce our collaboration with Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Initiative, to open an AppFactory at our campus. The aim of this collaboration is to establish a dynamic apprenticeship platform that addresses the mismatch of skills in the East African software, games and mobile application market. Forming part of our Mobile App & Game Development Program, the AppFactory will equip students with skills in programming, cloud computing and data analytics, enhancing their ability to design web and mobile-based solutions for a global market. Every six months, 15 to 20 graduates from ADMI and other local institutions, will be selected to take part in the AppFactory, and work alongside senior software engineers on real-world projects.
The ADMI AppFactory marks the third Microsoft AppFactory in Kenya and also the 19th AppFactory to be launched in the African continent. The 4Afrika Initiative is Microsoft’s business and market development engine in Africa aimed to unlock and accelerate Africa’s potential to create technology not only for the continent but for the world.
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for new graduates to gain the experience and market-relevant skills they need to apply for higher paying jobs,” says Ryno Rijnsburger, CTO of Microsoft 4Afrika. “Through this collaboration, young graduates will develop a broader range of ICT and workplace skills fundamental to success in the digital age. This is also the first AppFactory to focus on gaming, and we look forward to seeing more jobs and projects in the industry being undertaken by local professionals.”
From left to right: Microsoft4Afrika Regional Director - Amrote Abdella, ADMI Founding Director - Wilfred Kiumi, Microsoft East Africa Country Manager - Sebuh Haileleul and ADMI CEO - Dr Laila Macharia during the signing of the agreement.
“Around the world, game development had estimated revenues of $137.9 billion in 2018, while in Kenya it is predicted that the revenues will be over $31 million by 2022,” says Wilfred Kiumi, Founding Director of ADMI. “Employers have vacancies they need to fill, but there is a shortage of skilled professionals to fill them. Through this skills lab, we’re addressing the problem by providing mentorship and sharpening the skills of local youth. We’ll also be putting participants through an intensive career development programme so that they’re ready to be placed in ICT companies after graduating.”
The technological growth of Africa depends on the creative minds of its young generation who are willing to grasp the power bestowed upon them. As ADMI, we will stay true to our vision which is to create hundreds of thousands of African digital professionals and entrepreneurs sharing their creative content with the world for profit and impact.
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