m:lab East Africa graduates students from Windows training programme

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m:lab East Africa and Microsoft 4Afrika have announced 57 students have graduated from their Windows training programme, with 29 awarded certificates in Windows application development.

m:lab and the 4Afrika initiative partnered last year to run the Windows training programme for developers wishing to advance their skills on the Windows platform, with over 100 students so far passing through the programme.

The graduation ceremony at the end of last week saw the students awarded their certificates, and was attended by Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika, eMobilis managing director and m:lab consortium member Ken Mwenda, and PesaPal founder Agosta Liko.

“One of m:lab East Africa’s core activities is mobile application development and entrepreneurship programmes,” the incubator said.

“The lab has partnered with key stakeholders in the ecosystem to offer individuals an opportunity to hone their skills on mobile applications technologies.This is in line with the m:lab’s mission to facilitate demand-driven innovation by regional entrepreneurs, ensuring that breakthrough low-cost, high-value mobile solutions can be developed and scaled-up into sustainable businesses that address social and economic needs.”

Microsoft is attempting to address Kenya’s youth unemployment issue by empowering young people with the necessary skills to develop mobile applications, Awosika said. The company has also created an IP Hub to help the developers protect their ideas.

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