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Microsoft to recruit 100 software engineers by end of year, 500 by 2023 to staff ADC in Lagos, Nairobi



Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella
Microsoft is on the look-out for engineering talent from across Africa to staff the $100million Africa Development Centres (ADC) located in Lagos (Nigeria) and Nairobi (Kenya).

The centre will be officially launched in an event this week. Which we will bring you more details on, so bookmark this site and stay with us.

Microsoft executives of the project like Phil Spencer, CVP Gaming visited the President of Kenya ahead of the launch.

The company says it is “seeking engineering talent from across the continent to fuel AI, machine learning and mixed reality innovation.”

Hiring Local Software Engineers

Microsoft has started hiring for various roles and positions in the African Development Center.

It plans to recruit about 100 full-time software engineers by the end of 2019 across the two sites in Nigeria and Kenya.

Expanding this number to 500 recruits across the two sites by the year 2023. The sites include the Cognition team to be based in Lagos and the Windows team in Nairobi.

The Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, Michael Fortin, shares what the ADC will mean to the software engineers.

He said;

“Our desire is to recruit exceptional engineering talent across the continent that will build innovative solutions for global impact. This also creates opportunities for engineers to do meaningful work from their home countries. And be plugged into a global engineering and development organisation.”


Microsoft to work with Local Universities

Microsoft will partner with some of the local universities in Africa to build its talent pipeline. By creating what it calls “a modern intelligent edge and cloud curriculum“, it says this will be “totally unique to Africa”.

Microsoft also says Graduates will have access to the ADC. Building a relevant and meaningful career in data science, AI, mixed reality, application development and many more.

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