Google, Microsoft, IBM Target Africa

Top American software manufacturers are testing the African nation of Uganda as a viable market by sponsoring software development competitions and mentorship programs for lecturers and students at Makerere University, according to a report in East African Business Week.

Makerere Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba said last month in Kampala that software makers Google, Microsoft and IBM hope to influence the African market through Uganda because of its potential as an ICT hub in the region.

Prof. Baryamureeba said the initiative is meant to identify talent and support it so as to benefit through global outsourcing programs. He said Google would run a software gadgets development competition for students while IBM is running a mentorship program where students and lecturers from Makerere University work with IBM experts to improve on their skills.

The IBM project — known as the Makocha Minds mentorship program — aims at training students and lecturers in areas where they have interest so that they can sharpen their skills and insight for one year. Already, 30 students and lecturers have been enrolled and are working with experts from IMB through an e-learning program.  

Top American software manufacturers are testing the African nation of Uganda as a viable market by sponsoring software development competitions and mentorship programs for lecturers and students at Makerere University, according to a report in East African Business Week.

Makerere Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba said last month in Kampala that software makers Google, Microsoft and IBM hope to influence the African market through Uganda because of its potential as an ICT hub in the region.

Prof. Baryamureeba said the initiative is meant to identify talent and support it so as to benefit through global outsourcing programs. He said Google would run a software gadgets development competition for students while IBM is running a mentorship program where students and lecturers from Makerere University work with IBM experts to improve on their skills.

The IBM project — known as the Makocha Minds mentorship program — aims at training students and lecturers in areas where they have interest so that they can sharpen their skills and insight for one year. Already, 30 students and lecturers have been enrolled and are working with experts from IMB through an e-learning program.  

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