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Africa to Redmond, Hack For Africa: Microsoft is recruiting Students for Engineering Roles.

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Microsoft is on a quest to recruit students into engineering roles at its Redmond campus. The initiative dubbed Africa to Redmond is set to take place in selected Universities across the continent.

Africa at 2017 Microsoft Imagine

The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to recruit students from Africa into full-time engineering roles at Microsoft. This is part of Microsoft’s plan to showcase the talent pool in Africa. 

For its first iteration, University Recruiting and Africans@Microsoft have selected five universities on the continent to recruit from. University of Nairobi(Kenya), University of Lagos(Nigeria), Ashesi University (Ghana), Makerere University (Uganda), and *University of Cape Town (South Africa).

The recruitment process is going to be in three phases. An online Coding challenge, Phone, and In-person Interview. Starting with an online coding challenge for final-year students. A panel of Judges will review the entries and selected applicants will be scheduled for a phone-in interview. Selected candidates from the second stage will have an in-person interview. A successful candidate from the three steps will join Microsoft for a full-time position. The candidate will be assigned to an engineering team once they accept the offer.  

The first part of the selection, the online coding event is to show your coding skills. Students will show their engagement with coding by answering questions formulated by software engineers working at Microsoft. 

Register at and use the Event code “vsSwVE”  on the 29th July 2017 and finish the quiz between 9:30 am and 12 Midnight (the event code is subject to school, kindly check from image below)

The announcement to Africa to Redmond: Hack for Africa initiative says:

Do complex problems make you thrive? You are intellectually curious and love to innovate and collaborate. Join Microsoft to envision, create and build the solutions and tools of the future. Together, let’s empower billions. This is where grassroots innovation and large-scale engineering coexist. The environment can lead to some fascinating stories.

Functions Include:
Development Engineering: Your work is core to what we do. Development massive, complex software systems that scale to billions.

Customer-facing technologist: Use your technical expertise in the planning, execution and communications of program activities.

Benefits and Perks:

– Building world-changing solutions
-Network and collaborate with the brightest in the industry
– Work-life balance and the flexibility to work remotely allows teams to be productive anywhere
-Endless career paths filled with robust and diverse roles

For more information:

Learn more about life at Microsoft:

Here are the participating Universities

Ghana – Africa to Redmond – Programmer search from Ashesi University 

Uganda – Africa to Redmond – Programmer search from Makerere University 


South  Africa – *Africa to Redmond – Programmer search from University of Cape Town 

Nigeria – Africa to Redmond – Programmer search from University of Lagos  


Kenya – Africa to Redmond – Programmer search from University of Nairobi  


This is the first of its kind and will continue when successful. It’ll also be opened to more countries as it grows and continues. Is your university included? What do you think about this move from Microsoft.

*I’m still waiting for more details on the University of Cape Town event. – I’ll update as it comes in.

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