We want to empower Africa’s youth, developers and startups: Microsoft #MAS2019

We want to empower Africa’s youth, developers and startups: Microsoft #MAS2019


Chris Lwanga, Microsoft Senior Director, Software Partnership shared Microsoft’s desire to empower Africa’s youth, developers and startups to excel. He shared this as a keynote speaker at MEST Africa Summit 2019 and MEST Africa Challenge in Nairobi, Kenya.

Speaking to the audience he highlighted the need to focus on the youth and empower them to make an impact. Chris says “Microsoft’s doors are open to students, developers and startups”, an iteration of projects like Head Start.

Microsoft also led sessions on Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and expounded on the Microsoft cloud.

OZE(Ghana), Snode Technologies(South Africa) and Wayawaya Ltd(Kenya) tied to win the MEST Africa Challenge. They will each receive $50K in equity investment from MEST Africa and $25K in credit from Microsoft.

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MEST, Microsoft announce 2019 Pan-African Tech Summit, MEST Africa Summit 2019

MEST, Microsoft announce 2019 Pan-African Tech Summit, MEST Africa Summit 2019

MEST Africa Summit 2019
MEST Africa Summit panel discusion

The fourth edition of MEST Africa Summit will be in collaboration with Microsoft. This year Microsoft partners with MEST in the event as platinum sponsors. The summit will explore the latest innovations in the African tech ecosystem. Mest Africa Summit 2019 will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from June 10th to the 12th.

The 3 day Pan-African Tech Summit will have keynotes, fireside chats, panel discussions and workshops. It will look to discuss key topics impacting entrepreneurs and investors in Africa’s technology space.
Conversations will range from the impact of AI and machine learning on Africa’s workforce, the role of tech in cultivating a more energy-efficient Africa, ways data is being used to enable financial inclusion on the continent, how key sectors and innovations are contributing to the ecosystem, etc.

At Microsoft we believe in empowering every organization and person to do more. The work that MEST does with innovators in Africa aligns perfectly with our mission to transform people’s lives through technology engagement.” – Chris Lwanga, Senior Director Software Partnerships, Microsoft

As we gear up for this year’s Summit, we’re excited to welcome some of Africa’s most engaging entrepreneurs, partners, corporate leaders and ecosystem facilitators.
We’re thrilled to partner with Microsoft, whose entrepreneur toolkit is helping developers across the continent more easily build impactful solutions.
We look forward to diving deep into discussions around the innovations and solutions that are rapidly driving change on the continent
.” – Aaron Fu, Managing Director, MEST


MEST Africa Summit 2019 will also host the Mest Africa Challenge finals. Competing regional finalist will pitch to win the grand price of $50K in equity investment and the chance to join the MEST community. Finalist teams are from Ghana(OZE), Nigeria(Ampz_TV), South Africa(Snode Technologies), Kenya(Wayawaya Ltd) and Cote d’Ivoire(Seekewa).

Register to attend MEST Africa Summit 2019 or be part of the conversation.