On 19th, m:lab East Africa in partnership with Microsoft held a graduation ceremony in honor of the qualified students from the past Windows trainings. The graduation saw 57 past windows trainees who successfully completed the program and 29 appstars awarded certificates in Windows Application development.
For the past one year, m:lab East Africa in partnership with Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, has been running the Windows training program for developers wishing to advance their skills on the Windows platform. From the time it was initiated, the program has seen over 100 students trained to develop on the windows platform.
One of m:lab East Africa’s core activity is mobile application development and entrepreneurship program. 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.
The graduation ceremony was graced by top officials from Microsoft, with the key guests being; Kunle Awosika, Country Manager of Microsoft, Ken Mwenda the Managing Director of eMobilis and a member of the mlab consortium and Agosta Liko the founder and CEO Pesapal and Ticketsasa among other guests.
With youth unemployment being a major challenge in Kenya, Microsoft is addressing the unemployment issue by empowering the youth with the necessary skills to develop mobile applications, said Kunle Awosika. Microsoft has also created an IP Hub (t/iphub.co.ke ) to help the developers protect their ideas.
Agosta Liko the founder and CEO of PesaPal shared his entrepreneurial journey with the past windows trainees, how they started Pesapal and ticketsasa and the lessons they have learnt. According to Agosta,the greatest lesson he has learnt over the years is that it takes time to build a business. Education, Experience and Exposure is the Formula for Success