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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Zuckerberg supported #IT training company comes to #Uganda


It is very frustrating when Uganda is poised to get decent investments in technology and then the moron who runs ICT takes it upon himself to knock half the country off the communication grid.  Then they wonder why their youth are unemployed. We are in a wired village now and all phones must be working all the time.  
BUT the witch, pig, then shows up saying "We disconnected registerd Sim Cards to test how we were going to deactivate none registered ones"...in Production more over. IMBECILES!  Hire qualified people for crying out loud and stop being so arrogant just because you are eating.  We can give you some phone numbers of others who were eating and where are they now?  Zikusoka!
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– the Nigerian-based innovative software training company which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  has invested $24-million in – is opening its third African headquarters in Uganda. Andela already operates tech campuses in Nigeria and Kenya.
Andela was launched in 2014 to solve "the shortage of high-quality talent," its CEO Jeremy Johnson told me. "Three years ago we started Andela to build a network of top software developers across the African continent and bridge the divide between the US and African tech sectors. To say the least, it’s been a crazy run – 60,000 applicants later, we’ve shown a few people that engineers can look a little different."
During a surprise visit to Africa last August, Zuckerberg said of the continent: "This is where the future is going to be built”. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invested $24-million in the Andela training program in June 2016 as part of its Series B funding, along with GV (Google Ventures). Andela has raised $39-million in total, including its Series A round in June 2015, which was led by Spark Capital and included existing investors Founder Collective, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, and Africa­based CRE Ventures.
"The thing that's striking [about Lagos] is the energy, the entrepreneurial energy," Zuckerberg said at the time. "There's this energy here, you feel it as soon as you get off the place. The world needs to see that. Here is Lagos, and across the continent, things are really shifting. Things are moving from a resource-based economy and its shifting to entrepreneurial, knowledge-based economy. It's not only shaping the country but the whole continent." Zuckerberg also visited Kenya, which he praised as the "world leader" in mobile money.
Johnson told me Andela is "trying to solve two separate, giant, complicated problems at the same time. In Africa, we're working to increase the technical capacity of the ecosystems we operate in while also unlocking human potential at scale. One of the hardest parts of building a robust tech ecosystem is getting a critical mass of talented developers in one place. Andela is solving that.
"Internationally, we're working to reduce the challenges companies face trying to hire technical talent. There are currently five open jobs for every developer looking for one in the U.S. alone, and it's estimated there will be 1.3-million software development jobs created in the next 10 years with only 400,000 [U.S.] domestic computer science grads to fill them. Andela developers are the kind of people who, had they been born in India, would have ended up at the IIT's, or in the US, MIT and Cal Tech. To have the opportunity to work with these kinds of people is a privilege that our partner companies appreciate."
He adds: "In three years, we've grown from a founding team of six to just over 600 employees worldwide. 400 of those are developers, the majority of whom are working as full-time engineering team members at leading tech companies around the world. The success stories usually start with a company being critical of this new model they've never heard of, but giving it a try because a friend of theirs is already doing it and says the engineers are great. Two months later, they reach out and say 'Wait a minute, are there more developers like this? The best engineer on my team is a young woman from Nairobi, how did this happen?' Those are our favorite stories."
After the growth in Nigeria and Kenya Johnson says Uganda was an obvious next step for them. "Over the past year, we analyzed every country on the continent with a population size over 3-million, looking at a series of metrics including internet penetration, education rates, and median age. Uganda is home to 40-million people with an average age of 25 – the second-youngest population in the world – and Kampala alone counts more than twelve technology hubs. It was a natural next step for Andela as we continue expanding across the continent."
After installing its Google Fibre initiative in Kampala, the search giant says it saw a massive uptake of internet and digital services.
Johnson is especially proud of how many female engineers Andela has trained. "The global average for women in software engineering is 7%. Most of the major tech companies are around this percentage as well. At Andela, we're already up to over 350 engineers in three years, and I'm deeply proud that we are 25% female. Now, I'd be even more proud of being 50/50, but this is something we spend a lot of time and energy on as an organization, and plan to continue working on."
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