re – IBM links researchers, African students

That IBM is

placing bets on African countries where it has launched a mentoring program for college students.

The project, called Makocha Minds, using the Swahili word for “teachers,” puts 250 of IBM’s top researchers in regular contact with engineering, math and computing students at universities in 10 sub-Saharan countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Botswana, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. full story here

is some real good news. I often wonder why the big names in the Industry(IBM, Lucent, Motorola, HP etc) are still quite hessistant to come into Africa full-time and set up manufacturing plants, Research and Development offices, rather than sales offices, thereby tapping into the minds of Africans – these pent up minds that have nothing to do/think about and are being redirected into idleness and questionable practices.

Other technology companies have tried strengthening their interactions in Africa, including Google Inc., whose foundation has backed business-plan competitions in Ghana and Tanzania. However, experts in international technology development said IBM’s mentoring program appears unique

“We need to be familiar with different cultures and languages and operations in the African countries. What we want is the African people and African businesses to look at IBM as a trusted provider.”

my answer:
IBM and all the others, we are waiting. Our wait is long-overdue!

Talking about Google, a Google Inc-South Africa networking session was held recently.

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