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Kenya Becomes Home To IBM’s Research Facility

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Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, officiated the opening of the first commercial technology research facility in Africa.

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The lab is based in the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi and is highly supported by the countries Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology through the Kenya ICT Authority. This facility is IBM’s 12th global research lab

This lab will conduct applied and far-reaching exploratory research into the grand challenges of the African continent by delivering commercially-viable innovations that impact people’s lives.

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The prestigious facility has one of Africa’s most powerful, cloud-enabled computing hubs, giving researchers the ability to analyse and draw insight from vast amounts of data in the search for solutions to major problems facing the continent; including energy, water, transportation, agriculture, healthcare, financial inclusion and public safety.

The lab’s research agenda will include the development of cognitive computing technologies which integrate learning and reasoning capabilities, enabling experts to make better decisions in areas such as healthcare delivery and financial services.

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“The establishment of this research laboratory underpins the government’s commitment to innovation ecosystems that are already available in Kenya,” said Kenyatta. “Using innovation to drive home-grown solutions, Kenya continues to lead the continent in ICT. My government is proud that Kenya, and indeed Africa, will benefit from the presence of one of the most advanced research facilities, with some of the world’s most talented people, using some of the most powerful technologies to develop solutions for some of Africa’s most intractable problems.”

The lab brings together some of the best technology talent globally. Highly educated young Kenyans – many PhDs who were previously living in the diaspora, have been deployed at the lab, building a critical mass of Kenyan experts.

Caroline Vutagwa
Caroline Vutagwa
Minding my own business is not enough for me that's why you will always find me minding Africa's Businesses as well as Technology and of course letting you know about it. Talk to me on [email protected]

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