Microsoft launches NextTechAfrica events to connect with local business leaders & innovators


Microsoft has launched the NexTech Africa, a new flagship Africa technology event taking place on 2 and 3 February 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya aimed at connecting technology & business leaders, Microsoft engineers, local developers and entrepreneurs, in an effort to listen, engage and collaborate on developing more locally relevant technology.

Themed: Building for Africa, the event aims help African entrepreneurs solve many business and market related challenges across sectors from healthcare to fintech.

According Kunle Awosika, Country Manager of Microsoft Kenya said, “We believe in the power of the emerging technologies to connect people to key services and boost productivity, while utilizing unique and differentiated business models. Our goal with this event is to bring various players together and collaborate, so that we can equip our innovators with the right technology-based tools and infrastructure, helping them create and scale more of these solutions.”

External speakers at the event include Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan ICT Ministry; Ranjith Cherickel, CEO of; Regina Honu, CEO of Soronko Solutions; and Andreas Fruhen, CIO of M-KOPA Solar. Microsoft representatives include Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft; T.K Rengarajan, Corporate VP of AI & Research; Hoop Somuah, Technical Advisor to the Microsoft CEO; and Kunle Awosika, Country Manager for Microsoft in Kenya.

Registrations for the event are currently open at For those unable to attend, the full two-day event will be broadcast live on the website and at Updates can also be followed on Twitter using #NXTA.

The two-day line-up will include a series of talks, sessions and forums on topics including cloud, big data, machine learning, the Internet of Things, digital transformation and technology in emerging markets. In addition, attending entrepreneurs and developers will have the opportunity to engage with Microsoft engineers on a 1:1 basis.

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Microsoft aims to use this event to accelerate initiatives like 4Afrika, mobile and cloud technology and showcase world-class African solutions that are ready to go global.