TechInAfrica – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been the hottest trends in modern technology for these few years. Many big corporations such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are utilizing AI in their operations.
Speaking of Microsoft, the tech giant has announced a partnership with Strathmore University and Access Partnership to launch ‘AI for Good’ event series. The announcement was made at an event held at Strathmore University Law School and held at the University’s Microsoft Policy Innovation Center. The main purpose of the event was to open access to AI services and products for Kenyans and organizations. By doing this, the corporation intended to play an active role in driving economic growth, development, and inclusion.
Ahmed El Essawi, Government Affairs Manager at Microsoft Middle East and Africa, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Strathmore and Access Partnership in creating awareness around the new frontier that AI will bring to Kenya. Showcasing Microsoft’s role as an ally for stakeholders within the Kenyan corporate sphere and ensuring its citizens can benefit from the full potential that AI technologies bring with it will only mean that ultimately, some of the region’s most pervasive problems will be addressed head-on.”
Meanwhile, Winnie Karanu, Business Development and Program Manager at Microsoft stated: “Through providing workers, entrepreneurs, and organizations with access to high-quality digital tools, they will be empowered to compete at a global level and be at the forefront of economic transformation. The success of implementation will depend on the ability of governments to foster collaboration among all stakeholders — state and civil society, academia, industry, and national and international stakeholders. If all parties embrace the challenges of AI, Kenya will reap the benefits of a vibrant AI ecosystem.”
Commenting on their collaboration with Microsoft, Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, Director for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at Strathmore University, remarked: “Strathmore has always aimed to be at the forefront of issues that impact the country at large. Digital Transformation and AI are topics that need to be unpacked in a favorable space, bringing stakeholders, government officials, and policymakers together for knowledge sharing.”