Technology company IBM will be opening a research laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya — the first of its research labs on the African continent. The announcement came via a news release Monday.
IBM president Ginni Rometty met with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki to mark the announcement. The laboratory, IBM Research - Africa, is being launched in a partnership between IBM and the Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).
IBM Research - Africa will also be home to a Resident Scientist Program to recruit top R&D talent throughout the continent. Ideal candidates will be pre- and post-doctoral researchers in either academia or the private sector. Resident Scientists will be given one-year tenure with the opportunity for renewal and will have access to IBM’s talent both at IBM Research - Africa and throughout the company’s global research laboratory network.
The lab is IBM’s 12th worldwide and the latest footprint the company is making on the continent, where it has had a presence for the past 60 years across 20 countries. IBM Research - Africa will bring the company’s research resources to bear on some of the world’s most intractable and long-standing problems, affecting a rapidly growing population with increasing access to consumer technology, particularly cell phones.
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