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Old Mutual-backed Innovation Hub up-skilling programme launched

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By Staff Reporter


OLD Mutual Zimbabwe (OMZ) together with Eight2Five Innovation Hub has commenced its cloud computing up-skilling program for local technology and information communication technology (ICT) entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The programme seeks to up-skill local entrepreneurs and start-ups in solving real-world problems through technology.

To start the program, the two entities recently hosted the first hybrid Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Computing onboarding in Harare.

Officiating at the event, Old Mutual Zimbabwe ICT Executive Takudzwa Muzvidzwa said the cloud computing session was a success and drew over 65 developers and tech enthusiasts that attended the event in person while others joined virtually.

“Ensuring that our entrepreneurs get a globally competitive advantage is of great importance to us. This is why we took the initiative to put this together and continue the journey of empowerment,” Muzvidziwa said.

AWS Senior Developer Advocate Veliswa Boya also attended the event.

The AWS user group community seeks to offer technical resources, mentorship and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, AWS enthusiasts and emerging thought leaders.

AWS experts connect and create communities in the regions they are in across the world, and the Eight2Five hub was a great starting point for the Zimbabwean community.

The end goal is to increase the global footprint of AWS across the world and create support hubs in places where AWS doesn’t have a strong presence yet.

AWS is the most agile cloud platform, which is what start-ups need, given the prospect of scaling up fast and the demands of adding new features and applications quickly in a fast-paced digital world.

The aim of introducing AWS is to empower start-ups to take on massive challenges and build lasting companies with far-reaching impacts. AWS is not just a cloud computing service but it also offers special benefits to start-ups in terms of technical support and training.