Microsoft AppFactory – bringing app ideas to life

Microsoft believes that there are many people in Africa with a great idea for an app but who simply don't have the development time or resource to get it built. With an intention to help bridge that gap, two AppFactories have been set up in South Africa and Egypt. At full capacity, these will be staffed by 30 paid interns. The internships are designed as a 9-12 month engagements, however they're also designed to create a roadmap to employment.

New Platform,
Unending Potential

Windows has been re-imagined into a whole new dimension. The new RT platform opens the door to thousands of apps and a world of possibilities - and opportunities.

The catch is that so few of those apps are actually relevant and useful for South African users.

So Microsoft South Africa has set up an exciting initiative called the AppFactory, in partnership with the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, which will transform brilliant ideas from consumers into locally relevant, world-class Windows 8 applications. The AppFactory is an internship programme that recruits young developers and helps them gain vital work experience while building fun and clever apps that will be published in the Windows 8 store.

Everyone benefits!

• Locally relevant apps will give all SA users a rich and meaningful Windows RT experience
• Young up-and-coming developers will gain real-world experience to prepare them for the workplace,making it easier for them to find jobs and giving them more to offer their prospective employers
• Windows 8 users who have exceptional ideas for apps but not the ability or tools to create them cansee their concepts come to life

Get involved in this
brilliant venture:

Do you have an outstanding idea for an app?

This is your chance to make it happen! Submit your original concept via our Ideas portal on our Facebook page -

Are you an enthusiastic young developer looking for valuable work experience?

From time to time we will be looking for new interns, so if you’ve got a matric and experience in .Net, C# and XAML or HTML5 and Java Script, keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest details.

Are you
in the area?

We’ve made our home in Braamfontein in the Johannesburg CBD, where we’re contributing to the urban revitalisation initiative. If you’re in the area, pop in and be inspired by what we’re doing.

Looking ahead

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for the future, including partnering with other educational institutions, developing external apps for paying customers and establishing micro-businesses. The AppFactory is starting out on an adventure of innovation and we look forward to seeing all the possibilities for Windows 8 apps come to life.

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