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About MARI

The Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI) is a new research institute located in Nairobi, Kenya. Our mission is to understand, build and deploy innovative cloud and AI technologies which not only address core opportunities in Africa and help to solve local challenges at scale but which will create a more productive future globally.
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Africa is a continent of opportunity, but there are also challenges to address. By addressing these opportunities and challenges we will create the technology of the future.

The MARI will achieve its mission by tightly coupling exploratory research and with product development. As an integral part of the Office of Applied Research (OAR), the MARI will bring together researchers, engineers and designers. Further, projects will be grounded by and tightly integrated with local communities and organisations already working with these communities, to be sure of creating effective solutions to real challenges and maximizing impact. Finally, there will be a close engagement with local academic institutions to build talent and encourage a two-way flow of ideas.

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