01Talent Africa and Atos launch their first Collective Intelligence Zone that offers youth digital training in Senegal

01 Talent Africa in partnership with Atos is launching Zone01, a platform that is offering digital training as a way of accelerating digital transformation in Africa.

By Anna B Kiwanuka

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01Talent Africa, in partnership with Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, will launch Zone01 in Africa. The collective intelligence center is being set up in Dakar, Senegal, and will offer a brand-new kind of digital training to as many people as possible. The center will welcome several hundred young talents from Senegal at the Atos offices in Cité Keur Gorgui in Dakar.

This project is a part of a bigger strategic partnership that intends to speed up the digital transformation of Africa by enabling the widespread adoption of top-notch digital skills on the continent through creative, all-inclusive training programs.

01 Talent Africa and Atos commit to creating the collective force that will accelerate Africa’s digital transformation by reducing the digital divide while anchoring African local authorities and actors across the continent in the digital world. The partnership is relying on the power of peer-to-peer digital education and the extraordinary potential of African youth.

“With an average age of 19, Africa is the youngest continent in the world and will represent 40% of the world’s population by the end of the century. By working with 01Talent in Africa, we are giving these young people the opportunity to unleash their creative potential to contribute to the innovation and digital transformation of the continent,” said Alpha Barry, Head of Atos in Africa.

“We are very pleased to materialize this partnership with Atos with the opening of this first Zone01 in Senegal. This strategic initiative confirms the commitment of 01Talent and Atos to the creation of an African technology ecosystem strengthened by the training of world-class talent, essential to the accomplishment of the continent’s digital transition. This is a huge opportunity to create jobs for young people and value for local businesses. Everyone becomes an actor of change,” said Karim Sy, Strategic Director of 01Talent Africa.

With the growing global shortage of qualified skills in digital professions, the launch of Zone01 in Dakar within Atos’ premises responds to one of the main challenges of the digitalization of Senegalese territories and businesses which is access to new agile, autonomous, and collaborative talent.

The inauguration is scheduled for September 2022 at Atos’ premises in Cit√© Keur Gorgui in Dakar. An ambitious talent identification campaign started in June. Candidates wishing to take the online selection tests can register on the Zone01 Dakar website. They must be at least 18 years old to register. If they are selected, they will be able to participate in one of the three “pools” scheduled for early September, early October, and early November. The “pool” is the final step in the selection process. During this stage, candidates will be immersed for 4 weeks into 01Edu pedagogy, which is based on peer-to-peer learning and group project solving, without any class or teacher.

After Dakar, Atos and 01Talent will expand their partnership with the opening of new Zone01 notably to Egypt, Morocco, and Mauritania.

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