Infrastructure Masons and African Datacentre Association announce Strategic Alliance
The Infrastructure Masons (iM) and the African Data Centres Association (ADCA) are forming a Strategic Alliance to cooperate in supporting and promoting the Digital Infrastructure Industry in Africa. The cooperation will be in the form of collaborating at trade events, organising gatherings of individuals working in the Digital Infrastructure Industry in Africa, raising awareness of the industry to young people, and attracting new talent. iMasons will provide scholarships to students applying for iM approved qualifications at local (African) colleges – the main criteria being that the course could result in the student entering the Digital Infrastructure Industry. iM aims to continue to award at least 50% of scholarships to women.
iM are planning to open a number of Local Chapters across the continent. The vision of iM is to Unite the Builders of the Digital Age by providing the platform for iM Members to “Connect, Grow and Give Back“. An iM Local Chapter is a geographically specified area or region where the Digital Infrastructure Industry (End Users and Industry Partners) benefit from regional focus and coordination.
Whenever iMasons meet – we leave our companies at the door.
“Africa has great potential and talent for the digital age, given the relatively young demographic average age and the success to date of the penetration of mobile telephony.
The Africa Data Centre Association is delighted with this iMasons initiative to open local Chapters across the continent, and in particular, its investment in education, diversity and inclusion. This is an exciting time for capacity development in Africa.” Fatoumata Sarr-Dieng, President Africa Data Centre Association.
Ayotunde Coker, Secretary General of Africa Data Centre Association, presented with iM Education Champion Medal at iMasons Diversity and Inclusion Gala in Monaco 2019. $89k raised for scholarships – 100% to Women of which some of the benefits would be in developing African women in infrastructure. iM D&I Gala in Monaco.
Interview with Tunde Coker Managing Director of Rack Centre – The first and only carrier neutral data centre in Africa to be Tier III Constructed Facility Certified
“There is great potential across Africa for development of digital infrastructure and we’re seeing increasing interest and activity….. We’re very excited and honoured to be forming a strategic alliance with the ADCA.” Simon Allen, Infrastructure Masons Executive Director.
About Infrastructure Masons
Infrastructure Masons (iM) was established in 2016 with a vision to Unite the Builders of the Digital Age by providing infrastructure executives and technical professionals an independent forum to connect, grow and give back. iM is led by an Advisory Council that is comprised of leadership from the biggest Digital Infrastructure organizations in the world.
The current priority of iM is to Bridge the Talent Gap (by Promoting Awareness, EDU & Scholarships and addressing Diversity). iM are raising $1m for scholarships – 50% for women. Learn more at https://imasons.org/
The Africa Data Centre Association (ADCA) was established in August 2018 as a body to represent and foster the development and growth of the information technology infrastructure ecosystem for development and transformation in Africa. Its membership consists of leaders in the data centre and Cloud infrastructure ecosystem, and all players in the infrastructure value chain in Africa and those internationally who have an interest in the development of the industry in Africa. Learn more at http://africadca.org/en/
ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE MASONS
Infrastructure Masons (iMasons) is a non-profit, professional association of technology and business leaders who represent over $150Bn in infrastructure projects in over 130 countries. The organization is guided by an Advisory Council comprised of global leaders who manage some of the largest digital infrastructure portfolios in the world. The iMasons vision is to Unite the Builders of the Digital Age by enabling our global membership to Connect, Grow, and Give Back. Members leave their companies at the door and connect as individuals. IMasons has four strategic industry priorities – increase Awareness, enhance Education opportunities, champion Diversity & Inclusion, and promote Sustainability through deep member engagement.