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ASIA PACIFIC: Microsoft and 13 Asia Pacific companies have recently launched a training program to help women gain greater opportunities in the region's fast-growing cloud, artificial intelligence, and digital technology sectors.

In the Code; Without Barriers program, Microsoft will provide training and certification in the cloud and Artificial Intelligence platforms to allow more technical talent pools in the participating countries. Career fairs, hackathons, mentorship, and business leaders’ support are in the offing to nurture and develop female entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region.

The 13 companies are committed to improving diversity and opening opportunities to female creators and developers within their organisations.

The participating companies in the program are: Accenture, AvePoint, Government Big Data Institute, HCL Technologies, Just Analytics, MetLife, NTT Ltd, PALO IT, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Simbiotik Technologies, Thoughtworks, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

These organisations belong to education, energy, financial services, technology and public sectors in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Andrea Della Mattea, President for Microsoft in Asia Pacific, said that Code; Without Barriers was created so that the countries involved can achieve their national digital agendas for truly inclusive economic growth.

For its next release, Code; Without Barriers is coming up with a community playbook that teaches about handling biases and sustaining diversity in emerging technologies.

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