Global tech large, Google introduced the launching of its first Developer Space on the African Continent in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Google Developer Space is a hub for African builders, entrepreneurs and startups. It can even home the Google Launchpad Accelerator, Africa. This step by Google is the realisation of the dedication of Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google to Africa in 2017.
The Google Developer Space In Africa
In 2017, Sundar Pichar made a dedication to African entrepreneurs to begin the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and to create an area to deal with the trouble in Nigeria. In a bid to attain this, Google has simply offered a hub the place entrepreneurs, mentors, VCs and buyers can join and collaborate with one another.
As a consequence, it partnered with Impact Hub to convey the Space to life. It additionally labored with a Local Company, Spacefinish to design and create an atmosphere that fosters collaboration and innovation.
Now, this Google Developer Space will be accessed by everybody. According to Onajite Emerhor, Head of Operations, Launchpad Accelerator Africa; “Starting today, members of the African tech community can use this Space for free.”
Information additionally has it that, the services encompass a 120-seating capability corridor, assembly rooms, lounge/cafe, and others.
The Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa
Emerhor additional states on the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa; “the house will assist developer meetups, coaching, consultants workplace hours, ladies in tech occasions, startup applications (outdoors of Launchpad). It can even associate with organisers of occasions that assist the broader entrepreneur and the developer ecosystem. Also, it’ll assist Google initiatives for empowering folks by way of digital skills and coaching.”
The Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme started in 2018. And, since then, Google has labored with 47 startups from 17 African international locations together with Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and others. With this, it has raised thousands and thousands of in funding, and created a whole bunch of jobs.
Also, Emerhor disclosed “the launch of this house demonstrates our continued dedication to the Sub-Saharan African startup and developer ecosystems. As a part of our assist for builders, we run applications comparable to Google Developer Groups and Women Techmakers, offering coaching and assist for builders aligned with real-life job competency necessities. Community teams have interaction in actions like Study Jams – examine teams for builders.
Africa’s startup ecosystem is rising and we’re wanting ahead to working with startups and different gamers within the ecosystem from throughout the continent on the house.”
Google In Africa
Google has a imaginative and prescient to assist bridge the developer-skills hole in Africa by offering higher entry to high-quality, world-class expertise on cellular applied sciences and platforms. It goals to coach 100,000 builders and aspiring new builders throughout Africa. There are a number of programmes organised by Google for tech ecosystem in Africa to be able to obtain the imaginative and prescient.
Some of that are;
Google Developer Groups (GDS)
There are 173 lively Google Developer Groups (GDGs) in Africa, which give a chance for builders to satisfy different builders with comparable pursuits at GDG meetup occasions.
The occasion enjoys talks on a variety of technical subjects and hands-on workshops. GDGs additionally host DevFests – community-led developer occasions targeted on neighborhood constructing and studying about Google’s applied sciences.
Google’s Women Techmakers program supplies visibility, neighborhood, and sources for ladies in know-how. It has over 150 chapters throughout 25 international locations in Africa. The goal is to create a supportive world neighborhood the place ladies can join, be impressed, and encourage one another to appreciate their passions.
The program started in 2012 as an annual occasion, however now has change into a group of Googlers who’re enthusiastic about empowering ladies in know-how.
From 2014 until date, the group is regularly launching world scalable initiatives. It can also be piloting new applications to assist and empower ladies within the trade.
Already, info has it that Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa represent the biggest tech industries in Africa. This new improvement will additional strengthen the trade and can spur extra African tech entrepreneurs to be extra productive.
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