Last updated on July 15th, 2020 at 11:45 am
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The Google Launchs the First Google Developer Space in Africa Housing the Google Launchpad Accelerator in Africa.
The new Google Developer Space is located in Africa’s most active tech hub, Lagos, Nigeria. The hub is open to African developers, entrepreneurs, and startups both in Financial Technology (fintech) and blockchain technology.
The new hub will house the Google Launchpad Accelerator in Africa. Tech Enthusiats and other members of the African tech community can use the space for free starting today.
The new Google Developer Space will also host developers meetups, training, experts office hours, women-in-tech events, and startup programmes (outside of the Google Launchpad Accelerator).
It will also support partner events that supports the entrepreneur and developer ecosystem. And also it will house the Google initiatives for empowering people through digital skills training.
This is a promise fulfilled by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. During his visit to Nigeria and Kenya in 2017, he made a commitment to tech community in Nigeria to build a Google Launchpad Accelerator in Africa to house efforts in the space.
“To make sure we took the needs of the African tech ecosystem into account, we partnered and co-located with Impact Hub to bring the Space to life and worked with a local company, Spacefinish to design and create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation,” reads the post on the Google Africa Blog.
“The launch of this space demonstrates our continued commitment to the Sub-Saharan African startup and developer ecosystems. As part of our support for developers, we run programs such as Google Developer Groups and Women Techmakers, providing training and support for developers aligned with real-life job competency requirements. Community groups engage in activities like Study Jams – study groups for developers,” the post further says.
With the emergence of tech solutions and startup in Africa, google hopes to play a part in the tech revolution by collaborating with these startups and other players in the ecosystem around Africa.