Google Inc. CEO, Sundar Pichai is the latest global tech firm chief to visit Lagos; the commercial capital of Nigeria. Following trips last year by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.
He revealed (at the #GoogleForNigeria program held in Lagos) that his tech company would be training 10 million Africans in the next five years.
Below are some of the benefits in form of various programs, grants and products that are aimed at African entrepreneurs and consumers from his visit.
- A $40 smartphone
ICE 2 runs on the latest Android OS version. And it will cost $40 (approx. ₦14, 610). This would be a game changer for the smartphone market in Nigeria.
2. Expansion of Google Digital Skills For Africa
At the Lagos event, Google announced an expansion of their training program (Digital Skills for Africa) to accommodate 100,000 people across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
“Last year we set out to help bridge the digital skills gap in Africa when we pledged to train one million young people in the region and we’ve exceeded this target. Through either in-person or online training, we help people learn to build a web presence, use Search to find jobs, get tips to enhance their CV, use social media, and so on. Now we’re expanding this program and committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years. We’ll also be providing mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world-class apps, with an initial focus on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa,” Sundar said.
3. Google.org Grants
A statement released by Google at the end of the event read in part: “Our charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20 million over the next five years to non-profits that are working to improve lives across Africa. We’re giving $2.5 million in initial grants to the nonprofit arms of African start-ups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula to provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria. The grantees will also develop new digital learning materials that will be free for anyone to use.
“We also want to invite non-profits from across the continent to share their ideas for how they could impact their community and beyond. So were launching a Google.org Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018 to award $5 million in grants. Any eligible non-profit in Africa can apply, and anyone will be able to help select the best ideas by voting online.”
4.Lagos Now On Street View In Google Maps
More than 100,000 additional Nigerian small businesses have been added on Google Maps. Lagos on Street View was launched with 10,000 kilometers of imagery, including the most important historic roads in the city.
Now, you can virtually drive along the Carter Bridge to the National Stadium or across the Eko Bridge, down to the Marina; all on your smartphone.
5. Google Launchpad Accelerator
Google additionally launched its African version of its Launchpad Accelerator program, which is likely to be held in Lagos.
“Based on our global Launchpad Accelerator program, this initiative will provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African start-ups over three years. Intensive three-month programs, held twice per year, will run out of a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos; the programs first location outside of the United States.” Sundar said.
Originally posted 2017-08-07 16:43:28.