Google launches first Developers Space in Africa

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The tech giant, Google launched its first developers space in Africa through Nigeria.

This launch which is to support Nigeria’s Digital Economy Strategy, is in line with Google’s commitment in 2017, to build on Nigeria’s tech potential to grow Africa’s tech space.

The Developers Space, located in Ikoyi, Lagos, is the flagship startup and developer hub in Africa.

This hub provides the African tech community with access to Google’s resources, programs, tech and business mentors.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, made a commitment to African entrepreneurs In July 2017,  to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a space to house these efforts in Nigeria.

Further reports state that Google launched the Google Developers Space in Lagos to provide a home where entrepreneurs, developers, VCs and investors can connect and collaborate with each other.

The Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan spoke about the importance of the hub and the strides of Google in Sub-Saharan Africa, relating that the centre stands to create an enabling environment for tech economy in Africa.

“African continent is blessed with great talent and immense human resources.

This hub would provide access to facilities, mentors, infrastructure, coaching, investors and support for business.

“This is also a platform for collaboration and partnerships, as well as fulfilling Google’s commitment to; support technology, provide space for idea sharing and provide 10 million Nigerians with digital skills in 5 years.

 “with the right support system, the world could see great solutions come out of Africa,” she concluded.

The Head of Operations, Launchpad Accelerator Africa, Onajite Emerhor reiterated that, in line with Google’s commitment to providing opportunities to build a network, get access to opportunities, get access to mentors, and a chance to collaborate, the Developers Space is a place for startups to learn, work and grow.

She also informed that the Developers Space is open to anyone around the continent that may need it, in as much as the need is related to tech and digital skills.

Supporting the Digital Economy Strategy of Nigeria

Representing the Honourable Minister for Communication & Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, the Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), Dr Abimbola Alale, shared that the Developer Space helps to capture two parts of the Digital Economy Strategy of the Ministry.

  • Creating an enabling tech environment for the youthful society
  • Providing a Digital Mastering Platform

The Minister also shared the space launch aligns with the target set by the Honourable Minister for the Digital Economy of the country.

He opined that five more such spaces are needed so that the country could have one in each of the geopolitical zones of the country.

The developers space would also be home to Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Program.

Whenever the program is not in progress, the space is open to Tech talks, Masterclasses, Startup Bootcamps, Policy & VC roundtables, Design Sprints, workshops, Study Jams Developer community meetups, and more, all at no cost to the users.

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