Google aims to provide 10M Nigerians with digital skills in the next 5 years starting with the siting of It’s First Developers Space In Africa in Nigeria
Located in Ikoyi, Lagos, this project supports Nigeria’s digital Economy Strategy and is in fulfillment of Google’s CEO’s commitment, in 2017, to build on Nigeria’s tech potential to grow Africa’s tech space.
The Lagos Developers Space will provide that home, and a space where entrepreneurs, developers, VCs and investors can connect and collaborate with each other.
Sharing about the value this hub offers and the strides of Google in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Country Director, Google, Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan, related that the centre stands to create an enabling environment for tech in Africa.
Acknowledging that the African continent is blessed with great talent and immense human resources, she iterated that the hub would provide access to facilities, mentors, infrastructure, coaching, investors and support for business.
Juliet shared, providing a platform for collaboration and partnerships, the hub’s creation is a step towards fulfilling Google’s commitment to:
- Support Technology
- Provide space for idea sharing
- Provide 10M Nigerians with digital skills in 5 years.
This commitment and hub were borne of Google’s belief that “with the right support system, the world could see great solutions come out of Africa,” she concluded.
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.
The Developers Space would also be home to Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Program. The space is also 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.
Intending users can book the Developers Space for free here.