Google Launches First Developers Space in Lagos, Africa

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As a part of the tech giant’s plan to provide a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, developers and investors in the African tech community, Google as launched a Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. This will be a first of its kind in Africa.

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Google has a number of these Developers Space all over the globe as a home for Developers and Startups to learn, connect, engage, and be inspired.

Back in July 2017, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, had mentioned the company’s plans to commence the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program by launching a space of this magnitude in support of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa.

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Making this announcement on Tuesday, the Launchpad Accelerator Africa head of Operations, Onajite Emerhor, said; “Google is strengthening its commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa by opening the Google Developers Space today. We have partnered with Impact Hub to bring the Space to life and worked with a local company called Spacefinish, which designed it specifically to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We’re looking forward to working with startups and other players in the ecosystem from across the continent at the Space”.

The statement went ahead to state that the users of the space will not be charged at all despite the fact that it will sustain developer meetups, training, experts’ office hours, Women in tech events, startup programs, Google initiatives and so much more.

Talking about the Developers Space, Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan, said; “This space is the next step to our support for developers across the continent. From our commitment to train 100,000 developers across Africa and the launch of developer merchant support in the Google Play store, making it possible for developers to earn money through apps they build. We are excited to continue our journey with the African startup and developer communities,”

With this development, things are certainly looking bright for the tech industry in Nigeria. For a while there, it seemed the industry was taking a back seat in the country’s scheme of things. Now it appears that great inventions are in store for us.

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