Google Meets Over 500 Tech Stakeholders To Discuss Innovation & Entreprenuership In Kenya

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Google-logo1 Google this week is meeting over 500 key tech players, advertising agencies, government, developers, publishers and Swahili language specialists  to discuss the role of technology in Kenya’s future by driving growth and innovation.

According to Joseph Mucheru, Kenya Country Manager and Google SSA ambassador: “We want to share the value that digital can bring to different sectors, but also connect Kenyan businesses with local talent who can execute on their digital strategy. Our vision is to align the Kenyan private sector with homegrown talent so as to create a local thriving digital ecosystem.”

The week-long program will also link developers to local businesses through a series of interactive Developer Groups to help them tap into the Kenya Vision 2030.

Vision 2030 is Kenya’s long-term development blue-print  to transform the country into a newly industrialising, middle-income country with better standards of living for all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.

 

Didier Goibert, Google Director of Enterprise, EMEA also added how important the web has become.

He said, “The web is fundamentally changing the way we work and removing the borders. Over 5 million businesses have now moved to Google Apps. This demonstrates how technology and the Internet are helping businesses to grow.”

 

Didier Goibert, Google Director of Enterprise, EMEA also added how important the web has become.

He said, “The web is fundamentally changing the way we work and removing the borders. Over 5 million businesses have now moved to Google Apps. This demonstrates how technology and the Internet are helping businesses to grow.”

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Google’s series of workshops dubbed Going Google and Think with Google are the first events of their kind to be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Nairobi series of workshops for publishers and media houses will facilitate a transfer of important skills and tools for online success.  Going Google Africa, led by Google Enterprise and e-Momentum (a Nairobi-based Google Apps Premier Partner) will host CEOs and CIOs to demonstrate the critical role online solutions are playing in business, and the shift from personal productivity to collaboration across physical boundaries.

 

Didier Goibert, Google Director of Enterprise, EMEA also added how important the web has become.

He said, “The web is fundamentally changing the way we work and removing the borders. Over 5 million businesses have now moved to Google Apps. This demonstrates how technology and the Internet are helping businesses to grow.”

Think with Google will highlight the importance of industry and consumer insights to marketing decision makers and influencers, especially during economic slowdowns. The session will include discussions around: how technology and the Internet can help businesses grow and succeed in a slowdown; how to structure your organisation to ensure people thrive; how to innovate and stay ahead of the competition whilst driving profitability; and how to utilise and share data to discover game-changing opportunities and make the right decisions. Meeting these challenges requires businesses to innovate, and this is what Think with Google is all about: inspiring businesses to meet these challenges.

 

The goal of the Google in Swahili workshop, planned towards the end of the week, is to initiate discussion with Swahili experts and enthusiasts on how to increase local content in Swahili on the Internet. “While various Google products are available in Swahili, Swahili content online is still minimal compared to languages such as English or French,” explains Salome Nduku, Google SSA Localization Specialist. The workshop will also explore Google services in Swahili, Google Translator Toolkit and examine the role of Swahili in the 21st Century.

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The 10 events and 2 roundtables will be rolled out over a period of four days between Tuesday November 6th and Friday November 9th 2012.