- The event was a networking session to create synergies between Google and the software engineers.
- This is by bringing first-hand Google experiences to industry talent in communities around the world, particularly those untapped by the tech industry.
Google hosted 150 software developers and technical industry professionals to a full-day event of talks and workshops in Nairobi.
Dubbed Google Sandbox, the programme seeks to activate partnerships to deepen relationships within the local tech community.
The event was a networking session to create synergies between Google and the software engineers.
This is by bringing first-hand Google experiences to industry talent in communities around the world, particularly those untapped by the tech industry.
The event engaged talent and brought together partners and professionals from across the industry to connect and build long-term partnerships with Google.
This comes nearly a month after Google Kenya celebrated its 15th anniversary since opening its Africa office in Kenya.
The event was presided over by President William Ruto.
Sandbox showcases Google’s technology and culture through an immersive environment of collaboration, innovation, testing, and learning.
They provide exposure to Googlers, career opportunities, and support professional development.
Google's head of developer ecosystem in Subsaharan Africa John Kimani said the software developers' event strengthens Google’s engagement with talent in Kenya.
“Since we opened our first office in Nairobi in 2007, we have helped to strengthen an internet ecosystem in Africa that is vibrant and self-sufficient in the long term,” Kimani said.
He said that in 2017, Google committed to training 100,000 developers in Africa.
Through their Google Africa Developer Scholarship programme, Google has trained more than 105,000 developers.
“This engagement is just one part of our overarching work to support and contribute to the broader tech talent ecosystem,” he said.
Google country director for EA, Agnes Gathaiya said that African-based software engineers will create transformative products and services for people in Africa and around the world.
“Google believes that to build for everyone, we need a diversity of perspectives and ideas to have better discussions, decisions, and outcomes,” Gathaiya said.
The Sandbox programme builds on the development term, “sandbox” as an environment for testing, experimentation, and learning.
It aims to engage and support local tech communities and partners that have been previously untapped by Google.
They aim to foster connections between Google and these communities, inspire them to collaborate and innovate, and brand Google as an employer of choice for underrepresented talent.