Google Sandbox to link 150 software engineers to partnerships in Nairobi

The event will strengthen the firm's engagement with talent in Kenya.

Kenya and Eastern Africa Country Manager at Google, Agnes Gathaiya addresses Software engineers speaking at Google Sandbox event in Nairobi today.(pictures courtesy)

Google has hosted 150 software developers and technical industry professionals today in Nairobi, via the Google Sandbox program that seeks to activate partnerships.

The partnerships will deepen relationships within the local tech community and bring first-hand experiences of Google to industry talent in communities around the world.

Google’s Head of Developer Ecosystem in SSA, John Kimani, said the event will strengthen the firm’s engagement with talent in Kenya.

“Since we opened our first office in Africa here in Nairobi in 2007, we have helped to strengthen an Internet ecosystem in Africa that is vibrant and self-sufficient in the long term. In 2017, we made a commitment to train 100,000 developers across Africa and through our Google Africa Developer Scholarship program we have helped train 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,” said Mr Kimani.

The program aims to collaborate with communities untapped by the tech industry, whereas creating an environment for testing, experimentation and learning.

Sandbox experiences showcase Google’s technology and culture, provide exposure to Googlers and career opportunities.

It also supports professional development.

In attendance were partners and professionals from across the industry, to connect and build long-term partnerships with Google.

Country Director for Eastern Africa, Agnes Gathaiya said Africa-based software engineers will create transformative products and services for people in Africa and around the world.

“At Google, we believe that to build for everyone, we need a diversity of perspectives and ideas to have better discussions, decisions, and outcomes,” said Ms Gathaiya.

This comes nearly a month after Google Kenya celebrated its 15th anniversary since opening its Africa Office in Nairobi an event graced by President William Ruto.

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