Google to Support Delta State’s Open Innovation Hackathon 2016


Google (West Africa) is organizing an expert group of developers in her arsenal to deliver a world-class experience Developers Event on Saturday 19th November, 2016 to accelerate the upcoming open innovation Hackathon – 2016 in Asaba, as part of its offered significant CSR model to power the Delta State Innovation Hub initiative.

The planned innovation hackathon aims to engage Nigerian youths on the challenges of sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the role of information technology in resolving the issues therein – from perspectives of the critical needs and solutions for Africa/Nigeria.

Google also pledged its support to the communities within the South-South, which is seen as a fantastic platform for developers to grow by learning, sharing, and connecting with each other.

This will be done through Google Developer Groups (GDGs) who are independent technical communities of developers who are interested in Google’s developer technology.

“We also extend support to broader technical communities via the ‘Together with Google Developers’ program. We’d love to see GDG Asaba incubated and meeting regularly at DSIHUB”.

Another empowerment platform is the Google’s Women Techmakers (WTM) program that provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.

From 2014 to present, WTM is continually launching global scalable initiatives and piloting new programs to support and empower women in the industry.

At Google, women are encouraged to engage in technology and to join WTM Membership to access curated resources to support their career.

Membership empowers women in their careers by providing access to curated resources and events, as well as information and tools from Google, our partners, and the global tech ecosystem.

The WTM Directory showcases ladies who lead WTM Chapters which communities of women in technology affiliated to GDGs. WTM Chapters can’t exist without an active GDG in the same city or community.

Promoting global best practice and sharing innovative experience, Google will deploy expert developers to DS-IHUB. Google Developer Experts is a global network of experienced developers of Google and Open technologies who distinguish themselves by mentoring developers, supporting local technical communities, frequently speaking at conferences as well as sharing their passion and experience by publishing videos, tutorials and writing code samples.

Google Developers Launchpad: Google Developers Launchpad is a startups support program designed to deliver in-person mentorship to startups as well as the technology, events, online resources and community necessary to launch and scale successful apps. Please feel free to refer remarkable startups that could benefit from Google Developers Launchpad.

GOOGLE’s endorsement of DSIHUB’s Innovation initiatives is deeply appreciated, as it adds qualitative and sustainable values to the innovation hackathon. Our central mission is to motivate and give guidance to the aspiration of Nigerian youths and start-ups to actualize their potentials through creativity and power-up their future innovation. The DS-Hackathon 2016 is designed to host 300 teams from all works of life. Total participants and audience expected at the three day event is about 3,000. This 3 day event is scheduled for 1-3 December, 2016, in asaba, delta-state. The Executive Governor of the state and special dignitaries at federal and state levels including VCs have indicated strong interest to be there.

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