Blog entries from: Official Google Africa Blog

Google in Sub-Saharan Africa: news, stories and thoughts.

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August 27 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Aug 27 2014, 03:40:00

Technology has the power to change the world for the better, but today far too few have access to the education and support they need to become creators, not just consumers. We know that pre-university exposure to Computer Science education is critically important for inspiring kids to pursue a career in computing.

That's why Google offers the RISE Awards -- grants of $15,000 to $50,000 USD -- to organizations across the globe working to promote access to Computer Science education for girls and underrepresented minorities. Our RISE partners are changemakers: they engage, educate, and excite students about computing through extracurricular outreach.

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July 30 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Jul 30 2014, 05:43:00

Sharpen your pencils, spark your imagination and reveal your artistic talent in the first Doodle 4 Google competition in South Africa!

We're inviting school students between the ages of 6 and 17 to create a Google Doodle depicting the "South Africa of My Dreams". From today, you can register to take part and have a chance to win fantastic prizes for you and your school, as well as the chance to see your doodle displayed on the home page of Google.

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July 23 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Jul 23 2014, 06:18:00

Accelerator programs have become essential to the continued expansion of Africa's tech startup ecosystem in recent years. They have provided the platform for the nurturing of some of the continent's most successful start-ups like Jobberman and Cheki.ng. In addition to improving access to capital and funding, accelerator programs have provided Africa's aspiring tech entrepreneurs with access to the mentoring and training required for successfully launching new businesses.

This is why we have supported the launch of 440, a new accelerator program aimed at creating an early stage fund and accelerator for mobile web startups in Nigeria. 440, an initiative of 88MPH and L5Lab, will provide a platform for Nigeria's startup community to get access to early stage funding, mentoring, and other forms ...

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July 8 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Tue Jul 8 2014, 04:52:00

No matter where you're from, language shouldn't be a barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with the people you care about. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, including Amharic and Swahili, and we're now bringing that total to 71--covering 94 percent of the world's Internet population.

Starting today, 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Zulu, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, and Sinhala.

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June 12 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Thu Jun 12 2014, 14:42:00

There's one thing that lies at the heart of every business: customers. Customers are the reason why businesses flourish, and their shared passion for your craft is what makes running a business so rewarding. For many business owners, customers are more than just patrons - they're your regulars, your advocates and your friends. In other words, they're your people.

The Internet is connecting more businesses with their people every day. However, our users tell us that finding these loyal customers can be complex and time-consuming. We believe it shouldn't be. That's why we are happy to introduce Google My Business - a free and easy way to find and connect with your people, wherever you are.

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June 6 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Fri Jun 6 2014, 06:35:00

A growing number of people in emerging economies are using the Internet for the first time on a mobile device. Despite the pre-paid options and a vast array of choices in Internet credit purchases, mobile data remains expensive. In the African context, we wanted to understand how price transparency can reduce barriers to technology usage and help millions of new and existing users experience a safer, more manageable, and less erratic Internet.

In a recent study by McKinsey, over 20% of mobile data non-users in major African cities said that the key barriers to using the Internet were lack of pricing information and lack of control over monthly expenses. While there are a few ways to monitor airtime expenditure, mobile data use is difficult to understand -- what is the cost to load a "web ...

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April 16 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Apr 16 2014, 06:16:00

The Internet is changing the way Africans engage with politics, as we recently saw during national elections in countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe. In next month's elections, South Africans will celebrate 20 years of Democracy when they step out to vote, reflecting on how far their nation has come since the first free and fair elections in 1994, as well as considering the most pressing issues affecting their lives. That's why today we're launching the South African Elections Hub, a portal where you can follow the latest elections news, videos and information.

Voters are already turning to the Internet for information, searching for the latest news and views from parties, candidates, the media and friends. Earlier this year we saw an increase in search topics such as how to register to ...

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April 15 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Tue Apr 15 2014, 04:15:00

Are you a student leader? Do you want to make impact on campus? If the answer is yes, Google is now receiving applications for the 2014 Google Student Ambassador Program in Sub Sahara Africa.

Google Student Ambassadors (GSAs) are leaders on campus whose mission is to use technology to make a difference, not only in their universities, but also in their communities across the region. They train other students on how to use Google tools, like Google Apps for Education, Google Maps, Adwords, YouTube and more. GSAs are helping to improve the way technology is used by university students, not only in their academics but also in their daily lives.

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April 1 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Tue Apr 1 2014, 14:59:00

Only 16% of Africa's 1 billion people are online, but, every day, the web is improving lives and boosting socio-economic development around the world. When we launched the Africa Connected competition last year, our aim was to gather inspirational stories that show the impact of the web and Google products in the everyday lives of Africans.

We also wanted to inspire other Africans to come online to explore and benefit from what the web has to offer. Today we are thrilled to announce the top five most inspirational stories, selected by the voting public. They were chosen from over 2,200 submissions from 35 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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March 26 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Mar 26 2014, 08:44:00

The Google Cultural Institute was established in 2010 with a simple mission - to 'help preserve and promote culture online'. The Institute is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations. We believe that the Cultural Institute can be an especially useful way to engage students, scholars and teachers through innovative and interactive learning.

UNESCO estimates that half of 6,000 plus languages and cultures today will disappear by the end of this century if nothing is done to preserve them.

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