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Google highlights web opportunities in Ghana as tech leaders and entrepreneurs meet

April 28, 2011 – Google’s G-Ghana event in Accra kicks off today, bringing together hundreds of tech savvy entrepreneurs, developers and journalists at a web and mobile conference at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge. Participants will discuss the future of web application development, receive training on Google’s products and learn about online business skills. G-Ghana will feature some of Google’s best engineers, product managers, business managers and leadership who will be visiting Ghana from around the globe.

The conference, themed ‘Local Growth, Global Impact’ confirms Google’s commitment to driving the web forward in Ghana, and highlights the entrepreneurial opportunities presented by the Internet. Attendees will have the chance to explore Google’s open source technologies through a combination of tech talks, breakout sessions and codelabs run by engineers and business teams from across the globe. Key among the speakers will be Estelle Akofio Sowah, Country Lead, Google Ghana, Joe Mucheru, Lead for Google Sub Saharan Africa, and Marcus Foster, Mobile Product Manager, Google UK.

Conference content will include Google’s developer and business technologies, ranging from Android, mobile development and AppEngine to Google Maps for business, website optimisation and online advertising. Google tools for the development of the news industry in Ghana will also be highlighted, through tailor-made workshops for journalists and news webmasters.

Commenting on the event, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Google Lead for Ghana, said, “We’re delighted to be kicking off our second G-Ghana event today. G-Ghana will help raise awareness among Ghanaian web developers, consumers and businesses about the opportunities and value of the Internet. It’s also a great opportunity for Google to learn about the exciting developments already happening in Ghana”.

This conference is the latest in a series of interactive forums and tech days that Google has been holding across Africa this year, to promote innovation and business in the region. To learn more about the conference, visit the G-Ghana website.