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1000 tech leaders and entrepreneurs gather at Google web event

Training on Google’s latest tools highlights value of the internet for Nigeria

May 3, 2011 – Google’s G-Nigeria event in Lagos kicks off today, bringing together hundreds of tech savvy entrepreneurs, developers and journalists at a web and mobile conference at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island. Participants will discuss the future of web application development, receive training on Google’s products and learn about online business skills. G-Nigeria will feature some of Google’s best engineers, product managers, business managers and leadership who will be visiting Nigeria from around the globe.

The conference, themed ‘Local Growth, Global Impact’ confirms Google’s commitment to driving the web forward in Nigeria, 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 Juliet Ehimuan, Country Lead, Google Nigeria, 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 Nigeria will also be highlighted, through tailor-made workshops for journalists and news webmasters.

Commenting on the event, Juliet Ehimuan, Google Lead for Nigeria, said,

“Now in its second year running, G-Nigeria is bringing together a thousand Nigerians who, like Google, are excited about the huge potential that the internet holds for this country. Our Google team is looking forward to engaging with innovative local tech, business and media communities, not only sharing their online expertise but learning about the Nigerian landscape. G-Nigeria is a key event for building a vibrant and useful Nigerian internet ecosystem, for the benefit of Nigerians.”

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