The Star (Nairobi)

9 November 2012

Kenya: Google Links Local Developers to Vision 2030

Google is working hard to remain relevant in the local technology and business scene as the country inches towards attaining Vision 2030.

This week it brought together local developers and linked them with over 500 key players from different sectors including technology industry, advertising agencies, government, developers, publishers and Swahili language specialists.

The four-day series of events, running from Wednesday, has been discussing the role technology will play in Kenya's future by driving growth and innovation. It is also to assist them explore ways they can tap into the Kenya Vision 2030.

"We want to share the value that digital can bring to different sectors, but also connect Kenyan businesses with local talent who can execute on their digital strategy," Joseph Mucheru, Kenya Country Manager, said.

"Our vision is to align the Kenyan private sector with homegrown talent so as to create a local thriving digital ecosystem," he added. 'Going Google' and 'Think with Google' are the first events of their kind to be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

"The web is fundamentally changing the way we work and removing the borders. Over five million businesses have now moved to Google Apps. This demonstrates how technology and the Internet are helping businesses to grow," Didier Goibert, Google Director of Enterprise said.

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