Google has announced the launch of its first product development center in Africa. The center is in Nairobi, Kenya, a great opportunity for local tech talent to secure employment with them. Engineers, product managers, UX designers, and researchers can apply for one of the numerous open roles at Google.
At their Google for Africa event last October, CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced a plan to invest $1billion over the next five years in Africa. This will be focused on projects that will provide fast, reliable, and affordable internet across the continent. Therefore, the tech talent will be useful to solve technical challenges and build helpful, local products.
Google says that alongside great technical knowledge applicants need to understand how people across the continent use their phones every day. The trends and challenges of smartphone users in Africa are useful in creating a relevant online experience.
How might searching for information and accessing entertainment be different in a context where internet connectivity can be challenging and devices and data plans can be expensive?
It is estimated that Africa will have 800 million internet users and one-third of the world’s under-35 population by 2030. They want to be part of this digital transformation, and have already set up an AI research center in Accra, Ghana.
If you have the talent, experience and appetite to join their team, apply directly from their site here.