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SchoolNet packages new skills for teachers

By Charles Mgbolu
When the gates of the University of Lagos, Akoka main campus, open tomorrow, it wouldn’t just be to admit staff and students as it usually does.

Rather, software developers, entrepreneurs and computer science students scattered across different institutions in the country will troop down to the university’s Afe Babalola Hall to attend a world-class computer software training programme organised by the giant search engine company Google.

This event which will run for three days, will focus on pushing the boundaries of web applications using Google developer technologies. Google engineers and web development leaders like Bob Aman, Nnamdi Abraham-Igwe, Dave Hotchkiss, Christian Miccio, Obianuju Ndili, Nyibo Odero and Chewy Trewhella will lead participants through three days of in-depth sessions on the latest Google technologies and hands-on codelabs.

Marketing professionals, entrepreneurs and students will go through full demonstrations of Google products for businesses to help spur innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. There will also be the creation of local content using online tools. Participants will learn how to market and monetize them. Furthermore, there will be discussions on several tools to help better manage businesses.

It will be recalled that recall last year, Google had organised the first Google Lagos Code Camp, where 50 of the best developers and technology managers attended the three-day event.

At that event held in October 2009, Google’s various technologies were covered, all in the pursuit of creating scalable, web-based applications and attendees learned how to use the Google Web Toolkit, AppEngine, Maps API, iGoogle and iGadgets. Nigeria is not the first country in Africa to hold it’s G-day. In November last year, Mauritius and Senegal had held theirs.


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