By Charles Mgbolu
SEARCH engine giant, Google has announced the start-off ofÂ itâ€™s annual African software programmers competition which is coming barely two weeks after the launch of itâ€™s latest map domains which featured an elaborate and very extensive navigable map of Nigeria and that of thirty other African countries.
This competition tagged Google Code Jam Africa will throw African computer students against each other as they flex brain muscles trying to break software codes and algorithmic whizzes designed by the most ingenious minds on the planet. Participants coming from Nigeria are expected to be extensively exposed to software programming and coding to be able to stand a chance in the competition.
According to a release published by Google Africa Developers on their official website â€œthis will be a chance to compete against fellow African programmers and then practice for the Global Code Jam 2010â€. Scheduled for Dublin in April, it will run till the last week of July. Outstanding performers will stand the chance of undergoing internship training at Googleâ€™s Engineering Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, should they wish to apply.
Last year, Nigeriaâ€™s Oduntan Odubanjo, was one of four computer students selected from Africa for an internship programme at the Google office.
During this period, he worked with the Africa Engineering team on a project to link Google SMS Tip Search data with the web. His current interests lie in mobile applications, mobile marketing and mobile advertising. He is currently in his final year of Computer Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he serves as Google Campus Ambassador.If successful, one or more Nigerian high performers will ride high on the back of Google into the world.