Google opens applications Africa Developer Student Club program

Applications are now open for students leads in the Africa Developer Student Club program, Google has announced in a statement released by William Florance, Head, Economic Impact Programs.

Google had in July 2017 announced a series of initiatives focused on providing mobile developer training to 100,000 developers in Africa. Furthering the commitment, Google will be kicking off their Developer Student Club (DSC) program aimed at providing the African student community a head start on latest technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Mobile & Web Development.

‘‘The Developer Student Club (DSC) program is a Google Developers initiative designed to provide a space for students (enrolled in accredited colleges/universities in Africa) to build their mobile and web development skills and knowledge while solving local business problems around their institution. Through this program, our teams will be providing much-needed support to students on campuses across Africa.’’ The statement further said.

Africa Developer Student Club
Africa Developer Student Club

As part of preparations towards kicking off the program in the African region, Google is now commencing with the recruitment of student leads to head their different DSC chapters across campuses in Africa.

A DSC lead is a student leader on campus whose mission is to use technology to make a difference, not only in their universities but also in their communities more widely. An eligible candidate for the new DSC lead roles are students currently enrolled in a computer science course or related engineering discipline at any accredited college/university in Sub Saharan Africa.

It is understood that the duties of the students will include:

  • Setting up a Developer Student Club within their institution/campus;
  • Creating a Core Team — including faculty advisors, fellow students, and relevant technology experts — to help in planning and execution of peer group readiness-focused activities;
  • Organizing and delivering mobile development-focused workshops to fellow students;
  • Enabling more students to become trainers and support them in conducting sessions;
  • Identifying local organizations who can benefit from mobile solutions, and facilitate solution development activities;
  • Hosting showcases and other events to highlight the solutions developed by students; and
  • Committing to one-year (2018/19 academic year) to act as a Student Lead.
    Applications close 14th May 2018.

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Gbenga Ajao
Gbenga Ajao is a journalist. He has garnered experience in print, electronic and new media. He is passionate about mobile and web technology.

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