Open Collaboration for African Techies
Ask anybody what six-letter word excited Cameroon’s tech community in mid-June this year and they will yell: Google. G|Cameroon, a training workshop that ran from June 15th – 16th at Immeuble MAH, Akwa, Douala, saw an amazing turnout of Cameroon’s ICT vanguard. At ActivSpaces, we dubbed the theme of the workshop “G-Tools 101”. The lucky participants got the scoop on how to use Google’s numerous applications to enhance their businesses and projects with the benefit of contributing to Google’s mission of organizing global information.
Google recognized ActivSpaces’ efforts in the promotion of ICT4D and entrepreneurship in Cameroon with a contribution of much of the hardware and furniture that was used during the workshop. These will go towards developing more space for more members in the Buea office and soon-to-be-opened Douala office.
ActivSpacers are always energized by these kinds of events because they prove that while on the surface Cameroon’s tech front may seem to be dormant, there is actually a lot of activity bubbling and innovation is around every corner. Indeed, the effect of Google’s presence combined with the sheer numbers that showed up was exhilarating. But most importantly, we need to realize that Google, the biggest company on the web, recognizes a potential in Cameroon that we often fail to recognize in ourselves.
The Googlers told us ActivSpacers to spread the word: Google has its eyes on Africa, they are our friends and just one Gmail away ;)
This blog is a resource for news, project updates, member profiles and community events at ActivSpaces, an open collaboration space, innovation hub and startup incubator for African techies. Based in Buea, Cameroon.