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Google calls on web users for Africa Connected Competition

28 August 2013, 17:53 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Google has called on web-user entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers across Africa to share their interesting stories in the Africa Connected Competition on how the web has transformed their lives and work.

Speaking to the press during the launch of the competition, Dorothy Ooko, the East and Francophone Africa Communication Director said the competition aims at gathering the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established online by Africans in Africa.

“Google wants to hear from young, spirited entrepreneurial web adopters in Sub-Saharan Africa who have a healthy disregard for the impossible and who are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to rise above their circumstances, change their world, and achieve success. We want to showcase the amazing achievements happening in the new Africa,” Ooko said.

"Technology is internationally acknowledged as the engine of development and economic growth. It is a revolution favoring accelerated development that gives us the possibility to address national and global challenges in distinctly new ways. This campaign shall highlight how Africans can harness computing and internet services for attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," added Ooko.

Ooko said five successful entrant winners will walk away with KES 10.625 million whereby each will pocket KES 2.125 million plus guarantee of an opportunity to work with a Google mentor over a six-month period.

She cited from research findings that in the next five years, 7 out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are predicted to be in Africa, and that the Internet is playing an important role in this.

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