Human Capital Development Thought Leadership

Will Google win the Africa 4IR technology skills race?

It is no secret that Africa is the “virgin continent” with the lowest technology penetration. There is a fierce battle among the leading technology companies to capture the heart of Africa.

The youth are Africa’s heart. Futurists and development experts predict the explosion of Africa’s youth numbers in the next 20 – 30 years. Given this dynamic and the lack of development on the continent, technology companies are rushing in to train youths how to use their product offerings.

Some radicals have called this, “the recolonisation” of Africa whilst some optimists have branded it a “win-win” situatuion where the companies push for product adoption and the youths get 4IR skills that they would never have got anyway.

It is an interesting race and most companies are offering their training for free.

Google has left no stone unturned in its quest to have as many African youths proficient in Google CLoud Platform (GCP) skills. Once the youths are addicted to the GCP then the company will benefit in the long-run.

I think this is a noble gesture from Google and African youths should use this opportunity to learn as much as possible and hope one day we will use that knowledge to create an African Google.

For Africa to win the technology war we have to collaborate with the incumbents as much as possible with a single view of extracting knowledge so we can reverse engineer their systems and/or create our own authentically African technologies.

Until African banks, insurance companies, factories are using African technologies to power ther ther tech stacks we have not won the war against colonialism. We have to work with the big boys and have a plan to beat them.

Below are some of the courses being offered by Google that you and I can take advantage of.

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Get a business online

Make sure customers find you online

Promote a business with online advertising

Expand a business to other countries

Connect with customers over mobile

Promote a business with content

Understand customers needs and online behaviours

Build confidence with self-promotion

How to enhance and protect your online campaign

Land your next job

Understand the basics of code

How to increase productivity at work

Understand the basics of machine learning

Improve your online business security

Intro to digital wellbeing

Effective networking

Business communication

Communicate your ideas through storytelling and design

Speaking in public

Organisational design: Know your organisation

Strategic Innovation: Building and Sustaining Innovative Organizations

The Science of Well-Being

Social Psychology

Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively

Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

Google Cloud Platform Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals

Machine Learning Crash Course

Elements of AI

Technical Support Fundamentals

Customer Segmentation and Prospecting

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Conflict Transformation

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Foundations of Everyday Leadership

Securing Digital Democracy

English for Career Development

Computational Thinking for Problem Solving

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

Influencing People

Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

Model Thinking

Business Writing

Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools: Bootstrap 4

Organizational Design and Management

Search Engine Optimization Fundamentals

Research Proposal: Initiating Research

Introduction to Cybersecurity for Business

Python Basics

Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments

Content, Advertising & Social IMC

High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation

Exploring and Preparing your Data with BigQuery

Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively

Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education

Enterprise System Management and Security

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Software Development Processes and Methodologies

Improving Communication Skills

Design Thinking for Innovation

Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector

Marketing in a Digital World

Cloud Computing Concepts, Part 1

What is Social?

Kotlin for Java Developers

Initiating and Planning Projects

SQL for Data Science

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity

Giving Helpful Feedback

Fundamentals of Network Communication

Database Management Essentials

Instructional Design Foundations and Applications

What is Data Science?

YouTube Certification

Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

Intro to TensorFlow for Deep Learning

Using Creative Problem Solving

Team Coaching

Introduction to Python Programming

Version Control with Git

Object-Oriented JavaScript

Introduction to Cybersecurity

SQL for Data Analysis

Intro to JavaScript

Build Native Mobile Apps with Flutter

Kotlin Bootcamp for Programmers

Developing Android Apps with Kotlin

Android developer

Junior web developer

Salesforce developer

Front-end developer

Learn how to learn

Understanding the web

Think like a computer: the logic of programming

Which digital job is made for you?

Develop your career plan

Build a sales strategy for your freelance business

Host a design thinking workshop

Learn about Agile project management and SCRUM

Build your first web pages with HTML and CSS

Learn programming with JavaScript

Learn Python basics for data analysis

Improve your soft skills

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Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is passionate about empowering Africans through mathematics, problem-solving techniques and media. As such, he founded MathsGee. Through this organisation, he has helped create an ecosystem for disseminating information, training, and supporting STEM education to all African people. A maths evangelist who teaches mathematical thinking as a life skill, Edzai’s quest has seen him being named the SABC Ambassador for STEM; he has been invited to address Fortune 500 C-suite executives at the Mobile 360 North America; was nominated to represent Southern Africa at the inaugural United Nations Youth Skills Day in New York; was invited to be a contributor to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2016; has won the 2014 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development award for his contribution to women’s empowerment in education; and has partnered with local and global firms in STEM interventions.

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