10 things learned at #GoogleAfrica10

It seems like Google has been around forever, but the company actually marked its tenth anniversary of opening an African office last week.

The firm held the #GoogleAfrica10 event in Johannesburg to celebrate, while we also used the opportunity to interview country manager Luke Mckend. Here are a few details we managed to glean from it all.

The company used #GoogleAfrica10 to announce that it’s added 170 new places to Street View in South Africa.

As for these places, you’re looking at a host of national parks, UNESCO sites, hiking trails and more.

You can sign up to use the Street View backpack

It might not be news to some of you, but did you know that you can sign up to use the Street View backpack? Yep, Discover Group’s Andre van Kets told #GoogleAfrica10 that he simply signed up and received the requisite hardware a few weeks later.

Got a bad back? Well, you might have second thoughts then, as the backpack weighs 22kgs.

Digital skills programme bearing fruit

Earlier this year, Google revealed that the firm’s digital skills programme had hit its target to train one million Africans. And it used the tenth anniversary event to shed light on a few stats.

The firm’s Bunmi Banjo noted that 10% of job-seekers who graduated through the programme found a job within three months and 16% started a new business.

SA search traffic growth from 2010 to 2017

Search is Google’s bread and butter, with South Africa seeing 300% growth from 2010 until 2017, the firm noted on stage. By comparison, global search traffic saw 150% growth between the same time frame.

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