- Google has promised to teach 100,000 Africans to code for the web and cellphones
- Right now it is looking for 10,000 absolute beginners, half to learn to code Android apps, and half to learn how to build websites
- The training is free, and top achievers are in line for "nanodegree" scholarships
- Applications close on April 24th.
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Google is looking for thousands of people from anywhere in Africa who want to learn to code ̵
No programming experience is necessary; The only requirement for applicants is that they must be from an African country, including South Africa, and be at least 18 years old.
The training is online, so a decent internet connection for the estimated 15 hours a week required for coursework , over two months, is also required
The two beginner groups will learn basic HTML plus CSS and the basics of the Android user interface respectively. The top 150 students from each group of 5,000 will then have the opportunity to complete "nano degrees" in each of those fields. These micro degrees are not a formal Google Developer certification, which requires a separate exam, but promise to help developers for that exam.
A small group of scholarship students can qualify for grants to take those exams (which normally cost in the region of R2,000), and there is also the chance of joining Google partner company as a software engineer.
Applications for the web and Android developer tracks can be submitted directly via online learning platform Udacity, and applications for a separate course towards becoming and Google Cloud engineer is open via Pluralsight
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