Geekery for all: Google chips $6m to youth tech empowerment

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Geekery for all: Google chips $6m to youth tech empowerment

 Companies are working to empower in the tech sector. Photo: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/unwomenarabstates/7245942414/sizes/m/in/photostream/”> UN Women Arab States (Flickr)</a>
Companies are working to empower in the tech sector. Photo: UN Women Arab States (Flickr)

With the iLab educating in Liberia and the Switchboard mobilizing health across Africa, Google is working on global technology empowerment.

For 75 million unemployed youth around the world, the tech sector offers promising career opportunities with the IDC reporting that a million tech sector jobs will be created between 2010 and 2015 . As Google and other tech companies million tech sector jobs will be created between 2010 and 2015 push high-tech education, the possibility for youth qualifying for good jobs grows. There are millions of tech-sector jobs, but only skilled workers can fill them. At the end of the summer Google’s philanthropic arm provided another $6 million to aid programs like iLab and Switchboard.

iLab
-Provides free trainings in open-source tools, reliable Internet, electricity, trained IT staff and a space for technology start-ups to flourish in Liberia.
-Partnered with Ushahidi Liberia , supported by iHub in Nairobi and the AfriLabs Association.
-Watch their video and their blog.

Switchboard
-Creates a network for Tanzanian, Ghanaian and Liberian doctors, medical and clinical officers to share information.
-The ratio of doctors to patients in Tanzania is 1:18,000; the ability to share information helps doctors deal with a complex range of health issues.
-Read their blog.

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