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Google offers developer, product event

Some of Google's best engineers, product managers, business managers and leadership will be speaking about Google's open web and mobile technologies at G-South Africa, taking place 8-9 November 2010 at the Bay Hotel, Cape Town.
Day 1, for computer science students, will focus on using its developer tools to push the boundaries of web applications. Its engineers and web development leaders will guide delegates through a full-day of in-depth sessions, including hands-on code labs dedicated to cutting edge web and mobile technologies.

Day 2, for technology entrepreneurs and marketers, will be full of product demonstrations aimed at tech entrepreneurs and marketers. Its goal is to help spur innovation and business growth in South Africa and across the region and to inspire business to make the most of the web and mobile space

"South Africa has an array of promising start-up as well as front-running developers who are organising Android hackathons, leading search engine marketing companies, creating asset-tracking systems with maps, and taking advantage of open source web tools," said Bridgette Sexton, program manager, tech outreach, Google Africa.

"We want to address the challenges and opportunities facing Africa: the exponential rise of mobile, the demand for local content, the lack of a ubiquitous form of payment, the constraints of bandwidth, the desire to export technology, and the will to innovate locally. Our Google Africa team strongly believes that the solutions to these issues will be solved by the tech communities in Africa. Google's G-Africa initiative is aimed at putting the tools to solve local and global needs into the right hands," added Sexton.

Delegates can register now on the website http://sitescontent.google.com/gsouthafrica/.
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