Technology giant Google has announced its ‘Solve for India’ programme with an aim to support entrepreneurs and developers of the country, with a focus on the Tier II cities. Financial Express has reported, that this initiative will back the new wave of breeding entrepreneurs from cities like Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Indore, Nagpur, Nashik, Madurai, Kanpur, and Chennai. Along with this it aims to push developers to create solutions for these cities and enhance connectivity across the areas.
Commenting on the development, an official statement from Google said,
“The programme will provide a platform for developers, entrepreneurs in Tier II cities to hear from experts and learn about the latest Google technologies and get access to direct mentoring and support from Google.”
The programme will allow entrepreneurs to connect with Google engineers, who will share product usage insights, training on how to develop mobile first solutions with strong offline and language capabilities and assist them to build solutions in various sectors.
Additionally, for web developers, Google will provide training from experts in Android, Firebase, Machine learning, Cloud APIs, Progressive Web Apps and Indian Language Translation solutions.
“Majority of India’s Internet users are Indian language users, and over 80 % of them access the Internet from their mobile phones. But the current Indian startup ecosystem is building products for English speaking audience and caters only to 15 percent of the population.”
Google has been continuously trying to nurture the talent in India. Launchpad Accelerator , that was launched in 2015 was a step in the same direction. It is a six-month accelerator programme to scale technical startups and includes mentorship and access to Google Product Managers, a startup package of equity – free support, product credits (e.g. Google Cloud), and access to their full suite of Launchpad initiatives and connections.
Earlier, Rajan Anandan, Vice-President, India and Southeast Asia, also outlined plans to train two million mobile developers on Android, in order to make India a global hub for innovation.