African universities to feature on Google maps

INTERNET

|
Image: By Google
African universities to feature on Google maps

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

All Kenyan universities will soon have presence on Google maps effectively enhancing navigation in the institutions across the country.

A similar project will simultaneously be carried out across 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Students from over 90 universities in 12 sub Saharan African countries have been brought together for a two-week mapping workshop to put their university campuses and surrounding areas on Google map.

This means getting lost on campus will be a thing of the past, and it will be possible to determine shorter routes as one navigates any featured campus.

The project by Google Student Ambassadors (GSA) is bringing together students from across Africa to ensure the universities are placed on Google maps.

How the program works

The Google Student Ambassador Program in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched in 2011 with students selected from 28 universities in 6 African countries.

The ambassadors act as liaison between Google and their universities. They are technically savvy students who introduce their institutions and peers to Google tools, technologies and opportunities, and who are determined to leverage technology to make positive impact in their communities. They also help to make the internet more relevant to their communities.

“We can hardly imagine what’s in store as the GSA program expands into new regions and new universities. We hope that bringing these outstanding students together will help them learn more about mapping and its benefits and they can lead in putting their universities on the world’s ma,” said Obum Ekeke, Regional Program Manager - University Programs & Outreach, Google Sub-Saharan Africa.

Obum said over 90 universities across SSA will simultaneously have their campuses uploaded onto the world’s map, and give them visibility like never before.

The activity is expected to create thousands of edits on Google maps. The university students and surrounding communities will benefit from easier access to useful venues and buildings, such as: administrative blocks, cafeterias, accommodation and dining buildings, libraries, laboratories, banks and other useful places in their various locales.

When it started

The event started last week with more than 1800 student super mappers being trained from across Africa. This week, the students have been trained on Google Map Maker and the benefits of being able to easily locate necessary amenities and facilities around them.

 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INTERNET NEWS

Jumia unveils online payment platform, Jumia Pay

Leading pan African e-commerce firm Jumia has announced the launch of Jumia Pay, a third-party online payment solution aimed at providing a safer, faster and more convenient online payment experience. Read More

Saicom Voice Services clinches VoIP, Cloud PBX partnership with SEACOM

Saicom Voice Services has entered into a strategic partnership with SEACOM to allow SEACOM to provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Cloud PBX services over a white-label platform to corporate and SME customers. Read More

BoFiNet expects annual global IP traffic to surge

The Botswana Fibre Networks Limited (BoFiNet), which a Government owned wholesale internet provider, says annual global IP traffic will pass the zettabyte (ZB) in the next four years. Read More

Protect local e-Sports before it’s game over

The growing popularity and resulting profitability of e-Sports has made it a prime target for volumetric Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks  Read More

Afriwave goes live on monitoring

Afriwave Telecom, Ghana’s licensed interconnect clearing house (ICH) service provider, has begun monitoring the volume of international incoming telecommunications traffic, local interconnect traffic and NCA revenue verification. Read More

What are the “things” in the Internet of Things?

User-based devices that communicate, consume content, and create and publish content for other people to utilise have dominated our current version of the Internet. The developing Internet of Things (IoT) is about to change that.  Read More

Carrier-neutral data centres – the key to unlocking Southern Africa’s connectivity potential

The carrier neutral data centre business model ensures network and carrier choice, increased interconnection and flexibility of service offerings between our continent and the rest of the world. Read More

Our focus is customer satisfaction, says Jumia CEO

L-R: Thomas Simonet, Juliet Anammah, Simone Bartlett and Chidinma Ifepe  Jumia has said its core focus is to ensure that shoppers get the best in terms of quality of goods and services. Read More

SEACOM partners with Microsoft on connectivity to Azure data centres

SEACOM, is now a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner, meaning that it can offer its business customers affordable, dedicated Ethernet links between their own IT infrastructures and Microsoft’s Azure and Office365 data centres around the world. Read More

U.S. senator: Internet connectivity vital to drive modern economy

Senator Edward J. Markey, a ranking U.S. Democratic Party member on Africa and Global Health Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has told prominent technology leaders in Lagos that internet connectivity and successful economic development are inextricably linked. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Financial services sees AI as both opportunity and threatFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat

Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.

IN DEPTH

Access and Use of ICT stats releasedAccess and Use of ICT stats released

Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.

COMPANY NEWS

Tigo explores options to give customers a greater choice for 4G services in Ghana

Following her recent visit to Ghana, Cynthia Gordon, the CEO of Millicom Africa, has emphasized the remarkable growth opportunities in data and Tigo’s commitment to giving customers ...