It was a breathtaking presentation from Google at the first ever, Google For India event here in Pullman Aerocity, New Delhi. Breathtaking — because of the shear scale of the event, and largely because no other valley-based company has ever hosted an event of such scale — for India, and more importantly in India.
While you can go through the entire coverage right here, the most important and probably the single biggest announcement of them all, was Google’s commitment to train over 2 Million developers in the next two years, in partnership with 30 Indian universities.
While Pichai did not go into deep details about this new initiative, but it is scheduled to start as early as next year.
It makes a lot of sense to invest in India as what we build here will have global usage.
He further detailed about various initiatives which Google has already undertaken — keeping in mind the Indian consumer and Indian market as a whole. Mapmaker for example, a product churned out by two Google engineers in Bangalore, has been highly relevant for Google and for India. Community based mapping, said Pichai, has been one of the biggest takeaways for Google’s most ambitious projects, from India.
He further talked about the search giant’s partnership with Indian Railways — a partnership which is bringing world’s largest ever Wi-Fi project ever — Railwire. With Railwire, Google aims to connect over 400 railway stations across India, with high-speed wi-fi connectivity.