A Trip To Silicon Valley: Learning to Build Africa’s Facebook, eBay & PayPal In 2016



In 2013, the potential positioning of Nigeria as a hub for innovation and software development was boosted by the visit of the former Ministry of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson to Silicon Valley with a carefully selected group of entrepreneurs and companies. 2016 is the year Africans builds products that the world finally takes notice of, and the the Pocket Presents team have come up with TechInSV to help entrepreneurs and established businesses learn how.


In Nigeria today, over 200 blogs are opened daily, dream start-ups in technology, fashion, food, blogging, makeup, etc are opened and closed by passionate Nigerians who face problems of poor infrastructure, cost of marketing/finding right product, building products that can support high user adoption or what techies call scalability and high availability.


To help us learn how we can build these products by interacting directly with product engineers, marketers and others in Silicon Valley, Pocket Presents, a Nigerian based platform focused on global knowledge transfer has collaborated with The African Network (TAN) and The African Technology Foundation (ATF) to allow 30 Nigerians visit silicon valley based companies like Google, Facebook, Airbnb, 500 Startups, Uber, Twitter, Paypal, Stripe, eBay, 4info, Oracle, SAP.

The 7-day visit is focused on learning from leading technology teams but will also give a taste of what life is like in a growing startup as well as an inhabitant of the San Francisco bay area (commonly called “The Bay Area” or “The Bay”).


The trip will cost $5400 inclusive of flights, hotel, feeding and visits, and serious entrepreneurs, Heads of Technology, Systems Architects and Developers,E-Banking Heads/Teams, Telecom Technical Teamsand Technology media can indicate interest and attend a special mixer on Thursday March 3, 2015 at Cafe NEO, Victoria Island Lagos by registering on the website HERE-à bit.ly/TechInSV

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