When individuals consider “digital champions,” it’s pure to think about a extremely educated laptop scientist creating new expertise. There are many different kinds of digital champions, nonetheless. They may be small enterprise homeowners accelerating their development on-line or individuals discovering higher methods to do their jobs. To do that, individuals now want to simply be taught digital expertise all through their lives.
That’s necessary for international locations in addition to people. According to the European Commission, France ranks simply 16th within the EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index. Yet France has all of the property to succeed. It has prime engineers, nice entrepreneurs, top-of-the-line schooling methods on this planet, nice infrastructure, and profitable world firms. Studies counsel that if France totally seized its digital potential, it might earn as much as 10 p.c of GDP from digital expertise by 2025, creating 200-250 billion euros’ value of extra worth per yr.
Achieving this can take vital digital transformation for each France’s residents and its companies. With the appropriate strategy and infrastructure, that transformation doesn’t should be onerous. Over the final three years, we’ve educated greater than 3 million Europeans in digital expertise. In France alone, greater than 230,000 French college students and professionals have attended digital-skills coaching classes given by our groups and companions. We now wish to do extra.
Grow with Google in France—“Les Ateliers Numériques Google”
We will open 4 native Google Hubs known as “Les Ateliers Numériques” throughout France, run by a community of native companions from the digital sector. These bodily areas will present a long-term Google presence in French cities, with a devoted workforce establishing free trainings in on-line expertise and digital literacy. With our companions, we intend to assist individuals discover higher jobs, hold their households secure on-line, and develop their companies or careers. Brittany will likely be our pilot area, with the opening of a Google Hub in Rennes throughout first half of 2018; three different hubs will observe. This will deliver the perfect digital coaching inside straightforward attain of greater than 100,000 individuals yearly.
A brand new analysis heart devoted to AI
France has produced some actually heroic figures of science—like Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Blaise Pascal and Sophie Germain—and its instructional system nonetheless produces superb researchers. So it’s solely pure that we arrange a brand new analysis workforce in Google France across the age’s defining expertise: synthetic intelligence. Our new analysis workforce will work carefully with the AI analysis neighborhood in France on points like well being, science, artwork and the atmosphere. They will publish their analysis and open-source the code they produce, in order that everybody can use these insights to resolve their very own issues, in their very own manner.
Oh, and we’re going to want an even bigger workplace, too.
To hold tempo with this digital development, we have to broaden our presence in France. We introduced lately that our employees in France will improve by 50 p.c, bringing our whole workforce to greater than 1,000 Googlers. Our places of work may also develop by 6,000 m2, through new buildings linked to our workplace right this moment.
More than ever, we’re dedicated to assist France discover new methods to develop on this digital period—whether or not via serving to individuals retrain, or rising a enterprise, or utilizing superb expertise to analysis and construct new merchandise for the world. We hope these new investments will assist the nation, academia and native companies flip France into a real digital champion.