To expand and fuel Indonesia’s digital economy, Google supports developers and entrepreneurs at all levels of skill and expertise through training, mentoring, online scholarships, and university partnerships. By investing in the country’s talent, we’re providing Indonesians with the technical knowledge and practical skills to succeed in the global market. Since 2016, these initiatives have trained more than 65,000 Indonesians, from beginners to more advanced developers.
Indonesia Android Kejar (IAK) provides courses on programming for the Android mobile platform, which is used by over 2 billion people around the world. It helps aspiring programmers in Indonesia attain entry-level jobs as Android developers, and also to help nurture and hone the skills of intermediate and advanced-level developers.
IAK supplements Udacity online training with offline, in-classroom study groups led by facilitators and designed to guide people through the process of building mobile applications.
We’re also funding 500 scholarships for the Associate Android Developer Fast Track- a Google certification, to help provide top-notch education opportunities for aspiring Android developers across Indonesia.
Experienced entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in our Launchpad Accelerator program, which helps promising Indonesian startups grow. Once a startup is selected to join the program, they have the opportunity to work closely with Google mentors for 6 months, including 2 weeks of an all-expenses-paid bootcamp at Google in California. Throughout the program, startup leaders are mentored by some of Google’s top engineers and managers, as well as by talents from a global network of startup professionals.
Since its inception in 2016, 25 Indonesian startups have graduated from the program with more underway. Calvin Kizana, Founder and CEO of PicMix, a social photo sharing app that has reached 30 million users, shares his experience-
“Google Launchpad is such a good platform for startups. It sits perfectly in the ecosystem where startups can learn and get mentored from the best. We've learned a lot from Google and the mentors have successfully delivered guidance, frameworks and best practices which is invaluable for us.”
Razi Thalib was one of the first to take advantage of the Launchpad Accelerator Program, using the financial support and mentorship that Google provides to grow his innovative online dating startup, Setipe.com.
After seeing his company grow into a successful business, he wanted to give back to the program. He returned to the Accelerator program as a mentor and even hired an intern for Setipe.com during the Indonesia Android Kejar Hackathon.
Razi’s story shows that with access to the right resources, guidance, and platforms, Indonesia can foster a developer community that creates opportunities for local programmers to excel, and work together to build world class products.
Janice Kartika’s first experience with app development came when she enrolled in the Android for Beginners class offered by Indonesia Android Kejar. A fast learner, she quickly mastered the material and went on to teach that very same course. Then, she attended the Kejar job fair held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, where she was hired as an Android Developer by Harukaedu, one of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator startups.
In an effort to empower Indonesian women to pursue careers in technology, we created women-only Indonesia Android Kejar groups with support from Google’s global Women Techmakers initiative and FemaleDev. Our experience has shown that women thrive in groups where they can better relate to one another. Today, over 400 women have completed the program through these groups.
One of these women is Winni Septiani, a developer at a Google Developers certified agency called Ice House. Winni is an IAK facilitator who has taught two female-only Kejar study groups as a part of the program. She was invited to attend our global conference for developers, Google I/O.
Winni on her experience at the Google I/O conference:
“It was really great. I had the opportunity to learn about the latest technological updates from Google, which I can now share and discuss with my colleagues and friends, and hopefully implement into my own work soon.
I also enjoyed the exhibition of products created by community members. It was inspiring to see how much Google appreciates every creative idea, and how proud the developers were of their work.
By interacting with the other creators and sharing my story and my experiences with the other attendees, we were able to give each other positive feedback, and make suggestions to improve our work.”