We’re thrilled to share the Google Bus Bangladesh project, an initiative to help equip and empower half a million college and university students across the country with the digital skills they need to take advantage of the Internet.

Bangladesh is a country that’s swiftly adopting technology at mass scale. In a population of 165 million, more than 116 million (70% of the population) use mobile phones. And although the number of Internet users is a comparatively low 10 million, Bangladesh has more Internet users than many other countries in the world. For Bangladeshi students who will help decide how Bangladesh thrives in a digitally-driven, global business climate, Internet access and wider information access are especially critical.
Over the course of 12 months, our digitally-equipped bus will visit 500 campuses in 35 locations, where instructors will conduct workshops. These workshops will introduce Bangladeshi undergraduates and the next generation of entrepreneurs to the technology tools that can empower them to start and grow their own passion projects and businesses. Students will learn the power and utility of the Internet, connect online with their peers, and learn how to most effectively use Google tools – including Google Search, Chrome, Apps, Maps, YouTube, Adwords and Google+ – to plan and collaborate in new ways. Each student will also have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned on Android One devices and will have continued access to the the Google Bus Bangladesh Community to stay engaged and in touch with their peers.

The Google Bus Bangladesh project is already underway in Dhaka, and will soon make its way to academic institutions in and around major cities including Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Barisal. We encourage any and all Bangladeshi undergraduate students with interest in our workshops to hop on and join us.