Published On: October 1, 2017

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This week Facebook launched its first innovation center in the world. Based in São Paulo, Facebook’s center, known as Estação Hack, was created with the mission of fostering local talent by providing free computer training to youngsters as well as supporting small- and medium-sized innovative businesses.

The innovation center aims to reach around 7400 people each year who are leading projects of social impact. The center was designed for the Brazilian public incorporating elements of Facebook culture known as Hack Culture.

Diego Dzodan, vice president of Facebook and Instagram for Latin America, stated: “We want to reinforce our commitment to Brazil and, therefore, we will make an unprecedented investment here. We will help train young Brazilians for some of the professions of the future within an environment that stimulates innovation.”

Estação Hack will offer free programming and entrepreneurship-related courses, as well as career planning workshops to the public. Additionally, it will provide a six-month residency program for selected startups. The startups will be awarded access to Facebook’s infrastructure and tools, mentoring, and business advice.

In its first months of operation, the new Facebook innovation center will receive proposals from startups for projects in the areas of employability, education, data security, civic engagement, financial education, and micro-entrepreneurship.

Startups interested in submitting proposals have until October 29 to do so. The first group of selected startups will begin their residency program in January 2018.

 

 

[This article appeared on the ZDNet website in somewhat different form.]

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