Last week, we brought Connect Live to Abuja, hosting 100 Local Guides for our third regional pop-up event. Local Guides in Abuja are dedicated to mapping their communities, by adding roads, places, and businesses to ensure accurate information for tourists and locals alike. Guests gathered at the Barcelona Hotel for an evening of learning, connection, and fun!
Caption: A photo of Local Guides sitting in the audience at Connect Live Abuja 2018 as Google Product Marketing Manager, Emmanuel “Biggy” Abiodun speaks on stage.Connect Live Abuja kicked off with a presentation jam-packed with excitement. Google Product Marketing Manager Emmanuel “Biggy” Abiodun discussed the different ways to contribute content on Google Maps and the impact Local Guide contributions have on making the community a better, safer place. Community Program Manager Traci Cappiello (@TraciC) hosted an interview with Emeka Ulor (@EmekaHouse) who shared his experiences as a Level 9 Local Guide in Lagos. Emeka discussed his passion for accessibility and his efforts hosting over 38 meet-ups across three different continents—North America, Asia, and Africa.
Caption: A photo of Traci Cappiello, the Local Guides Community Program Manager, interviewing Local Guide @EmekaHouse on stage at Connect Live Abuja 2018.Local food blogger and influencer Atim Ukoh took the stage to provide tips and tricks for capturing amazing food photos. Lastly, Babatunde Olaifa, who leads Business Development for the region, demonstrated how to take 360 degree photos and make quality contributions using the Street View app.
Caption: A photo of two Local Guides posing for the camera as they eat and drink at Connect Live Abuja 2018.
After the presentations, the party continued with an array of activities, photo ops, and traditional Nigerian food and drink. Local Guides participated in a mobile photography workshop hosted by Atim Ukoh for an opportunity to practice the pointers she shared on stage. Additionally, Local Guides were able to showcase their high quality contributions by adding new photos, reviews, and edits of their favorite destinations in Abuja to earn their very own set of official Local Guides collector’s pins.
Caption: A photo of Local Guide Samuel Egomhan holding up a set of Local Guides collector’s pins attached to a lanyard that’s around his neck at Connect Live Abuja 2018.Guests enjoyed posing and smiling for the camera with our Mirror & GIF photo booths. (We love seeing these photos and videos pop up on social media!) They also went home with a bag of delicious, sweet treats from our Candy Buffet!
Caption: A photo of a Local Guide flexing his biceps while posing for the camera in front of a Mirror photo booth at Connect Live Abuja 2018. A countdown timer showing the number “2” is illuminated in green on the framed mirror.Connect Live Abuja helped Local Guides learn a few new Google Maps skills and celebrated the contributions of a wonderful and engaged community! To see photos from the event, check out our Google Photos album here.