Google Plans to Open New Engineering Center in Sao Paulo

Google has announced that it plans to open a new multidisciplinary engineering center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, an innovation hub that will be sited within São Paulo University campus and aimed at increasing Google engineering workforce in the country.

The new facility will also be part of the IPT Open Experience, a program created by the Technological Research Institute (IPT) of the State of Sao Paulo to promote innovation. As designed, the Google São Paulo Engineering Center will accommodate up to 400 Google engineers from various technical areas, starting with the host of engineers working in areas such as privacy, security and safety.

“Since 2017, we’ve invested over 1.6 billion reais to strengthen our technical infrastructure in Brazil, including our subsea cables and cloud region in São Paulo,” said Fabio Coelho, Vice President and Country Manager for Brazil at Google.

“All these projects aim to improve the quality of digital services for Brazilians and support the growth of our Cloud business. And as our employee base grows, our local Cloud team will move to a new office in São Paulo city in 2023.”

Google further announced a commitment to provide 500,000 Google Career Certificate scholarships over the next four years to Brazilians. For this year, the company will offer 30,000 of these scholarships in partnership with Centro de Integração Empresa-Escola (CIEE), aimed at helping scholars to get jobs in high-growth fields including data analysis and UX design.

Additionally, Google recently renewed its commitment with Instituto Rede Mulher Empreendedora (RME) through a new $2 million grant to train 200,000 women all over the country on entrepreneurship, with a focus on Northern Brazil.

Prior to these announcements, Google made a five-year, $1.2 billion commitment to Latin America at the just-concluded IX Summit of the Americas. This fund will focus on four areas including digital infrastructure, digital skills, entrepreneurship and inclusive, sustainable communities.

As announced, the new Google Sao Paulo Engineering Center is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2024. In the meantime, Google is partnering with its Google Safety Engineering Center (GSEC) to launch a dedicated outreach program for content responsibility in Brazil.

In another announcement, Google recently turned-on Intel oneDNN as a default library on the latest version of its open source artificial intelligence and machine learning software platform, TensorFlow 2.9.