A round-up of our digital talent and innovation briefing with Google

We’ve teamed up with Google and Innovation Beehive to launch our new 2016 Breakfast Series on talent innovation in the digital age.

Senior L&D experts joined us from leading brands and agencies like Kantar and UNICEF to hear MOK from The Innovation Beehive talk about creating an innovation culture, and Sarah Logan from the Google Digital Academy share insights on Google's approach to talent development.

The highlight (besides the smoothies delivered on a Google bike) was our roundtable discussion:

Google’s 2015 Talent Revolution survey revealed almost 80% of the marketing industry in the UK and Germany said they lacked the investment and resources required to improve their digital capabilities. L&D experts know of course that driving capability and innovation is fundamental to sustainable business success. However, how do leading companies overcome barriers and what levers do they use to drive forward cultural change?

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Squared Online grad Freddie Manento joins forces with the UN on life-saving mobile partnership

Freddie Manento is an inspirational Square by any measure. Managing Director of Push Mobile - a telecoms company operating out of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - he joined Squared Online in 2015 to make sure Push had the right digital capabilities to stay ahead. They've since won two contracts with the United Nations in quick succession, and added a number of banks and airlines to their client list.

Freddie recently took time out to speak to us about his Squared experience, and his continuing digital journey since finishing the course.

'I realised there was a gap in the market and a need for international brands to be present in the digital sphere in Tanzania. We had big brands like Coca Cola, Zantel and Tigo who wanted to be online, but the market wasn’t ready in terms of specialisations. And although Push has a digital team, as Managing Director it was very important for me to upskill in digital, and increase my own confidence and understanding of digital strategy, consumer behaviour and trends.'

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Start your digital transformation conversation in our webinar on 3rd March

On Monday 3rd March at 3pm, Squared Online are discussing digital transformation with Google in our webinar - and we'd love for you to join us.

Shuvo Saha, Director of the Google Digital Academy, and Squared Online expert speaker Kate Hamer, will discuss the digital skills challenge and give useful tips to help future proof your business.

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