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Winner Spotlight: “Pay it Forward” Contest Winners Visit Google
July 12, 2016
In honor of Black History Month, we launched our third annual
“Pay It Forward” contest
to find and recognize undergraduate and MBA students positively impacting their local Black communities. After reviewing an incredible range of submissions from undergraduates and business school students, we’re pleased to announce our winners:
Ariana Brazier (2013 BOLD Immersion participant) is the former President of the Spelman College section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). This summer, Ariana will be conducting research on homelessness before starting a Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rachel McKenzie is the former Vice President of the Spelman College section of NCNW. This summer, Rachel will be joining Teach for America.
Stephen Worthy is the former co-President of Detroit Revitalization & Business Initiative (Detroit R&B) at the Ross School of Business. This summer, Steve will begin working with J.P. Morgan in New York with hopes of returning to Detroit to continue his commitment to his hometown.
Benjamin Stickel is the former co-President of Detroit R&B. He will be returning to Detroit to continue his impact within his community while working at the Boston Consulting Group.
Both teams were awarded
an all-expense paid trip to Google’s Headquarters and here’s a photo recap of their experience:
They had a front row seat to experience Google’s campus and culture.
They connected with Googlers through coffee chats, resume workshops with Google recruiters and as they walked around campus.
They had an inside look at Google’s products.
“It was really cool to see that innovative side of Google that you always hear about” commented Ben Stickel (pictured far left) after an inside look at Google Cardboard virtual reality.
They presented their work to Googlers.
Pictured below: Steve Worthy and Benjamin Stickel speaking about their work with the Detroit Revitalization & Business Initiative. Together, they pioneered Minds of Business (MoB), a mentorship program that mobilizes MBAs to serve as mentors to Detroit youth. To date, they have partnered with two Detroit public schools and covered topics such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing.
They inspired Googlers to step out of their comfort zones and continue striving to be agents of change in their communities.
Pictured below: Ariana and Rachel leading an ice-breaker used by the Spelman College section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Ariana and Rachel, during their tenure as President and Vice President, respectively, have placed great emphasis on their general body meetings because of the opportunities that they provide for “members to fellowship and empower themselves through constructive and reflective activities.”
Join us in congratulating NCNW, R&B and all the incredible student organizations that entered the
Pay it Forward contest
. Please consider entering the contest next February!
We have your ticket to travel back in time to Google Games 2016!
July 7, 2016
We just wrapped up five weeks of epic adventure during Google Games, and this is your golden ticket to experience all the fun! Google Games is an annual event that allows us to bring Google’s culture, a lot of entertainment, and some friendly competition to computer science students across North America. This year, the games were hosted in 14 different cities, and we were introduced to nearly 2,000 challenge-seeking undergraduate students from 60 different universities.
From the patio on Google’s campus in Sunnyvale to a rooftop in Chicago, there were 17 events in 14 different cities across North America.
Participants, encouraged to dress up in costume, encountered different challenges including Trivia, Building, Puzzles, Word Association and Coding. We awarded prizes to the top three teams at each location who had the most points at the end of the day. The Spirit Award was presented to the teams with a contagious energy or who got creative with this year’s theme - time travel!
Teams went head to head competing in five different challenge categories, and the winners were able to take home some well deserved Google SWAG.
Team “Liveware Problem” in Waterloo was the only team to solve every single coding question - 18 problems in 75 minutes. In Cambridge, team “Benevolent Bodacious Barbarians Plus Plus” finished the puzzle challenge with a top score across all locations. A huge congratulations to all the teams who were crowned the winners at each site.
Giant Hand from the University of Texas at Austin
); DROP TABLE teams; -- from Princeton University
Liveware Problem from the University Of Waterloo
We're Bad At This from Carnegie Mellon University
UNO CS Squad from the University Of New Orleans
Thyme Lords from New York University
Volcano Volcanoes from the University Of Washington, Seattle
Chrono Crew from the University Of Maryland College Park
Shuai's Guys from Northwestern University Illinois
Jumping Jalapeños from Georgia Institute Of Technology
nibbles ᕕ( ՞ ᗜ ՞ )ᕗ from Stanford University
EPOCH FAIL from the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)
Team Avocado from San Jose State University
Tyrannosaurus Rekt from WPI Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Doctor Poo from the California Institute Of Technology
Ultimate Norf from Harvey Mudd College
Team a4c1bed85s0365c from the University Of British Columbia
The Building challenge at Google Games involved some creative thinking and many straws.
to your circles on Google+ to learn more about next year’s competition. We hope to see you there and uncover your passion for computer science.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
June 20, 2016
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. In partnership with EmployAbility, we are excited to announce this year’s recipients of
The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Please join us in congratulating the following recipients, along with the universities they attend:
, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Cristina Isabel Font
, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
, University of Trento, Italy
, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
, TU Darmstadt, Germany
, Open University, Israel
Trung Hieu Nguyen
, Aalto University, Finland
Each scholar will receive 7,000 Euros to support their studies for the 2016/2017 academic year. All scholars have been selected based on their passion for Computer Science, academic achievement, leadership, and technical accomplishments.
Applications for the 2017 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will open in October. Follow our updates on this blog for information about when applications will open.
Posted by Maya Tudor, EMEA Diversity Scholarships Program Manager
Presenting our 2016 Google scholarship recipients!
June 16, 2016
Here at Google, we strive to create meaningful connections with rising computer science talent by creating programs that engage students from around the world. While these individuals come from different backgrounds and experiences, many have faced the challenge of being underrepresented in the tech industry. We’re working to change that.
As part of
our initiatives focused on expanding diversity
, Google offers scholarships that support and encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in computer science and become part of the next generation of tech leaders. We recently selected recipients from the following scholarship programs:
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
for women in technology (
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Generation Google Scholarship
for high school and university students from underrepresented backgrounds in computer science.
Google Lime Scholarship
for students with disabilities.
Google Student Veterans of America (SVA) Scholarship
for student veterans.
We’re excited to announce the
2016 recipients of these scholarships
and congratulate them for their hard work and dedication. These students will join a community of Google scholars who are actively changing the diversity status quo in the tech industry. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these exceptional students!
Stay tuned for our announcement of the
Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Asia Pacific
Writing the best business report for the AdMob Student App Challenge
June 16, 2016
With less than two weeks left in the AdMob Student App Challenge, you should now be working on your business reports. In order to qualify, your team must submit a business report along with your app so please review the
. Here are some tips to help you write your business report:
The presentation and layout are easy - just follow the
on the AdMob website, and provide logical and cohesive explanations on each step of your decision-making process.
Give examples along the way. This does not necessarily mean flashy and colorful graphics, but a clear marketing strategy and an examples of your app’s performance will go a long way with the panel.
Don’t worry about having the report translated to English. Submit the business report in the language you are most comfortable with.
It’s important to make sure your business report
demonstrates a sound strategy behind the choices made when integrating AdMob into the app.
With your marketing strategy, talk about how you have already marketed your app, and what you’re doing to get the word out about your app and to maximize downloads.
While time is running short, continue to promote your app, monitor feedback, and get your business report wrapped up. The submission deadline is
June 28, 2016 by 5:00PM PST
, and this includes both your
. As always, follow us on
for updates and keep an update on #AdMobSAC16 too, for any last-minute posts.
Posted by Jeff Miner
AdMob Student App Challenge Team
Looking to the last month of the AdMob Student App Challenge
June 6, 2016
There is now a month left before the final submission date for the AdMob Student App Challenge. At this point in the contest, your team should have completed the design of your app, and it should be live on the Google Play Store. For the remainder of the contest, we recommend that your team focus on the following:
Monitor user feedback so that you can make improvements as the app gets the feedback. Your app should be high quality, and part of that is improving it based on user suggestions.
submit your app and AdMob account ID
to AdMob so we know you’ve built it.
Promote your app. Think about creative ways to do it. Next week, look for a post on promotional suggestions that are simple and effective.
Now is the time to start readying your business report, which is due on
June 28, 2016 by 5:00PM PST through this
The Challenge website already has a recommended
on it, and we will be sending out some pointers on having the best possible project soon.
Remember, your project will be reviewed by a
panel of app experts from Google
, so your business report will need to be thorough and of professional-level quality.
Continue to follow us on
for updates on the last month of the Challenge and keep an update on #AdMobSAC16 too, for any last-minute posts.
Posted by Jeff Miner
AdMob Student App Challenge Team
Google Travel Grant Application: 2016 Grace Hopper Conference ***UPDATE***
June 2, 2016
The deadline has been extended to July 17, 2016
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to increase the number of women in technology, we are excited to offer travel grants to the
2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference
taking place in Houston, Texas from October 19 - 21, 2016. Once again, this year’s conference will offer incredible opportunities for mentoring, networking and career development.
University students and industry professionals in the US and Canada who are excelling in technology and passionate about supporting women in tech can apply for a travel grant to attend the 2016 Grace Hopper conference.
Round trip flight to Houston, TX (from within the US or Canada)
$75 USD reimbursement for miscellaneous travel costs
Arranged hotel accommodations from October 18-22
A fun event with your travel grant recipients on one of the evenings of the conference!
Please apply here
by Sunday, July 17, 2016. The Grace Hopper Travel Sponsorship winners will be announced by July 27th.
For questions, please email
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