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Student applications now being accepted for Google Summer of Code
March 29, 2011
Cross-posted from the
Official Open-Source at Google Blog
Today marks the start of the 2011
Google Summer of Code
student application period.
Google Summer of Code
is a global program where university students are given a stipend to write code for open source projects over a three month period. Through
Google Summer of Code
, accepted students are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, gaining exposure to real-world software development and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
Google Summer of Code
is a highly competitive program with a limited number of students being accepted. We are pleased to announce that this year we have enlarged the program so that we can accept as many as 150 additional students. We hope all interested students will apply!
Now it is time for the students to submit their proposals to the accepted mentoring organizations via the Google Summer of Code
from today through
Friday, April 8th 19:00 UTC
For the past 10 days students have had the opportunity to review the Ideas pages for this year’s 175
and to research which projects they would like to contribute to for this year’s Google Summer of Code.
Every year we have thousands of students who apply for the Google Summer of Code program but due to the limited number of slots many students are not able to be a part of the program. The quality of your proposal is what will make you stand out from your peers. Students should consult the
Google Summer of Code
for suggestions on how to write a
that will grab the attention of the mentoring organizations. Multiple proposals are allowed but we highly recommend focusing on quality over quantity. The mentoring organizations have many proposals to review, so it is important to follow each organization’s specific guidelines or templates and we advise you to submit your proposal early so you can receive timely feedback.
For more tips, see a list of some
helpful dos and don’ts
for successful student participation written by a group of experienced
Google Summer of Code
for the program site,
Frequently Asked Questions
. You can also stay up-to-date on all things Google Summer of Code on our Google Open Source
or on IRC at #gsoc on
Good luck students and remember to submit your proposals early–you only have until April 8!
By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs Office
Programs and Competitions
UNCF honors Google as Corporation of the Year
March 24, 2011
Each year the
United Negro College Fund
(UNCF) honors a corporate partner with the UNCF Award for Corporation of the Year. We are honored to announce that Google received this recognition at the annual awards ceremony in Oakland, CA, this year.
At the awards gala, the audience enjoyed a video (included below) highlighting Google’s work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and our
with UNCF. Tara Canobbio, K-12 Programs Specialist and a leader of the Black Googlers Network, accepted the award on behalf of Google and was joined by 20 Googlers who are also members of various
Employee Resource Groups
The Google-UNCF Relationship
UNCF’s mission is to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty at HBCUs. Google supports UNCF’s efforts by providing up to 20 computer science students with $10,000 in academic scholarships each year. Google-UNCF Scholars are also invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Launched in 2006, the program is now in its fifth year. Applications for the
2011 are due May 31, 2011.
Continuing Our Investment in HBCUs
Our investment in HBCUs extends beyond our scholarship partnership with UNCF. We support HBCUs by participating in institutional programs that further the schools’ goals of corporate exposure and pipeline retention. We also make financial contributions to computer science program development at five HBCU partner schools - Morehouse College, Spelman College, Howard University, Hampton University and North Carolina A&T University - and an additional donation to the Howard Middle School for Mathematics and Science. And the support doesn’t stop there. To date, we’ve helped ten HBCU’s “Go Google” and transition their schools onto
Google Apps for Education
, including Tuskegee University.
Our financial and in-kind support of HBCUs is part of our larger effort to increase diversity in the technology industry, not just in our workforce, but also within the universities that are educating the next generation of digital leaders.
We are excited about the future of our partnerships with UNCF and HBCUs as we leverage Google products to increase access to educational content in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as promote entrepreneurship and innovation in education.
To keep up to date with our partnerships, stay connected on our Diversity@Google YouTube site:
and our Facebook page:
Posted by LaFawn Bailey, Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion
Calling all high school seniors considering studying computer science in the US or Canada - Apply to Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute!
March 23, 2011
Google is invested in increasing the enrollment and retention of Computer Science students, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in the field. The study of Computer Science can be challenging and fun, and Google wants to inspire these students – the innovators of the future – to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.
With this in mind, Google has created the
Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)
. Up to 60 aspiring computer scientists will be selected to attend one of the all-expenses-paid CSSI sessions at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Our first session will take place from June 26 - July 16, 2011 while the second will take place from July 24 - August 12, 2011. This special institute will include an interactive and collaborative CS curriculum, as well as a unique residential experience in which students can build a network with other attendees. They will meet alumni from their schools and other Google engineers while immersing themselves in daily life at the Googleplex. Students will also enjoy technical talks by Googlers, lectures by guests from across the technology industry, and social activities around the Bay Area.
Would you like to benefit from the technical curriculum and the networking opportunities of the CSSI? We are looking for students eager to spend a few weeks living the Google life – tackling interesting technical problems, working collaboratively and having fun. We want students to leave empowered, heading into their 1st year of college armed with a unique learning experience that can only be had at Google.
The program is open to all qualified high school seniors (students must be planning to attend a university in the US or Canada), and is committed to addressing diversity in the field of Computer Science. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.
for more information and to apply today! Have questions? Feel free to contact us at
April 22, 2011. Select students will receive a short technical interview via telephone.
Posted by Jessica Lulovics, University Programs
2011 European Scholarship for Students with Disabilities: results announced
March 22, 2011
We're pleased to announce the winners of the second annual
European Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
. This scholarship gives recognition to outstanding scientific contributions from students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science at a university in the European Union, Switzerland or Israel. It aims to help break barriers that keep students with disabilities from entering computing and encourages them to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders in creating technology.
Scholarships will be granted for the 2011-2012 academic year, and recipients will be invited to attend an all-expenses-paid retreat at Google’s Engineering Center in Zurich in June 2011. The retreat includes workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities.
This year we received almost double the amount of applications compared to 2010 and have increased the number of scholars from seven to 10.
Congratulations to our scholars!
, The University Of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
, University Of Geneva, Switzerland
, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
, Heidelberg University, Germany
, University Of Liverpool, United Kingdom
, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
Polina Proutskova Goldsmiths
, University of London, United Kingdom
, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
, University Of Southampton, United Kingdom
For complete details, see
. To learn more about scholarships, grants and other opportunities for students in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, visit
Posted by Jenny McColl, Univeristy Programs Specialist, EMEA
Register now: Live AdWords webinar for Google Online Marketing Challenge
March 18, 2011
We understand that learning about AdWords for the Google Online Marketing Challenge can be difficult in such a short time frame. So we’ve decided to give you a helping hand and run a live, online webinar on Thursday March 24th from 2pm - 3:15pm GMT (please check your local time zone).
During the webinar, which you can watch from the comfort of your desk or couch, we’ll discuss the basics needed for setting up, running and optimising successful campaigns and we’ll also have a few Google goodies to give away to some lucky attendees! This event will be run in conjunction with the AdWords Online Classroom, an educational site for AdWords users, and places will be very limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have never created an AdWords Online Classroom account, please make sure to click on the appropriate link at the top of the registration page to create your unique account login and password. (Tip: If you do not have an AdWords Customer ID number, you can enter 000-000-0000 into this section of the registration page.) Go ahead and
register here now
We do realise that this time won’t suit everyone, so we intend to record the webinar and send it to everyone who registers for the event. So, spread the word and get busy learning!
Posted by Sara Fogarty, AdWords Online Classroom
National Engineers Week 2011: Classroom visits inspire students to pursue CS
March 18, 2011
Cross-posted from the
Official Google Blog
We love using our computer science (CS) and engineering skills to solve some of world’s most interesting and important problems. We also know that not enough students are pursuing careers in CS and that the U.S. currently has a
3-to-1 gap for computer and mathematical sciences jobs
(that’s three job openings for every job seeker). So this year, for
National Engineers Week
, Google engineers across the country visited local middle schools and high schools to talk to more than 5,000 students about their own careers in computer science.
Instead of hosting students at Google for National Engineers Week as we’ve done in the past, this year we traveled to local communities to talk to the students on their own turf. Engineers Week fell during spring break in many areas, so we spread our school visits throughout the month of March.
As part of this event, I visited Odle Middle School in Bellevue, Washington with four other engineers from our Kirkland office. We split up into 16 different classrooms during the day, and talked about the importance of basic programming skills for all the sciences (it’s not just for CS majors!) before moving on to activities related to programming and algorithmic thinking (searching and sorting). It was a lot of fun to interact with the students—and we all left with a greater appreciation for the work that the teachers perform every day.
One of the engineers in our group is Japanese (his friends and family are fortunately all safe) and he gave a particularly resonant example of how CS can have a big impact. After the recent earthquake, geologists used computer models to predict where and when tsunamis were likely to hit coastal regions. This information was used to send warnings and direct resources where they were needed most. The speed and accuracy of these warnings is a credit to the scientists who combined their knowledge of geology with their programming expertise to produce these life-saving programs.
We really care about encouraging students to pursue careers in all the sciences (including computer science). By introducing students to interesting people who work in computer science, we hope we can inspire them to develop their own skills in this area.
Posted by Gary Kacmarcik, Software Engineer
College Basketball 2011: Over 50% of the bracket has gone Google
March 17, 2011
[Cross-posted on the
March is a special time for college basketball enthusiasts as the
NCAA® Championship games
heat up. This season is especially exciting for us on the Apps for Education team to watch, as more than half of the teams in this year’s tournament have Gone Google – meaning they’re using
Google Apps for Education
With more than 11 million students, faculty and staff who are already part of the Google Apps “squad” – providing their campus community with collaboration and communication tools – we’d like to congratulate the 37 Apps schools who are vying for the championship and wish them luck with the rest of the tournament, including:
Alabama State University
Old Dominion University
San Diego State University
University of Akron
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of Kentucky
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Utah State University
For information about how to become a
campus, please visit
. While we’re sorry to say we can’t promise any success on the basketball court, you can at least make your own bracket a "slam dunk" with the
Google Docs bracket template
Posted by Steven Butschi, Google Apps for Education team (and college hoops enthusiast)
Future filmmakers, talk show hosts, sportscasters and media executives: a new school for you
March 16, 2011
The media world is changing: from how we produce, distribute and consume content to how we categorize different genres – from film to sports to news. Moreover, because of the insane number of megapixels on our phones, savvy friends, and online tools, everyone’s a content creator now - not just the major studios that you hear about on TV. Whether you're capturing your first film, producing your school's talk show, riding the side line commentary of the game, or "flip cam-ing" your friend's (most) embarrassing moment on a Friday night, you’re making content.
Often, many of us have greater aspirations to turn these content creation hobbies into careers –from being media executives to award-winning writers or actors. Some of us are given opportunities to hone our skills, but many of us aren’t. We may simply lack opportunities to explore our content aspirations or, if we already have exposure, may want to extend our skills even more. And even more often, a lot of us just don't know where to start.
To help nurture the world's next generation of leading creators, we've created the
YouTube Creator Institute
, a new school for all kinds of content creators. We’ve worked with some of the world’s leading film and television universities to put together this new series of media programs. Based both on YouTube and onsite at the campuses of our institutional partners, participants will learn from a unique new media curriculum, apply new media tools, find out how to build their audiences, be promoted globally on the YouTube platform, and engage with industry leaders and experts. Participants will learn everything from story arcing to cinematography, money-making strategies to social media tactics. The wider YouTube community will be able to learn along the way, too, by following the rise of the YouTube Creator Institute’s inaugural class on YouTube this summer. Oh, and it’s all paid for.
The inaugural YouTube Creator Institute programs begin in the United States in May this year.
The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
is the country’s first film school and regarded as one of the leading schools in the world, with an alumni base of industry leaders and an array of notable accolades. The YouTube-USC Creator Institute takes place from May 25 until June 22 in Los Angeles, CA.
Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department
has been innovating around new online media strategies for years, with students creating award-winning web-isodes while investigating new opportunities in the online space. The YouTube-Columbia College Chicago Creator Institute begins on May 31 and ends on July 22 in Chicago, IL.
Any U.S. citizen over 18 is welcome to apply, and candidates may apply online at
from now until midnight on March 25. Applications include two short answer questions and a maximum two-minute demonstration of the creator’s craft, whether it be a short film, a clip of a personal cooking show, or a snapshot of a nature expedition (please make sure that you don’t exceed the 2 minute limit!). Afterwards, the YouTube community will vote for two weeks between March 29 and April 8 for their favorite creators. The top-voted candidates will move on to the final round, where our film and television school partners will choose the inaugural class for each of their programs, which will be announced on April 20 at
about the application and judging criteria.
Whatever kind of content creator you are, we welcome you to join us this summer!
Posted by Bing Chen, YouTube Creator Initiatives and Product Marketing
Programs and Competitions
Young Innovators @ Google - Jeff Chang
March 15, 2011
Introduction: Today we’re launching Young Innovators @ Google, a new blog series highlighting the great work of Googlers who, not too long ago, were students like you. In their short careers, these engineers and product managers have had an impact on Google and our products. For our first post, we sat down for a few questions with Jeff Chang, a Product Manager for Google Chrome.
When did you first join Google, and why were you interested in being a product manager?
My first position at Google was as an
Associate Product Manager
(APM) intern in the summer of 2007. At the time, I was studying computer science at MIT, with a minor in management. Though I had done a number of software engineering internships in previous years, I had the opportunity to take on a more product-management-like role at
, an Internet content delivery company, during my junior year. I was immediately drawn to the idea of being involved in the entire product development life-cycle from design to launch, envisioning the “big picture” and working alongside various roles outside of pure engineering.
I learned a lot during the summer I spent as a Google APM intern, working on what eventually became
. After the internship, I knew that product management was a good fit for me, and I joined Google full-time in the fall of 2008 after graduating with my bachelor’s degree.
What was your first project at Google, and what impact did it have?
My first official project after joining full-time involved a piece of the Gmail backend used for routing emails and other messages across
. This infrastructure work familiarized me with the various technologies and dependencies within the organization. Within a couple months, I had joined the
team, which consisted of only a few engineers and no product manager at the time. The Groups team was working hard to replace the internal mailing list system used within Google, but there weren’t really any concrete plans for developing it further after that.
Both the team’s engineering manager and I realized there was a huge opportunity for Groups to expand into the enterprise Google Apps business. We were able to get the organization’s leadership to agree, and were soon executing on our vision. And that’s how I found myself taking charge of a product, and designing and prioritizing features, only a few months after joining.
Long story short, about a year later, the team officially
Google Groups as an enterprise product, and it’s used by millions of people today. Even though the team itself was quite small, we had plenty of computing infrastructure available to support our launch, as well as dozens of companies willing to beta test the product.
How has your role evolved since then?
After working on Groups for a year, I decided to switch to the
team as part of the
rotation. At first, I focused on the technologies and APIs that make advanced
possible; now, I oversee all user interface features, Flash and PDF plugins, and privacy in Chrome. I also manage the feature set that goes into every Chrome release, and am coordinating the Chrome team’s presence at the
developer conference this year.
The challenges of working on Chrome are different than those of Groups -- we target a slightly different user audience, almost all of our development work is done publicly since it’s an open-source product (I constantly remind myself that tech bloggers can read my bug updates), and I have to juggle efforts distributed across a dozen or more office locations. But the work is fulfilling in many of the same ways, as I get to reach and affect millions of people’s daily lives.
Overall, how do you feel about your last few years here at Google, and what do you see yourself doing next?
To say I’ve been lucky to have had so many opportunities is an understatement. I’m very happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish in just a couple years here, and I’m also super grateful to all the talented Googlers I’ve worked with. It still surprises me how much ownership and independence I’m given as a 24-year old college grad.
As for what’s next -- for now, there is plenty of exciting work happening on Chrome; the team and the user base is growing impressively, and I’m looking forward to guiding it through many more versions. I’m still learning more and being challenged by my job every day, so I plan to keep at it as long as that’s true. And I know that no matter what I do in the future, I’ll be much better equipped with the skills I’ve acquired and experiences I’ve had at Google.
Any fun Google stories to share?
One of my fondest memories will always be the time I woke up at 4 a.m. to watch the auctioning of fresh tuna at Tokyo’s
Tsukiji fish market
with my fellow APMs during our multi-city
in the summer of 2009. After dragging our bleary-eyed selves to the market and watching the raucous auction, we stepped into a nearby restaurant to feast on some of the fresh fish. It was without a doubt the best sushi I’ve ever had, anywhere. I remember, at one point, realizing we had missed the rendezvous time that
had pre-arranged for the group -- only to look across at the other table and see she was still eating as well. So we just ordered more sushi.
Baseline to baseline, we've got the basketball games covered
March 14, 2011
Cross-posted on the
Official Google Blog
Do you hear the dribble on the court and the chanting of the fans? Following an action-packed week of
, the 2011 NCAA® Championship here in the U.S. promises to be as exciting as ever.
As a college hoops fan, I often wish I could experience the games sitting in the arenas—and I’m sure I’m not alone. This year, our
college basketball tournament map
lets you get as close as you can to the games without leaving your desk thanks to 3D models of the tournament’s 14 arenas. Take a virtual tour of the venues by watching the
download this tour
and open it in
Plus, we’ve created a
for you to keep track of all the excitement during the next few weeks. You can see an up-to-date tournament schedule, explore the college campuses in Street View and click through to watch the actual games on NCAA® March Madness on Demand®. You can also create a bracket using Google Docs, read Google News articles on the games and download basketball apps from the Chrome Web Store. It’s all here (along with a fun surprise) at
And since there’s been a
over whether teams playing closer to their home court have an advantage, we added a “Distance Tool” on the
to make it easier to measure how far schools have to travel from game to game. We’ll see how things play out, but the defending champion Duke Blue Devils may have to travel more than 2,000 miles to Anaheim if they win their first two games.
As my friends always say when we can’t wait for the tournament to begin, “
Send it in, Jerome!
” May your favorite school reach the finals and we hope you enjoy all the basketball fun at
Posted by Aaron Weissman, Google Maps Marketing (
San Francisco King of the Rock winner
just for fun
Important Update: Code Jam Japan
March 14, 2011
Due to the earthquake in Japan's Tohoku and Kanto regions, both qualifying and final rounds of Code Jam Japan have been postponed. We will announce the contest dates at a later date, possibly May 2011 but to be decided. Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Code Jam Japan Team
Google Docs eases the pain of group work
March 8, 2011
Miles Malerba is a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a
Google Student Ambassador
. In this post he writes about using Google Docs for group projects as a Software Engineering major. If you have a tip that you’d like to share and have featured on this blog,
let us know
As a Software Engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, I do a lot of group projects. Luckily I recently discovered what a powerful tool
can be for group project work, and I’m not the only one who has noticed; the majority of students in my software engineering classes are also now using Google Docs for their group assignments. The collaborative features of Google Docs make working on an assignment with other people much easier and more efficient.
Before Google Docs, I did my group projects in a traditional desktop word processor, which was always a hassle. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the common scenarios that plague traditional group work: everyone standing around while one person types (frustrating and unpleasant for everyone), or dividing up the work so each member is responsible for a portion (great in theory, but problems abound with multiple versions, overlapping content and the one laggard who always finishes at the last minute).
Luckily, thanks to Google Docs, I don’t have these problems anymore.
I recently took a software requirements class and was given a group assignment to meet with an actual start up company that was interested in doing requirements analysis on the software they were developing. My group - of course - used Google Docs to help us coordinate. In our initial team meeting we set up a collection that was shared with all of the group members; this way any document we added to the collection could immediately be seen by everyone else in the group. After that we created outlines for all of the documents we needed and added them to the collection. We assigned each person a section to start working on and adjourned the meeting. Later that night when I went to work on my section I found that a few of the other group members were logged in too, working on their sections. As I worked on my section I encountered a few areas that needed to be clarified and so I just used the chat panel in Docs to ask my group what they thought. By the time I finished my section, I noticed everyone else had finished theirs too and I could immediately look over the document and make sure everything fit together. There was no emailing documents back and forth, everything just came together as we wrote it.
After completing the initial draft of the documents my group went to do an on-site meeting with the company. Only after reaching their office did we realize nobody had actually printed the documents to show them! After a brief moment of panic I realized that we did have our laptops and an internet connection. I jumped on to Google Docs, brought up the relevant documents, and shared them with the stakeholders in the meeting. We realized that this was actually a better way to do it, because we were all logged in and could take notes right on the document. The stakeholders could see us making notes based on their feedback so they knew we weren’t missing anything important. At the end of the meeting we told the stakeholders that should they come up with any additional feedback they could just add a comment right to the document and we’d take care of it.
For me this project was one of those moments where you realize just how much technology has changed the way you do things. Now that I use Google Docs I can’t imagine having to do a group project without it.
So whenever I wind up in a group that has never tried Docs before I insist that we try it, and we can stop using it if the group doesn’t like it; I’ve never been in a group that didn’t like it.
Posted by Miles Malerba, Rochester Institute of Technology
Do you like to solve complex algorithmic problems...in Japanese?
March 7, 2011
Google Code Jam Japan
is now open for registration!
is an annual programming competition in which professional and student programmers are asked to solve complex algorithmic challenges in a limited amount of time, using the programming language of their choice. This year, Googlers in the Tokyo office came up with a unique set of problems and prepared a fully internationalized contest UI, all in Japanese. Mark you calendars for the dates below!
March 19th 1:00 pm JST* - Qualifying Round (6 hr)
March 26th 1:00 pm JST* - Final Round (3 hr)
*All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).
Note: One must be over 13 years of age and have a valid address in Japan to participate. Both the Qualifying Round and Final Round will take place online.
For more details, check out the Google Japan official Blog
or follow us on Twitter at
Posted by Yuko Chitani, Talent & Outreach Programs, Japan
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