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In early August, 20 students from 10 countries and 15 universities had the opportunity to attend Google’s European Android Camp in the London office. Students were invited to a jam-packed week of Android learning and development, career panels, tech talks and social activities. The goal of the event was to give students a chance to learn, practice and have fun while developing applications for the Android operating system with the support of Google engineers. The theme for the week was Create the Good in Your Community, with the winning team designing a carpooling app for ride sharing.

We asked the winning team to tell us about their experience at Android Camp:


What was the highlight of Android Camp for you?
Andreea: Android Camp was a mix of intensive programming, having fun and making new friends.

Hanna: My highlight was looking at my sleep deprived, zombie-like teammates in disbelief after the judges announced us as winners.

Raquel: I’d choose the last day of Hack-a-thon. Creating a fully functioning app from scratch within 24 hours is a blast! But the most important thing: we learned a lot while having a lot of fun.

Brit: The best part for me was the moment we solved the main problem in our code and got it to work.


Do you think Android Camp helped you build or develop any skills?
Andreea: Android Camp helped me understand the best way to be successful when developing apps (your app should do one thing and do it good).

Hanna: I went from knowing nothing about Android development to developing an app in just a matter of days - so that should serve as proof. I also learned a thing or two about teamwork.

Raquel: I learned a lot about Android development, how to develop user-friendly apps, and how to adapt to real users’ requirements.

What was your favorite session?
Hanna: The hack-a-thon was my favorite part of Android Camp. To go from an idea to a functional app in 24 hours was really cool, and the level of focus and determination in the room was truly inspiring.

Raquel: I’d choose two: the development of real-world applications session and the presentation skills session. Those tips will help me during my whole career.

Brit: My favorite studying session was the animation class. We learned how to create short animations for our apps, and it’s amazing how pretty and professional you can make it look with just a little effort. And the great sushi class!

How do you think Android Camp will help you further your academic career?
Andreea: I am thinking about creating an android application as my bachelor's thesis so all the work I did during that week will be helpful.

Raquel: It has reminded me that as an engineer, I can contribute to creating things to improve the lives of millions of people. Moreover, I feel more confident with my technical skills, and it has encouraged me to continue improving my software engineering skills.

Brit: When I arrived at Android Camp I knew absolutely nothing about Android development, and by the end of the week I built a whole app from scratch.

What are your next steps?
Andreea: I want to develop as many Android Applications as time allows to practice the skills I have gathered during my week in London, and also apply for the Google Internship next summer.

Hanna: I’m continuing my Masters in Computer Graphics, and developing a game in my spare time.

Raquel: I am doing a research internship at the University of Southern California as a part of my PhD. After attending Android Camp, I am really motivated to apply for the next Google summer internships.

Brit: I’m starting my Masters in Computer Science, but I hope to reapply for an internship at Google in a year of two!

Read more student testimonials in our ‘Live from London Android Camp’ G+ series.For more information on opportunities at Google, please visit Google Students. For more updates please stay tuned on the Google Students Blog.

Posted by Maya Tudor & Karine Karpati, EMEA University Programs Team

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Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!

Where are you from?
I'm from the amazing Moldova!

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the American University in Bulgaria.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I got introduced to Google as a potential employer when I was a freshman at university. At that point, I realized that working at Google would be a DREAM job. In the summer of 2013 I received an email with the call for applications for Google AdCamp EMEA, so I decided to give it a shot and amazingly, I got in. Through AdCamp, I got the chance to take a deep dive into Google’s culture and explore Google’s career opportunities, while spending four days at Google Dublin (EU HQ).


What type of internship are you doing?
I did a Business Associate Internship at the Google Wroclaw office in Poland. Half of my time was spent working with Small and Medium Business (SMB) Services for the Russian Market and the other half was spent working on my project: AdWords Policies optimization.

What does your workday look like?
Typically I would use the morning to do all of my SMB Services tasks and after lunch, I would mostly work on my project, which involved analyzing data, getting in touch with Googlers in other offices and developing supporting materials for my findings.

What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
Besides working on the core job related to SMB Services for the Russian Market, I completed an analysis of all of the major issues related to AdWords Policies in this Market. Based on my research, I was able to provide Google employees solutions and implementations related to providing a better user experience when it came to dealing with AdWords policies. Additionally, I managed to host two Webinars related to AdWords for the Russian speaking market. Finally, I delivered three trainings for Nooglers (New Googlers) and Full-time employees of the Russian SMB Services Team.

At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
I was able to work with Googlers who had deep knowledge on the subjects related to my core work and received support from the people around me, on any questions that arose during my project. Additionally, the team diversity made every working day unique, starting from people playing on the guitar when they wanted to relax and finishing with amazing travel stories from Mount Kilimanjaro.


We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
The perk that I loved the most was the ability to work from any Google office. This option gave me the chance to travel around the region and explore some amazing cities like Berlin, Prague and Warsaw.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
“Being Googley” is about being open to everyday awesomeness and collaboration. It’s about having a unique hobby and sharing it with other people. It's also about giving support whenever needed and loving all of the things that you do.

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
I simply fell in love with Wroclaw. Google was wise to place its office there. It is a super lively and a large beautiful city, while still providing you with a sense of coziness. It had anything a person needed for his or her free time, like: kayaking, aqua park, football, great pubs and restaurants, beautiful architecture and the friendliest people.


What will you do after your internship?
I’m back at university completing my senior year. Soon, I will start a part-time internship at a Marketing company in Bulgaria. I'll also be pursuing my hobby in theatrical acting.

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
First, be honest in your application. Everything you write should express who you actually are.

Secondly, be active during your student years by participating with different clubs and activities, and develop yourself through an interesting hobby.


Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
EEA work authorization is required for roles supporting EEA markets.

Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland!

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I’m about to begin my fourth year of Marketing and Innovation Technology at Dublin City University, which is going to be pretty hard after spending a Summer at Google! After high school, it was my dream to go to art school, but when I was offered this course I decided to give it a try. Lucky for me, I absolutely love it! It’s an awesome and super modern course that covers basic marketing practices, but also explores the cutting edge technology and design skills that are needed to become a 21st century marketeer!

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
My Google story actually started about a year ago, when I was asked to participate in Google Adcamp EMEA (read my article about the experience here). If you haven't heard of AdCamp before, it’s 3 days of pure awesomeness! You get to spend those 3 days in the Google office, meet other students from across EMEA, attend product talks from seasoned Google employees, and explore Dublin.

I have always had an obsession with technology. More recently my focus has been on mobile and developing my mobile marketing skill set. Google is at the forefront of everything that is “mobile” and “connected” so it became apparent very quickly that this was where I needed to be.

Disclaimer: The free food, killer gym and massages did NOT play any part in my wanting to join Google (I swear) ;)

What type of internship are you doing?
I am a Business Associate Intern and am on the UK SMB Sales team for Google AdWords! I count myself so lucky to be on this team, because I am SO passionate about the product we sell. My role is to help small and medium businesses across the UK scale and grow through the use of Google's advertising solutions (it sounds amazing, I know).

The businesses that I work with come in all shapes and sizes, and no one Google advertising solution works for all of them. Adapting and developing unique online marketing strategies for each client is what makes my role so awesome! Every day is different and that is really important to me.

I am also working on Customer Education and have formed a Hangout on Air program for my team. We actually had our first live broadcast last week, which went down a storm. The customers loved it!


What does your workday look like?
Every day is different at Google, it’s what makes this such an amazing place to work. But here is what my average day could look like:

9:00 Breakfast with the Interns (Google has the best omelettes, so I usually opt for one of these!)
9.30 Work through emails
10:00 Consultation with an Advertiser
11:00 Intern events committee meeting
12:00 Lunch (Yes, it is free - all you can eat)
13.30 Consultation with an Advertiser
14.15 Consultation with an Advertiser
15:00 Training (this could be anything from Youtube, Google Shopping or Remarketing trainings)
15.30 Grab a coffee with one of my mentors
16:00 Shadow a different team (I try to spent at least two hours a week shadowing other teams)
17.00 Meeting with marketing team in Mountain View (The mountain view marketing team played a huge part in my customer education project, so I have a lot of evening meetings with them!)
18:30 TRX & Kettle Bell Class in the Google gym with my buddies

What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
My biggest accomplishment was being able to plan, execute and report on our hangout on air series from start to finish. We targeted the Hangout on Air at 5000 customers, so it was a pretty big project. There were so many stakeholders and being able to manage all is something I am super proud of. My team had never done anything of this scale before and I was delighted that I successfully launched the biggest one yet! I was also able to convince other teams (such as marketing) to support us with various assets, which felt pretty awesome too!


At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
Diversity is one of the best things about working at Google. The ability to work with people from different places and backgrounds, gives amazing opportunities to learn from one another.

During my Internship, I was lucky enough to be elected onto the “Intern social committee” which was a small group of interns who ran internal events! The group was made up of Irish, English, Russian, Dutch and Croatian members. A moment that stood out to me, was a brainstorming session when we spoke about the events that we could potentially run! Everyones ideas were so VERY different, but all equally wonderful! I guess it was just interesting to hear about what everyone considered a “normal” or a "frequent" event in their hometown!"

We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
When you don't work at Google, you think the perks are the best part. Speaking from experience, I can say that the best part about working here is the unique people. Being surrounded by such smart, enthusiastic and outgoing people, everyday, is incredibly inspiring. There is something fantastically interesting about every person you talk to here. You learn so much from your peers, it’s insane. Being around people like that everyday makes you the best possible version of yourself and it opens your eyes to so many different cultures, mind sets and ways of doing things.


What does “being Googley” mean to you?
I love this question! It’s something I get asked all the time! I honestly think that everyone has a different idea on what Googliness or what being Googley is, but it doesn't matter what it is or whether it's work related or not. It’s a passion that they bring to work and want to share, and use to help their work, their team, or all of Google itself.

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
The Google Dublin (EU HQ) is ridiculously cool! I just love it!

It spans 4 buildings and there is something totally unique about each one!

We have a gym, a swimming pool, dozens of kitchens, a bar, games room, karaoke rooms, nail bars, massage chair ... literally, you name it and it’s probably here!

My favourite area is in the Gasworks building. It has an old fashioned library, with hundreds of books and big, comfy armchairs. I get most of my blogging done there. Its just the perfect spot to plug in your earphones and get stuck into some work!

What will you do after your internship?

After my internship I am returning to college, for my final year of Marketing and Innovation Technology at Dublin City University! As much as I’ll miss Google, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my old classmates and getting stuck into some project work.

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?

1.) BE UNIQUE ― Do you have any idea how many people apply for these internships? No? Well, neither do I, but I’m guessing in the thousands. So it’s important to spend some time thinking about how you're going to stand out from the crowd. Be creative when it comes to your resume, add as many links as you can to your college assignments, any project work you’ve done, videos, slideshows ... you name it! I also think having a nicely formatted resume can do wonders!

2.) GAIN EXPERIENCE ― I know first hand, that it can be tough to get good work experience as a student. Remember that experience doesn't always mean “work” experience. There are a lot of things you can do to make yourself a more appealing candidate, such as:

  • Enter the Google Online Marketing Challenge: this will show that you have first hand experience with AdWords and running online marketing campaigns.


  • Become a blogger and have your own website: blogging is a great way to raise your personal profile and share your ideas. It also shows recruiters that you are dedicated and hardworking (if you post frequently). If you set up advertising on the blog (Via Google Adsense) and tracking (Via Google Analytics) it instantly shows recruiters you have first hand product knowledge.


Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
EEA work authorization is required for roles supporting EEA markets.

Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Helsingborg, a small town located in the beautiful southern part of Sweden, only 4 KM from Denmark. The geographical location enabled my mother and father to meet each other, and hence I am half Danish. For the last five years, I have lived in Stockholm. Feel welcome to visit!

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I hold a bachelor degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Business Administration and Economics and I'm currently enrolled in their Business and Management Masters Program. I’m also super excited to be going on an exchange semester at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in the fall of 2014.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google has always been a dream employer for me due to its innovative corporate culture, diverse employees and the fast-moving business. My infinite interest in Google developed when I read “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, who held a high managerial position at Google. Sheryl Sandberg is my role model in business related manners, due to her interest in female empowerment. The fact that Google prioritizes diversity in its corporate climate made me even more interested in joining the organization. Furthermore, to be part of a successful tech company with corporate values that are aligned with my values played a significant factor in my motivation to apply. Since I had one year left at university, the best choice for me was to apply for an internship. Luckily for me, I got the fantastic opportunity to be part of Google team for three months.

What type of internship are you doing?
I was an intern at the SMB (small and medium size businesses) Services team for the Nordic countries. In my opinion, as an intern in the SMB Services department at Google you get the best possible internship. In services, half your time is spent working on a business development project and the other half with AdWords and customer support. As a result of this setup, I quickly learned the ins and outs of AdWords and how to troubleshoot and provide excellent solutions to our customers. I strongly developed my customer-oriented mindset, problem-solving skills and my ability to multitask.

For my business development project I was accountable for a revenue related project that required an extensive quantitative analysis. I structured, analyzed and created recommendations for how SMB Services can work more efficiently with revenue performance. I truly loved my project and all of the challenges I faced during the project path. I also got the opportunity to work closely with senior revenue Googlers on our team and across markets. From this project, I developed my quantitative analysis skills, learned how to break down a complex business issue to operational recommendations and how to structure and prioritize a project.


What does your workday look like?
I spend half of my day working on the core business giving AdWords customer support and the other half working on my project.

During my project time, I often chose to work elsewhere than at my desk, i.e. at the 13th floor which had the most beautiful view. This definitely gave me creative stimulation during working hours.

The team spirit was fantastic. We ate lunch together every single day and would regularly have fun playing ping-pong or pool.


What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
I am mainly proud of two accomplishments.

Firstly, I exceeded expectations when I passed the AdWords exam after only two training days. This resulted in a very fast ramp-up and enabled me to do customer face-time after only one week (normally this takes four weeks).

Secondly, I am very proud of my project analysis and recommendations. I was successful in communicating my key findings and recommendations to my team in a very concrete way and hence, grasped their attention and execution mode. The result of my project was appreciated and the recommendations are already being implemented as part of the core strategy in the SMB Services Nordics team and will soon be launched to the entire EMEA market.

At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
The diverse mindset is a fact at Google. You positively face it everyday. You meet people from all countries in the world - men, women, the LGBT community, different cultures and backgrounds, engineers, business people, etc. Before coming to Google, I had never experienced such a diverse environment and I am quite sure that nothing can compare with Google’s workplace diversity. This is totally fantastic and admirable!

The most outstanding moment was when I met one of my colleagues who is blind. Despite her impairment, she conducted her work with excellence ― talking with customers, guiding them through to find different features of the product. Google facilitated her work, by providing her with special resources so she can deliver without clear obstacles.


We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
It's definitely the people. A company can provide as many perks as possible, but the thing that impresses me the most are the people. The people you meet at Google are intelligent, helpful, humble, have a high level of social intelligence and have fantastic energy. This naturally affects the atmosphere in the office landscape in an extremely positive way.

At Google many different communities exist and as a feminist and as a person with a high interest in female empowerment, I attended different female events and talked to many successful women at Google. This provided me with insights into how I, as a woman, can potentially reach my goal to become an executive in the future. As a young woman, it was extremely interested in talking to women in senior-level positions and I appreciate and admire how much time these women invests in collaborating and chatting with us.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
For me, it means being innovative, humble, open and to have positive energy.


What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
That’s a difficult question since the Google Dublin (EU HQ) office in Ireland is totally amazing. If I am forced to choose, it would have to be the different relaxing/creative areas, where you can work or just have a coffee with your colleagues.

Being a Googler means being a part of a big and lovely family. I spent all my spare-time with other Googlers. We explored the beautiful nature of Ireland, the fun nightlife and partook in the delicious food.


What will you do after your internship?
I will complete my masters degree and try to handle all of the recruiters that are contacting me after joining Google :)

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
(1) Be personal but professional; and

(2) Keep it simple, with a very results-oriented mindset.


Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
EEA work authorization is required for roles supporting EEA markets.

Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!

Where are you from?
I’m from Lübeck, Germany - a lovely little city north of Hamburg. If you haven’t been there: GO, it’s beautiful! :)

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I did my Bachelors in ‘International Business Administration’ at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), The Netherlands. I’m currently enrolled in a Masters program in Business Information Management.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
At Google, you can truly be yourself. You can dress however you like and express yourself freely, without having to worry about being judged. Everyone I’ve met at Google has been nothing but welcoming and open-minded. The people at Google are really amazing!

What type of internship are you doing? Give a brief description.
I’m doing a 3 month Business Associate Internship in the SMB Services team at Google’s Wroclaw, Poland office. As a native German speaker, I joined the DACH team, which means that I work with customers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We support small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in their marketing activities using Google AdWords. At its core, this entails understanding their business environment, discussing the goals of their online efforts, setting up AdWords campaigns and analyzing their results.

At my workstation, chatting to a client

What does your workday look like?
It starts with an awesome breakfast! After my morning glass of fresh orange juice and some fruit, I would usually support our customers either by calling, emailing or having a chat. When I don’t know the answers, I can always consult with my colleagues, which is important to really understand all underlying issues and learn. On average, I would also have a couple of hours a day to work on my intern project, which in my case was focused on increasing our customer satisfaction. I looked into past data, found patterns, interviewed people from different offices and departments, and had meetings to keep all stakeholders updated.

What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
It would have to be when I presented my project findings to my team and management at the end of my internship. It was really exciting to share what I had been working on over the past few months ― knowing that the work I’ve put into my project was really insightful to them.

Motivational Message

What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
Time for balloons!

This would have to be planning a TGIF (Thank Google It's Friday!) with the other interns. We were a group of students from all over Europe with different backgrounds and experiences. The input from so many diverse people certainly made the planning a very creative process, with many different ideas and thoughts being picked thrown on the table in making the 'Intern TGIF' a summer highlight.

For me it’s really important that a workplace is international and has diversity. I greatly appreciate that Google provides me with just that. It’s really awesome!

We all know Googler’s and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
Assuming that you, as the reader, already know all about the amazing food, gym and massages, my favorite part of Google is how amazing the people are. I’ve made so many friends and have had such amazing times. Speaking of time, time flies when you’re at Google. Really, it’s that much FUN!
Enjoying the Google swings has also been one of my favorite parts.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
It's kind of hard to define. But ultimately, what it comes down to is: being an open-minded, social and caring individual (perhaps mixed with a little bit of craziness).

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
When I found out that Google imports German products like "Club Mate" or "Fritz Cola" for us, I couldn't quite believe it. This was just the cherry on the cake. Or more like the softly baked Oreo cookie on my cake, as I'm not actually a big fan of cherries. Anyhow, the office is amazing! I remember how on my first day when I was given an office tour, I was just walking around with my mouth wide open, not quite believing this is where I'd be working over the next months.

Highlights: the relaxing room with its massage chair, the fact that we have an office dog, and the central location of the office with a view over the city.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
This year I have dedicated myself to music by joining the 'Acapella Project' at my university and starting piano lessons. It's my goal to be able to play a couple of my favorite songs on piano and sing along to them, by the end of the year.

What will you do after your internship?
I’m going on exchange for my Masters in Canada, for about half a year. As sad as I am that my internship is over, I’m super excited about living in North America for a while. And who knows, maybe I’ll return to Google faster than I think ;)

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
1. Believe in yourself! It sounds cheesy, but it’s really important. Once you’re in the recruitment process, you must believe that you have the ‘googleyness’ they are looking to see in you (because you do!), show them what an engaged and caring person you are. Google isn’t all about having the best grades; it’s much more about being an engaged worker with ambition.

2. This might sound a bit dull, but prepare well. Depending on what internship you’re applying for, the questions might vary of course, e.g. if you’re applying for SMB Services/Sales, you should familiarize yourself with the relevant products, be clear about your motivation, your aspirations ,etc.

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you! :)

Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
EEA work authorization is required for roles supporting EEA markets.

Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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The annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing wrapped up last week, and as attendees from all over the world head back to their schools, universities, companies, and organizations, we want to reflect on what our commitment to this Celebration means to Google.

What started as a vision and a blank piece of paper shared between Anita Borg and Telle Whitney over dinner in 1994, has now become the single largest gathering of women in computing. From the first conference in Washington DC with 500 attendees, the Grace Hopper Celebration has grown exponentially to the massive number of over 8,000 attendees this year.

Google has been attending the Grace Hopper Celebration for over a decade, and we are proud to show our long-standing dedication to this conference by partnering at the highest level as a Visionary Platinum Sponsor. Google has been working with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) since 2004, and Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Knowledge, has been a member of the ABI Board of Trustees since 2006. To Google, Grace Hopper is more than a conference, it's an opportunity to invigorate and unite technical women.

20,000 glowsticks lit up the final night’s celebration at Grace Hopper.

We experienced many highlights this year and encouraged attendees to post about their experiences, as they happened using the hashtag #GoogleGHC14. These posts most accurately capture the exhilaration of GHC on-the-ground; excitement over seeing the self-driving car, reunions between interns, chatting with Megan Smith, the new Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and students pleased to demo Cardboard and get their very own to bring home.

Grace Hopper also reminds us of the work we have left to do to welcome future generations of women to the tech field and to retain those already here. GHC serves as a setting for women to share their experiences--and talk honestly about technology--the amazing, the awe-inspiring and even the extremely challenging aspects.

When we talk with faculty on college campuses, they frequently tell us how important the Grace Hopper Celebration is for their students, and that Grace Hopper can often serve as a game-changer for younger students in solidifying their interest in Computer Science. For that reason, Google was proud to sponsor travel scholarships for over 100 students, as well as invite and fund over 200 of our interns to join the celebration at Grace Hopper. These students came from all over the world; as far as Kazakhstan and South Africa. One travel grant recipient, Brianna Fugate, class of 2018 at Spelman College had this to say about her experience at Grace Hopper:

“Thank you so much for the opportunity and grant to attend Grace Hopper. When I share my stories with young girls considering tech I always tell them how important it is to have a strong network of social encouragement. It was an amazing experience to network with so many successful women in tech and gain insight as to what path I should be taking as a woman just beginning her journey in this industry.”

The Grace Hopper Celebration allows women in computing and their allies to connect, develop skills, and become invigorated as we - at Google and in the larger computing community - set our vision for bringing even more women into the technology industry. We can hardly wait for GHC 2015, and hope to see you in Houston!

Posted by Sidnie Davis, University Programs Specialist

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Applications are currently open for the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 2015. This scholarship supports talented computer scientists with a disability across Europe by offering 7,000 Euros towards their studies for 2015-16. As part of this commitment, Google has teamed up with EmployAbility, an organization dedicated to assisting disabled and dyslexic students in the transition from education to employment.


We recently caught up with Michael, a student from Russia and 2014 recipient of the Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, to hear first-hand about his experience as a Google Scholar:


So Michael, tell us a little about yourself…

I am studying for an undergraduate degree in Information Engineering and Management at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. For me,Computer Science and its subdomain of Software Engineering are fields which offer an intellectual challenge and satisfaction through innovation and problem-solving. I enjoy analysing problems and then designing and implementing applications that solve these problems in the most efficient and elegant way.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in creating and developing new technologies that will improve human life in some tangible form.

What do you think of the application process?

The application process was very clear: you have to write several essays, upload your resume and find two referees who will write letters of recommendation for you. If you are an international student, then you will also need to translate your official documents into English before submitting them with your application.

If at any stage during the preparation of your application you have any queries or problems, don't hesitate to contact the EmployAbility team, they can very quickly help you with any question and they can also give you valuable advice. They helped me several times with my application at the beginning.

In what way(s) has the Scholarship had an impact on your studies?

The scholarship, as recognition from Google and my university, was very important to me. It increased my confidence and encouraged me to continue what I am doing and to work even harder to achieve my goals.

During the course of my studies I wanted to attend some tech conferences. Now, after receiving this scholarship, not only will it be possible for me to attend these conferences, but I can also attend several others.

What tips would you give to someone when it comes to applying?

Start your application process with writing the answers to the essay questions. In writing your essays try to show who you really are, talk about your interests, contributions to open-source projects and commitment to computer science and technology. But don't forget that the Google Scholarship will assess you as a whole person, therefore your leadership skills and achievements are also crucial for this application.

If you are not sure you understand particular questions or any other aspects of the application process, discuss your issues with EmployAbility - they can really help.

Other important pieces of the application package are your recommendation letters. Try to submit your application early and leave enough time for your references to write them for you. It is in your own best interest.

Besides the financial benefit, what else did you gain from the scholarship?

I am extremely grateful to Google for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. It really means a lot to me. This has given me more confidence and understanding of what I can achieve, and has motivated me to continue to work on my projects, make contributions to assistive technology and promote the value and importance of Computer Science among students with disabilities and also encourage them to consider careers in technology.

Did the scholarship influence your thoughts about a career at Google or within the Tech sector?

It certainly did. It made me feel more confident in my abilities and once again confirmed my plan to have a career in the tech industry. I hope to continue to develop my technical breadth and depth while taking on more responsibilities and leadership. By the time I graduate from my university, I’d like to either start a tech company or join a company such as Google, a company that has a disability inclusive and diverse environment made up of smart people who work on innovative products that change the world around us.

What advice would you give to someone who isn’t sure about applying for the scholarship?

If you are not sure whether you should apply or not try to write the answers to essay questions and prepare all the necessary documents. After that you can ask the EmployAbility team to look at your application and judge whether there is enough relevant content and what can be done to improve your application. Even if you are unsuccessful in your scholarship application, you can reapply next year. You have nothing to lose, but you could potentially gain a lot.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Applications close on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, 17:00 GMT.

For questions about the scholarship or your application, please reach out to EmployAbility at googlescholarship@employ-ability.org.uk.

Posted by Efrat Aghassy, EMEA Scholarships Program Manager