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We are excited to announce that Professor and Student Registrations for the 2016 Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC 2016) are now open.
February 1, 2016
The Google Online Marketing Challenge, now in its ninth year, is an annual global online marketing competition for students from higher education institutions around the world. Student teams develop and run an online advertising campaign using Google AdWords and/or Google+ for a real business or non-profit organization of their choice, using a US $250 budget provided by Google. An independent
GOMC Panel of Academics
, along with our own team, review the campaigns and select winning teams based on the success of their campaign and the quality of their competition reports.
GOMC provides a unique, hands-on learning experience by integrating a real-world business partner and budget into the classroom.
Students get a chance to support their local community by working with a non-profit, and the opportunity to win donations from a total pool of US $30,000.
GOMC enables professors to provide their students with an engaging and innovative in-class experience, which provides real-world impact and grading material.
Great prizes for global and regional winners of the challenge, including trips to Google offices, digital devices and more.
To learn about the impact of the GOMC,
check out this video.
In order for a student team to participate in the competition, they need to have their professor register first.
Professors can register
from January 26th until April 6th, 2016, and
students can register
from January 26th until April 20th, 2016.
For more information, please visit
. To stay informed about GOMC, add our Google+ Page to your circles:
Here’s your chance to make a global impact!
The Google Online Marketing Challenge Team
Not your average app building competition: The AdMob Student App Challenge
January 28, 2016
Did you know that there are more mobile devices than people? In 2014, there were 7.4BN*
devices and an estimated 7.2 billion people. Mobile is quickly becoming the most popular way to get online, even exceeding the time spent on desktop computers
.** This has contributed greatly to the growth of the app ecosystem, with consumers spending on average 37 hours a month***
on mobile apps. As apps are becoming more prominent in our everyday lives, it’s more important now than ever to learn app development.
That’s why we’re launching the second
AdMob Student App Challenge
, an app building competition open to students around the world. If you’re a student who loves to code or has a great idea for a mobile app, this is your chance to build an app, learn how to make money from it, and win awesome prizes. The prizes will include a week-long trip to San Francisco and a visit to the Googleplex.
To win the challenge, you’ll need to build a great app (either Android or iOS) and create a sound business plan that shows how you managed the project, gained users, and leveraged AdMob to make money. The contest will be judged by a panel of app industry leaders. To learn more the judges, visit
The winning team will receive:
An all expenses paid, week-long trip to San Francisco, including a visit to the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA
A featured spot on the Google Play Store
A promotional video starring you and your app
A healthy amount of Google schwag, including a new Google device
Last year’s global winner was Phani Gaddipati, who created
, an app that lets people create electronic flashcards on any subject, quiz themselves and analyze their performance. Check out
to learn more.
In addition to one overall winner, the finalist from each of the four global regions (North America, Latin America, Europe Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific) will receive Google devices and see their app featured on the AdMob website.
The challenge starts today, and you’ll have until June 28, 2016 to build your winning app. Be sure to visit the AdMob website to learn more and
. Follow us on
and keep an update on #AdMobSAC16 too, for regular updates on the challenge. .
Best of luck -- we can’t wait to see what you build!
Posted by Henry Wang
Product Marketing, AdMob
*Cisco, Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2014–2019 White Paper, February 2015 **eMarketer, US Time Spent with Media, October 2014 ***Nielsen, Smartphones: So Many Apps, So Much Time, July 2014
Applications are now open for Google’s 2016 Computer Science Summer Institute and 2016 Generation Google Scholarship!
January 8, 2016
We are now accepting applications for the 2016
Computer Science Summer Institute
, as well as the 2016
Generation Google Scholarship
. Learn more about both programs below and
Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)
is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology.
Students will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google's most exciting, emerging technologies, and even design and develop their very own application with fellow participants.
Generation Google Scholarship
helps aspiring computer scientists from underrepresented groups excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive
10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2016-2017 sch
ool year. As part of the scholarship, current high school seniors who are entering their first year of university in Fall 2016 will be required to attend CSSI in the summer of 2016.
Where & When
We offer two types of sessions at CSSI: day-camp and residential. Our day camps will take place in Chicago, IL, Mountain View, CA, and New York City, NY. Our residential camps will take place in Cambridge, MA and Seattle, WA. To learn more, please visit
We are looking for students eager to spend a few weeks
immersed in the G
oogle life -- tackling interesting
technical problems, working collaboratively and having fun. The program is committed to addressing diversity in the field of computer science and is open to all qualified high school seniors who intend to major in computer science at a four year university in the US or Canada.
Google is committed to increasing the enrollment and retention of students in the field of computer science. These programs offer an intensive, interactive and fun experience that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow. We want students to leave empowered, heading into their first year of college armed with technical skills and a unique learning experience that can only be found at Google. We aim to expose selected students to key programming concepts while enabling them to tackle the challenging problems in CS by creating a safe, comfortable environment to learn, play, break, and build.
Google for Education website
for more information and to apply.
The application deadline is March 3, 2016
. Final decisions will be announced in early May.
Give us a shout at
Celebrating Android app creators
December 29, 2015
Ever wonder what makes an app great? After completing
Udacity's Developing Android Apps course
, these students created winning apps as voted on by their peers and Google engineers. Check out their work below and consider creating your own Android app today!
Ravi explains his app to Google engineers.
App Award: “
: Ravi Srinivasan (junior at Virginia Tech)
The idea of the “Mozart’s Masterpiece” app came from Ravi’s love of piano playing (he’s played since he was six!). He wanted to create something that combined his interest in music and programming.
The app is comprised of a mini keyboard where users can play a tune and see if the app can guess the song.
Ravi said, “
There are apps out there that teach users how to play, but I wanted to create an app that was a game for pianists.”
Ravi shared that it was difficult to decide what the UI would look like and noted that the sound detection was also no easy feat.
Here we have Dhruv and Brennan.
App Award: “
: Brennan McConnell (junior at University of Colorado Boulder) and Dhruv Diddi (junior at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
: Dhruv told us,
“Brennan came up with the idea of having an app which locks social media to a geographic location and I was instantly interested in working on it. We took a few days to come up with a draft for the application (UI, methods to implement, frameworks to use) and settled on the name IVO (an appropriate acronym for "In Vicinity Of").” IVO is a social media app that allows users to post a message or picture in a given location using geocaching. Users in the future can look up the the location and see past photos and messages about the area. The social aspect comes from a feature that lets the users like and comment on the posts.
Aside from the technical skills required for making such a complex app, such as learning Java, developing a greater understanding of Android’s framework, and working with different APIs, the team also had to think about scaling the app to thousands of users.
Francesca, Christina, Jonah, and Daisy show that their app can be used across devices.
App Award: “
: Jonah Sterling (sophomore at University of Kentucky), Francesca Bueti (sophomore at Stevens Institute of Technology), Daisy Zhang (sophomore at Vanderbilt University), and Christina Tobias (sophomore at Syracuse University)
This team created an app, Glance, that connects all of a user’s social media accounts together and uses intricate algorithms to analyze what posts are most meaningful and relevant to the user. Christina said, “We thought that with everyone’s busy lives, we could help take out some of the clutter from their social media by finding who their top friends for each social media platform are and combining all these posts into one feed.“ Moreover, in an effort to make the app even more user-friendly, the app can be used across all devices.
The team agreed that developing new technical skills, like learning the fundamentals of creating an Android app, was the biggest takeaway for them. But most importantly, they gained a better understanding of what it’s like to collaborate on code. According to Daisy, “This was also my first time working in a team remotely, so I learned a lot about keeping up with everyone and making sure everyone was doing their part. I also learned that you don’t write the cleanest code at 3 in the morning, but you are super productive at that hour.”
Check out the app winners! Left to right: Dhruv, Brennan, Ravi, Christina, Daisy, Francesca, and Jonah.
Congratulations to these winners! We can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
To learn more about ways to boost your computer science skills, visit the
Google Student Programs
Hash Code signups open for students and professionals across Europe, the Middle East and Africa
December 1, 2015
Think you could come up with a way to optimize Internet coverage for Project Loon balloons? Or how about routing Google Street View cars through a busy city?
Step into the shoes of a Google engineer and tackle similar challenges during Hash Code, a team-based programming competition for students and professionals (18+) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa organized by Google.
You pick your team and programming language, we pick a real-life engineering problem to solve.
Are you up for the challenge?
The competition is divided into two stages:
an Online Qualification Round on 11th February at 18:30 CET
For this round, your team can participate from wherever you’d like, including
one of our Hash Code hubs
. Hubs allow for teams in the same location (eg. city or university) to compete side-by-side in a more fun and exciting environment.
a Final Round on 19th March
Top scoring teams from the Online Qualification Round will be invited to Google Paris to compete in the Final Round of the competition.
Learn more and sign up today at
Posted by Jessica Safir, University Programs
EMEA 2015 Android Camp: A reflection
October 22, 2015
In early August, 23 students from 20 universities had the opportunity to attend the fourth annual Google European Android Camp in London. Students who arrived from 14 different countries were invited to a jam-packed week of Android learning and development, career panels, tech talks, social activities as well as a 24-hour Hackathon. The goal of the event, held in the Google office, 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 an app ‘Red Paw’ to help notify animal shelters about strays and ensure they are re-homed.
We asked the winning team to tell us about their experience at Android Camp - congratulations once again!
Left to right:
, Lund University
MSc in Computer Science and Engineering
/ Lund University
MSc in Computer Science
University of Bath, BSc in Computer Science
Lavinia Mariana Damian
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, BSc in Computer Science
University of Belgrade, BSc in Computer hardware and Informatics.
What was the highlight of Android Camp for you?
For me, the highlight of Android camp was the Hackathon and especially our final presentation when every team got to showcase their app. It was inspiring to see the progress everyone made in 1 week and all of those ideas coming to life in just 24 hours of coding.
When you had such an amazing week, it's not fair to have to choose the best part of it. But let's say Scavenger Hunt - an amazing sightseeing adventure with the girls from my team that I met the night before.
The highlight of the Camp was to meet the other campers. It was very inspiring to meet so many talented, enthusiastic and driven people.
For me, the last few hours of the hackathon were the highlight because they were the culmination of all the learning and designing we’d been doing throughout the week. There was definitely an overwhelming sense of pride and mutual respect (and exhaustion!) amongst us as the 24 hours drew to a close, and it was a fantastic feeling.
Do you think Android Camp helped you build or develop any skills?
Although I had some previous knowledge in Android programming, Camp taught me a lot of specific details about Android that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
: I didn’t have any experience with the Android SDK before Camp, so it really was a crash course in that respect. The sheer amount of content we managed to fit in was crazy; from networking and database integration to interface design.
: Aside from developing my Android skills, I also developed skills such as pitching, gaining confidence and be able to collaborate with different people.
Of course!, I knew nothing about Android programming before attending this camp so I'm still amazed at how I managed together with my team to finish an app from scratch. I think the whole context of the camp helped me with the way I focus and organize my time. I improved both my attention span and my team working skills.
What was your favorite session?
I enjoyed the material design class the most and I found it to be really interesting. Of the other activities, the "Engineer Panel" was my favorite. I loved how the participants were so willing to share their experiences at Google with us and give us so much advice advice as our seniors in the industry. It was really inspiring!
: I loved the UX session, because the use case and persona design we did helped us design meaningful interactions between our app and its typical users. The personas we created also ended up playing a starring role in our final presentation, which humanised the problem we were trying to solve and gave us the opportunity to have some fun with it.
: My favorite session was the Firebase: Server Session. We had so much fun with trying to build a chat app. I also got to learn a lot about data storage.
: My favorite session was the Google Card Game night ‘Launch and Iterate.’ It was a fun challenge to get four people with strong will to collaborate and try to win.
How do you think Android Camp will help you further your academic career?
It has given me more confidence in my technical problem solving skills and programming.
: Android Camp has cemented my interest in UX and Interaction Design, which will almost certainly impact my dissertation and final year choices.
I hope I can take a Mobile programming class, specifically because the Camp gave me an excellent base of knowledge that will help me excel.
: Android Camp gave me a self-confidence boost. The ability to believe in yourself is a important factor in academic success.
What are your next steps?
: I’m on a year in industry right now, so my plan is to hopefully secure an internship doing something cool for next summer before I head back to university to start my final year. In my free time, I definitely have a few app ideas I can start working on!
: I'm introducing the app we made to people, So far,I’ve received good feedback :). Camp definitely gave me a new perspective.
: My next steps are to finish my degree and decide what I want to do for a living.
For now, I have 1 year left of my Master studies and after that I'm planning to apply for a University Graduate position at Google. Also, I'm thinking of working more on our app from Android Camp. I would love to see the Red Paw app released one day and be used by millions of people.
I will finish my Master of Computer Science and Engineering at Lund.
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