What is Google Earth Outreach?
Google Earth Outreach is a program that helps provide nonprofits and public benefit organizations with the knowledge and resources they need to visualize their cause and tell their story in Google's mapping tools. The online program consists of an overview of mapping tools, success stories from nonprofits using Google mapping tools, tutorials, information about our grants program, as well as other resources for nonprofits. This short video is a great introduction to the program.

What is Google Geo Education?
Google Maps for Education provides resources to help teachers and students explore, create, and collaborate with mapping tools. Students who are taught geography are better equipped to understand how human and physical systems interact and to make informed decisions based on that knowledge.

When is the Geo for Higher Ed 2014 User Summit?
The summit will be held on August 11-13, 2014 and will run from roughly 8am to 6pm on each day (except Wednesday, when it will end at 4pm).

Which costs are covered as part of the Geo for Higher Ed Summit, and what are participants expected to pay on their own?
The training and materials are provided free to participants, as well as the meals of breakfast and lunch. The participants cover the cost of any travel to and during the workshop, such as airfare, hotel accommodations, etc.

What can I expect at a Google Earth Outreach / Geo Education workshop?
The workshop will teach highly practical tools which organizations can use to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud. The workshop also provides a chance for nonprofit professionals to network, discuss common issues and challenges, and learn how to train others within their organization and the greater communitySee here and here for descriptions of past Google Earth Outreach workshops, and see last year's Geo for Higher Ed 2013 workshop page. 

Is there an agenda? What will be covered?
We plan to cover a variety of Google mapping technologies. Special attention will be paid to new Google tools available for nonprofit organizations, including Google Maps Engine, Google Earth Engine, and others. See the agenda page for more details. 

Can anyone attend the Geo for Higher Ed Summit? How much does it cost? 
This hands-on workshop is limited to 75 participants. Due to limited space, we may not be able to accept every workshop applicant, and no more than 2 representatives from each organization will be accepted. Attendance is free, following acceptance into the workshop through Google’s application process.

In what languages will the training be given?
Regretfully, we can only offer the training in English at this time. 

I'm not able to attend this workshop. Will there be future opportunities?
For information on future workshops and opportunities, check out our Events Calendar.

Application Process

What are the important dates I should remember as an applicant?
June 9, 2014 Application Deadline.
June 13, 2014: All applicants will be notified of their application status via email, on or before this date. 

What are the requirements for workshop participants? What qualities or skills will be given preference during the application review by Google?
This workshop is intended for nonprofit mapping and technology specialists. Ideal participants will meet one or more of the following requirements:
  • Are employed at a nonprofit or consult for nonprofits; or work in a capacity that serves indigenous peoples
  • Demonstrate ability to implement and make effective use of Google mapping technology within their organization.
  • Are currently working on mapping projects, or have datasets they want to map.
  • Have intermediate-to-advanced technical experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Google Earth, Maps, Maps Engine or Earth Engine
    • GIS experience
    • Web/multimedia development
    • Programming for Google Geo APIs
  • Possess training experience and intend to train others within their organization or in the larger nonprofit community on Google mapping technology.

How many applicants will be accepted?
75 applicants will be accepted to participate in the workshop.

Can more than one individual from the same organization apply?
Yes, because of limited space, we will make selections based on the qualities or skills listed above.

Can I apply to attend if I've attended a Google mapping workshop in the past?
Yes, absolutely - Google mapping tools are constantly improving, and if you're actively using these tools in your coursework or research, we want you to know about the latest developments! However, you will be reviewed along with all of this year's applicants, and are not necessarily guaranteed a spot in the workshop.

Travel and Logistics

Where is the workshop being held? How do I get there?
The workshop will be held at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. See our Location & Directions page for more info on the location.

Where can I park?
Parking info can be found on the Location & Directions page.

What hotel is recommended for out-of-town participants?
Recommendations for nearby hotels can be found on the Accommodations page.

Will any meals be provided to participants?
Breakfast and lunch on all 3 days will be provided to participants free of charge; dinner will be provided on the first day. Vegetarian cuisine will be available, but if you require gluten-free or other specific needs, let us know before the workshop or plan to bring supplemental snacks.