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How businesses are smartly transforming with Google Cloud, Android, and Chrome

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

While businesses with a mobile strategy are commonplace today, that doesn’t mean the mobile transformation is over. Today, we’re highlighting how companies are using Google Cloud, Chrome, and Android to reimagine the way they engage customers in public spaces and also equip employees to work more productively in the office and in the field.

Smart signs cut costs and provide customer insights

We recently collaborated with Coca-Cola on Chrome-based digital signs for supermarkets that pull in localized ads from DoubleClick and are equipped with beacon technology for pushing personalized messages to mobile users. 

Coca-Cola digital signage

The company has worked closely with Google Cloud to build a new signage solution that includes affordable digital sign and menu boards for Coca-Cola sellers.

“Our mission at Coca-Cola is to elevate the consumer experience to a place of pure excellence and the ability to send the right message to the right person at the right time is key to driving that world class experience in the connected retail world,” said Greg Chambers, Global Group Director of Digital Innovation at Coca-Cola.

The displays are powered by inexpensive Chromebit devices connected to a content management system (CMS) on Google Cloud Platform. The Chromebits also provide simple, centralized management of the signs. Combined with sensors, they can offer the company detailed, actionable information through Google Analytics as well as highly contextual advertising to other screens like nearby customer smartphones.

Android plus cloud intelligence enables field workers

UK pest control company Rentokil Initial is piloting a fleet of Android devices that utilize Google Cloud machine learning, including our Vision API image classification technology, to help field workers better identify pests and get treatment suggestions. Employees use an Android app to capture images that are identified using a machine learning model that’s been trained on Rentokil’s pest imagery database. The app then provides solutions to eradicate the pests. The PestID app, jointly developed by Accenture Mobility, is among the first wave of solutions Google is helping build as part of an alliance announced last year with Accenture.

Connecting manufacturing to the back office

42Q, a product division of manufacturing services provider Sanmina, developed a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solution that runs on Google Cloud Platform. 

42Q Android use in manufacturing

It enables Sanmina employees and 42Q’s customers to bring real-time transparency to their factory operations using Android and Chrome devices. Using 42Q with Chrome, “deskless” back office workers can access work instructions, data requirements, and quality plans without deploying heavy client applications and expensive equipment.

Factory operators can also use the 42Q Android app for a “tailored” mobile interface, ensuring they only see critical information on demand. 

When combined with G Suite, everyone from front office planners to back office operators can collaborate on current production line states, critical orders and real time reporting on factory operations.

Tomorrow’s businesses: empowered with advanced devices, collaboration and context

With a Google Cloud devices and mobility strategy, businesses are able to gather contextual data through devices and apply machine learning analytics to quickly take smart, well-informed actions. And the more employees who use managed Chromebooks and Android devices to collaborate and securely access documents in G Suite, the more efficient your whole team becomes.

Several new devices support this secure data-driven strategy. The Asus Chromebook Flip and recently-announced Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus function as both a Chromebook and an Android tablet with Google Play support. Last month, AOPEN launched the Chromebox mini and Chromebase mini, which also support Android apps and can use our new Kiosk APIs for improved app management and a robust customer experience.

To learn more about the Google Cloud devices and mobility solutions that enable a connected workspace, visit our booth at Next 2017 between March 8 and 10. There we’ll be demonstrating how a business becomes smarter when you pair Chrome and Android devices, cloud services and sensors with employees, customers and spaces. Or sign up here for additional information as we continue to evolve our range of data-driven tools to make every workspace connected no matter where it is.

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How businesses are smartly transforming with Google Cloud, Android, and Chrome

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

While businesses with a mobile strategy are commonplace today, that doesn’t mean the mobile transformation is over. Today, we’re highlighting how companies are using Google Cloud, Chrome, and Android to reimagine the way they engage customers in public spaces and also equip employees to work more productively in the office and in the field.

Smart signs cut costs and provide customer insights

We recently collaborated with Coca-Cola on Chrome-based digital signs for supermarkets that pull in localized ads from DoubleClick and are equipped with beacon technology for pushing personalized messages to mobile users. 

Coca-Cola digital signage

The company has worked closely with Google Cloud to build a new signage solution that includes affordable digital sign and menu boards for Coca-Cola sellers.

“Our mission at Coca-Cola is to elevate the consumer experience to a place of pure excellence and the ability to send the right message to the right person at the right time is key to driving that world class experience in the connected retail world,” said Greg Chambers, Global Group Director of Digital Innovation at Coca-Cola.

The displays are powered by inexpensive Chromebit devices connected to a content management system (CMS) on Google Cloud Platform. The Chromebits also provide simple, centralized management of the signs. Combined with sensors, they can offer the company detailed, actionable information through Google Analytics as well as highly contextual advertising to other screens like nearby customer smartphones.

Android plus cloud intelligence enables field workers

UK pest control company Rentokil Initial is piloting a fleet of Android devices that utilize Google Cloud machine learning, including our Vision API image classification technology, to help field workers better identify pests and get treatment suggestions. Employees use an Android app to capture images that are identified using a machine learning model that’s been trained on Rentokil’s pest imagery database. The app then provides solutions to eradicate the pests. The PestID app, jointly developed by Accenture Mobility, is among the first wave of solutions Google is helping build as part of an alliance announced last year with Accenture.

Connecting manufacturing to the back office

42Q, a product division of manufacturing services provider Sanmina, developed a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solution that runs on Google Cloud Platform. 

42Q Android use in manufacturing

It enables Sanmina employees and 42Q’s customers to bring real-time transparency to their factory operations using Android and Chrome devices. Using 42Q with Chrome, “deskless” back office workers can access work instructions, data requirements, and quality plans without deploying heavy client applications and expensive equipment.

Factory operators can also use the 42Q Android app for a “tailored” mobile interface, ensuring they only see critical information on demand. 

When combined with G Suite, everyone from front office planners to back office operators can collaborate on current production line states, critical orders and real time reporting on factory operations.

Tomorrow’s businesses: empowered with advanced devices, collaboration and context

With a Google Cloud devices and mobility strategy, businesses are able to gather contextual data through devices and apply machine learning analytics to quickly take smart, well-informed actions. And the more employees who use managed Chromebooks and Android devices to collaborate and securely access documents in G Suite, the more efficient your whole team becomes.

Several new devices support this secure data-driven strategy. The Asus Chromebook Flip and recently-announced Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus function as both a Chromebook and an Android tablet with Google Play support. Last month, AOPEN launched the Chromebox mini and Chromebase mini, which also support Android apps and can use our new Kiosk APIs for improved app management and a robust customer experience.

To learn more about the Google Cloud devices and mobility solutions that enable a connected workspace, visit our booth at Next 2017 between March 8 and 10. There we’ll be demonstrating how a business becomes smarter when you pair Chrome and Android devices, cloud services and sensors with employees, customers and spaces. Or sign up here for additional information as we continue to evolve our range of data-driven tools to make every workspace connected no matter where it is.

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Google Cloud: enterprise technology for the Next step in computing

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

San Francisco — Today, and over the next three days at Google Cloud Next ‘17, hundreds of Googlers, assisted by thousands of our customers and partners, will show new ways that businesses can imagine, learn and build with Google Cloud.

We’re rolling out dozens of announcements this week, including new customers, partners, products and services like application development and machine learning. We’re offering attendees 200 informational and training sessions, along with world-renowned engineers and business leaders, speaking on cutting-edge technology and best practices for enterprise success in the cloud.

Registered attendance at Next ‘17 is sold out at over 10,000 — five times last year’s crowd. It’s another mark of our momentum in the marketplace.

Our vision at Google Cloud is to give our customers and partners a meaningful, lasting advantage.

alison-quote-1

Cloud computing technology is about speed, agility, collaboration, awareness and transparency, with machine learning underpinning everything. An enterprise technology business must be expert in networks, mobility, security, data management and low-cost, high performance reliability at a global scale.

Google helped pioneer most of these fields, and brings all of them to bear in Google Cloud.

Partners and customers at the center

Attendees at Google Cloud Next ‘17 will hear testimonials from many of our valued customers and partners, including Disney Interactive, Verizon, SAP, Colgate, Home Depot, HSBC and eBay.  

We meet businesses wherever they are on their cloud journey, but we don’t simply take them to the cloud: we blend their technologies with ours, and put our own teams, assisted with technology partners like PwC and Accenture, in the middle of their most challenging problems and greatest opportunities.

Looking ahead

Cloud computing is the center of nearly unlimited computing power at almost every point on the planet. Its effect on the $1 trillion market for enterprise computing is only starting to be felt.

Even in these early days, billions of people connect to the cloud through apps on smartphones, tablets and computers. The mobile workforce and cloud-connected mobile businesses have remade work and business.

Businesses store and access petabytes of data, enormous volumes of computing and a wealth of applications and services in the cloud. Increasingly, they rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence to build and run their products and business processes. Connected cars, appliances and industrial equipment will build on this. So will more powerful computers and software. Cloud-based video is changing media businesses and education.

A true cloud computing company accounts for all of it, and provides customers with the fullest means to take advantage of this dramatic transformation.

Google Cloud draws on all of Google, in service of the enterprise. For over a decade we’ve offered instant, global communications and collaboration from the products in G Suite, our pioneering office productivity software. Global creation and software development, deployment and maintenance in App Engine and Kubernetes. Our deep focus on artificial intelligence, a project at Google for more than 15 years. Our knowledge of mobile computing from Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Our shipments of Chromebooks, our highly secure cloud-connected laptops, surpass those of many legacy computer makers.

We’re thrilled to have this opportunity at Google Cloud Next ‘17 to engage with customers and partners from around the world — we’re excited about what we can build together with Google Cloud.  

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Google Cloud: enterprise technology for the Next step in computing

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

San Francisco — Today, and over the next three days at Google Cloud Next ‘17, hundreds of Googlers, assisted by thousands of our customers and partners, will show new ways that businesses can imagine, learn and build with Google Cloud.

We’re rolling out dozens of announcements this week, including new customers, partners, products and services like application development and machine learning. We’re offering attendees 200 informational and training sessions, along with world-renowned engineers and business leaders, speaking on cutting-edge technology and best practices for enterprise success in the cloud.

Registered attendance at Next ‘17 is sold out at over 10,000 — five times last year’s crowd. It’s another mark of our momentum in the marketplace.

Our vision at Google Cloud is to give our customers and partners a meaningful, lasting advantage.

alison-quote-1

Cloud computing technology is about speed, agility, collaboration, awareness and transparency, with machine learning underpinning everything. An enterprise technology business must be expert in networks, mobility, security, data management and low-cost, high performance reliability at a global scale.

Google helped pioneer most of these fields, and brings all of them to bear in Google Cloud.

Partners and customers at the center

Attendees at Google Cloud Next ‘17 will hear testimonials from many of our valued customers and partners, including Disney Interactive, Verizon, SAP, Colgate, Home Depot, HSBC and eBay.  

We meet businesses wherever they are on their cloud journey, but we don’t simply take them to the cloud: we blend their technologies with ours, and put our own teams, assisted with technology partners like PwC and Accenture, in the middle of their most challenging problems and greatest opportunities.

Looking ahead

Cloud computing is the center of nearly unlimited computing power at almost every point on the planet. Its effect on the $1 trillion market for enterprise computing is only starting to be felt.

Even in these early days, billions of people connect to the cloud through apps on smartphones, tablets and computers. The mobile workforce and cloud-connected mobile businesses have remade work and business.

Businesses store and access petabytes of data, enormous volumes of computing and a wealth of applications and services in the cloud. Increasingly, they rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence to build and run their products and business processes. Connected cars, appliances and industrial equipment will build on this. So will more powerful computers and software. Cloud-based video is changing media businesses and education.

A true cloud computing company accounts for all of it, and provides customers with the fullest means to take advantage of this dramatic transformation.

Google Cloud draws on all of Google, in service of the enterprise. For over a decade we’ve offered instant, global communications and collaboration from the products in G Suite, our pioneering office productivity software. Global creation and software development, deployment and maintenance in App Engine and Kubernetes. Our deep focus on artificial intelligence, a project at Google for more than 15 years. Our knowledge of mobile computing from Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Our shipments of Chromebooks, our highly secure cloud-connected laptops, surpass those of many legacy computer makers.

We’re thrilled to have this opportunity at Google Cloud Next ‘17 to engage with customers and partners from around the world — we’re excited about what we can build together with Google Cloud.  

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/2ei3hMlJ6_A/

Google Cloud: enterprise technology for the Next step in computing

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

San Francisco — Today, and over the next three days at Google Cloud Next ‘17, hundreds of Googlers, assisted by thousands of our customers and partners, will show new ways that businesses can imagine, learn and build with Google Cloud.

We’re rolling out dozens of announcements this week, including new customers, partners, products and services like application development and machine learning. We’re offering attendees 200 informational and training sessions, along with world-renowned engineers and business leaders, speaking on cutting-edge technology and best practices for enterprise success in the cloud.

Registered attendance at Next ‘17 is sold out at over 10,000 — five times last year’s crowd. It’s another mark of our momentum in the marketplace.

Our vision at Google Cloud is to give our customers and partners a meaningful, lasting advantage.

alison-quote-1

Cloud computing technology is about speed, agility, collaboration, awareness and transparency, with machine learning underpinning everything. An enterprise technology business must be expert in networks, mobility, security, data management and low-cost, high performance reliability at a global scale.

Google helped pioneer most of these fields, and brings all of them to bear in Google Cloud.

Partners and customers at the center

Attendees at Google Cloud Next ‘17 will hear testimonials from many of our valued customers and partners, including Disney Interactive, Verizon, SAP, Colgate, Home Depot, HSBC and eBay.  

We meet businesses wherever they are on their cloud journey, but we don’t simply take them to the cloud: we blend their technologies with ours, and put our own teams, assisted with technology partners like PwC and Accenture, in the middle of their most challenging problems and greatest opportunities.

Looking ahead

Cloud computing is the center of nearly unlimited computing power at almost every point on the planet. Its effect on the $1 trillion market for enterprise computing is only starting to be felt.

Even in these early days, billions of people connect to the cloud through apps on smartphones, tablets and computers. The mobile workforce and cloud-connected mobile businesses have remade work and business.

Businesses store and access petabytes of data, enormous volumes of computing and a wealth of applications and services in the cloud. Increasingly, they rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence to build and run their products and business processes. Connected cars, appliances and industrial equipment will build on this. So will more powerful computers and software. Cloud-based video is changing media businesses and education.

A true cloud computing company accounts for all of it, and provides customers with the fullest means to take advantage of this dramatic transformation.

Google Cloud draws on all of Google, in service of the enterprise. For over a decade we’ve offered instant, global communications and collaboration from the products in G Suite, our pioneering office productivity software. Global creation and software development, deployment and maintenance in App Engine and Kubernetes. Our deep focus on artificial intelligence, a project at Google for more than 15 years. Our knowledge of mobile computing from Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Our shipments of Chromebooks, our highly secure cloud-connected laptops, surpass those of many legacy computer makers.

We’re thrilled to have this opportunity at Google Cloud Next ‘17 to engage with customers and partners from around the world — we’re excited about what we can build together with Google Cloud.  

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/HgpMa5sWsho/

Who run the world? How we’re celebrating International Women’s Day

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

Lee Tai-Young was Korea’s first female lawyer and first female judge. Cecilia Grierson was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Argentina. And Ida B. Wells was a newspaper editor by age 25 and one of the founders of the NAACP. These are a few of the remarkable women you’ll meet in today’s Doodle celebrating International Women’s Day, one of several ways we’re raising awareness about the contributions of women, past and present, throughout Women’s History Month. We’re also supporting efforts to close the gender gap in tech and other fields. Read on for a look at what we’re doing to recognize women across media, culture, leadership and more this month.

Celebrating historical heroines

In today’s interactive slideshow Doodle, a young girl goes on an imaginary journey to meet 13 female trailblazers from throughout history. From a pilot in Egypt to a dancer in India, these women may not all be household names, but they’ve all made a unique mark on the world. In fact, all of them have been celebrated in a Doodle in the past, but often only in their countries of origin. Today, we’re sharing their stories worldwide.

IWD doodle

After your journey, learn more about all of the women in the Doodle in a new Spotlight Story from Google Arts & Culture. See the São Paulo Museum of Art, designed by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, or the Phoenician alphabet tablet with which Halet Cambel deciphered Hittite hieroglyphics. You can also find more exhibits on notable women from throughout history on our Women in Culture page. You might just meet a new heroine!

A day in the life of women astronauts, pilots and engineers with VR

Today’s Doodle introduces you to notable women of the past, but what about the women of today and tomorrow? With Expeditions, more than 2 million students have gone on 500+ virtual field trips to places like Machu Picchu and the International Space Station using Google Cardboard. Today we’re adding 40 new Expeditions to this collection, all focused on on the careers, adventures, and contributions of women.

IWD_NASAWomen(3).jpg

The new Expeditions highlight everyone from astronauts, airplane pilots, engineers and photographers to the female firefighters of the FDNY. They open a window into a typical day on the job—whether in a recording studio or a cockpit, explain the person’s backstory and reveal how she got to where she is today. Some also offer advice to students interested in pursuing a similar career. Download the app on iOS and Android to get started.

Recognizing inspirational women on YouTube

Rosie Rios, an inspiring woman in her own right as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, led the efforts to put a woman on U.S. currency. That meant learning more about the hundreds of American women who made great contributions to the history of this country. Now she’s created a special playlist for YouTube Kids called “Super Women of Our Past” that introduces young people to some of these women, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Harriet Tubman to Grace Hopper.  Watch with the YouTube Kids app. You can also find other, related playlists, like “Celebrate Women’s History Month” and “Celebrate International Women’s Day.”

IWD_NASAWomen(2).jpg

YouTube is also working to turn up the volume on inspirational women’s voices through the #HerVoiceIsMyVoice campaign. We hope you’ll join by sharing a video of a woman whose voice speaks to you.

Her Voice is My Voice

Tracking screen time

GDIQ

The Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ) tool uses machine learning to detect different characters on-screen, determine their gender, and calculate how often and for how long they spoke in relation to one another.

Media can play a huge part in empowering women to discover new careers, but often the characters we see on screen aren’t very diverse. Recently, our machine learning team worked with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and USC Viterbi School of Engineering to develop a new tool that uses machine learning to measure how often we see and hear women on screen. We then put the software to work, analyzing the 100 highest-grossing live-action films from the past three years. The tool revealed that men are seen and heard nearly twice as often as women. In Academy Award-winning films, women make up just 32 percent of screen time and 27 percent of speaking time. In a world where girls are only half as likely as boys to have CS role models, representation matters. Over time, we hope this project can help raise awareness of the “missing women” in media, encourage filmmakers to include a broader range of characters, and introduce young people to more diverse role models.

Coming together in the community

We’re also participating in or hosting dozens of events supporting women at Google and in tech. Last weekend we held the first of many Women Techmakers summits, which offer hands-on coding workshops on TensorFlow, networking opportunities and inspiring speakers. Women Techmakers is also sponsoring more than 140 community meetups for women in tech worldwide. Many of our 120 Women@Google employee resource group chapters are hosting events—from career development workshops to civic action weeks—in cities around the world. And at our Cloud Next event headed by Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud, we’ll feature women leaders from Google and partners in a panel on diversity and inclusion. And of course, we’re also supporting Googlers who choose to participate in other grassroots efforts marking International Women’s Day.

The She Word: spotlighting women Googlers

There are thousands of powerful, dynamic and creative women at Google. This month, you can get to know some of them right here on the Keyword and our Instagram account, starting with Alexandrina Garcia-verdin, whose personal hero is Frida Kahlo, and Tea Uglow, who loves coffee (but not tea).

These are just a few of the women who inspire us. We hope you’ll share some of your own. Whether it’s empowering female voices as part of #HerVoiceIsMyVoice, or telling your personal story with #TodayIAm, we’re excited to hear it.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/wJDnx3krtIw/

Google Play Music Presents: City Soundtracks

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

Love discovering new places? Love music? Google Play Music has you covered with our first original podcast series—City Soundtracks. Hear your favorite musicians talk about important people, places, and moments in their lives, and how their hometown roots have influenced them.  

City Soundtracks Logo

In each episode, host Hrishikesh Hirway (Song ExploderWest Wing Weekly) invites musicians to take listeners on a tour of their hometown. Each episode, a blend of interesting conversation and music, is paired with a playlist curated by the featured guest, so you can discover new songs or enjoy some of the music you already love.

You can listen now on Google Play Music or wherever you enjoy your podcasts (available in the US and Canada).

Kehlani – Oakland, CA

Kehlani grew up all over the East Bay. She is only 21 years old, but already has an impressive musical career. In this episode, she shares how growing up in and around Oakland shaped her into the musician she is today.

LISTEN NOW

Big Freedia – New Orleans, LA

Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce, is a musical ambassador of New Orleans. She has helped this local, underground scene turn into a national phenomenon. Join us as Big Freedia takes us on a tour of her personal musical landmarks in her favorite town.

LISTEN NOW

Spoon – Austin, TX

Spoon first formed in 1993, when Britt Daniel met Jim Eno in a recording studio in a basement at the University of Texas at Austin. Britt and Jim take us on a tour of Austin, Texas. They share stories about venues old and new, their home studio, and their motel hideaway for writing music.

LISTEN NOW

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/32ZJZIg5XSM/

Who run the world? How we’re celebrating International Women’s Day

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

Lee Tai-Young was Korea’s first female lawyer and first female judge. Cecilia Grierson was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Argentina. And Ida B. Wells was a newspaper editor by age 25 and one of the founders of the NAACP. These are a few of the remarkable women you’ll meet in today’s Doodle celebrating International Women’s Day, one of several ways we’re raising awareness about the contributions of women, past and present, throughout Women’s History Month. We’re also supporting efforts to close the gender gap in tech and other fields. Read on for a look at what we’re doing to recognize women across media, culture, leadership and more this month.

Celebrating historical heroines

In today’s interactive slideshow Doodle, a young girl goes on an imaginary journey to meet 13 female trailblazers from throughout history. From a pilot in Egypt to a dancer in India, these women may not all be household names, but they’ve all made a unique mark on the world. In fact, all of them have been celebrated in a Doodle in the past, but often only in their countries of origin. Today, we’re sharing their stories worldwide.

IWD doodle

After your journey, learn more about all of the women in the Doodle in a new Spotlight Story from Google Arts & Culture. See the São Paulo Museum of Art, designed by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, or the Phoenician alphabet tablet with which Halet Cambel deciphered Hittite hieroglyphics. You can also find more exhibits on notable women from throughout history on our Women in Culture page. You might just meet a new heroine!

A day in the life of women astronauts, pilots and engineers with VR

Today’s Doodle introduces you to notable women of the past, but what about the women of today and tomorrow? With Expeditions, more than 2 million students have gone on 500+ virtual field trips to places like Machu Picchu and the International Space Station using Google Cardboard. Today we’re adding 40 new Expeditions to this collection, all focused on on the careers, adventures, and contributions of women.

IWD_NASAWomen(3).jpg

The new Expeditions highlight everyone from astronauts, airplane pilots, engineers and photographers to the female firefighters of the FDNY. They open a window into a typical day on the job—whether in a recording studio or a cockpit, explain the person’s backstory and reveal how she got to where she is today. Some also offer advice to students interested in pursuing a similar career. Download the app on iOS and Android to get started.

Recognizing inspirational women on YouTube

Rosie Rios, an inspiring woman in her own right as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, led the efforts to put a woman on U.S. currency. That meant learning more about the hundreds of American women who made great contributions to the history of this country. Now she’s created a special playlist for YouTube Kids called “Super Women of Our Past” that introduces young people to some of these women, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Harriet Tubman to Grace Hopper.  Watch with the YouTube Kids app. You can also find other, related playlists, like “Celebrate Women’s History Month” and “Celebrate International Women’s Day.”

IWD_NASAWomen(2).jpg

YouTube is also working to turn up the volume on inspirational women’s voices through the #HerVoiceIsMyVoice campaign. We hope you’ll join by sharing a video of a woman whose voice speaks to you.

Her Voice is My Voice

Tracking screen time

GDIQ

The Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ) tool uses machine learning to detect different characters on-screen, determine their gender, and calculate how often and for how long they spoke in relation to one another.

Media can play a huge part in empowering women to discover new careers, but often the characters we see on screen aren’t very diverse. Recently, our machine learning team worked with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and USC Viterbi School of Engineering to develop a new tool that uses machine learning to measure how often we see and hear women on screen. We then put the software to work, analyzing the 100 highest-grossing live-action films from the past three years. The tool revealed that men are seen and heard nearly twice as often as women. In Academy Award-winning films, women make up just 32 percent of screen time and 27 percent of speaking time. In a world where girls are only half as likely as boys to have CS role models, representation matters. Over time, we hope this project can help raise awareness of the “missing women” in media, encourage filmmakers to include a broader range of characters, and introduce young people to more diverse role models.

Coming together in the community

We’re also participating in or hosting dozens of events supporting women at Google and in tech. Last weekend we held the first of many Women Techmakers summits, which offer hands-on coding workshops on TensorFlow, networking opportunities and inspiring speakers. Women Techmakers is also sponsoring more than 140 community meetups for women in tech worldwide. Many of our 120 Women@Google employee resource group chapters are hosting events—from career development workshops to civic action weeks—in cities around the world. And at our Cloud Next event headed by Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud, we’ll feature women leaders from Google and partners in a panel on diversity and inclusion. And of course, we’re also supporting Googlers who choose to participate in other grassroots efforts marking International Women’s Day.

The She Word: spotlighting women Googlers

There are thousands of powerful, dynamic and creative women at Google. This month, you can get to know some of them right here on the Keyword and our Instagram account, starting with Alexandrina Garcia-verdin, whose personal hero is Frida Kahlo, and Tea Uglow, who loves coffee (but not tea).

These are just a few of the women who inspire us. We hope you’ll share some of your own. Whether it’s empowering female voices as part of #HerVoiceIsMyVoice, or telling your personal story with #TodayIAm, we’re excited to hear it.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/2izQzKuCjHs/

Google Play Music Presents: City Soundtracks

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

Love discovering new places? Love music? Google Play Music has you covered with our first original podcast series—City Soundtracks. Hear your favorite musicians talk about important people, places, and moments in their lives, and how their hometown roots have influenced them.  

City Soundtracks Logo

In each episode, host Hrishikesh Hirway (Song ExploderWest Wing Weekly) invites musicians to take listeners on a tour of their hometown. Each episode, a blend of interesting conversation and music, is paired with a playlist curated by the featured guest, so you can discover new songs or enjoy some of the music you already love.

You can listen now on Google Play Music or wherever you enjoy your podcasts (available in the US and Canada).

Kehlani – Oakland, CA

Kehlani grew up all over the East Bay. She is only 21 years old, but already has an impressive musical career. In this episode, she shares how growing up in and around Oakland shaped her into the musician she is today.

LISTEN NOW

Big Freedia – New Orleans, LA

Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce, is a musical ambassador of New Orleans. She has helped this local, underground scene turn into a national phenomenon. Join us as Big Freedia takes us on a tour of her personal musical landmarks in her favorite town.

LISTEN NOW

Spoon – Austin, TX

Spoon first formed in 1993, when Britt Daniel met Jim Eno in a recording studio in a basement at the University of Texas at Austin. Britt and Jim take us on a tour of Austin, Texas. They share stories about venues old and new, their home studio, and their motel hideaway for writing music.

LISTEN NOW

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/5BYAyljF4lg/

Helping libraries get youth excited about computer science

Category: Google | Mar 7, 2017

I grew up in a library. Well, sort of. My family arrived in the United States as refugees when I was a toddler and, living in a community without many resources or youth programs, my parents were unsure of what to do with me outside of school. This was especially true in the summers, so they would take me to our local library several times a week — it was free and air-conditioned. I was a regular at every literacy program and summer reading competition, and it was through these programs that I honed my reading skills and developed a love of learning that has guided me ever since.

Now, decades after those visits to our local branch, I’m excited to share that Google is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) on Libraries Ready to Code, a new project to help librarians across the U.S. inspire youth to explore computer science (CS). This work builds on previous Google support for library programs, including Wi-Fi hotspot lending.

Libraries are, and have always been, at the heart of communities throughout the country. They play a unique role in education, inspiring youth (and adults!) to be lifelong learners. More than just a place to borrow books, libraries provide access to critical knowledge, workforce skills, and opportunities to become civically engaged. As the world changes, libraries have adapted with new services, media and tools. They promote digital inclusion—providing free access to digital content, hardware, software, and high-speed Internet.

And, increasingly, libraries are recognizing the importance of exposing youth to CS and computational thinking (CT) skills—arguably, the “new literacy” of the 21st century. “Libraries and library staff can create opportunities for youth to gain basic exposure and a basic interest in coding. From there, with support and mentorship from librarians and staff, they can develop long term engagement and possibly computer science as an envisioned future,” says Crystle Martin, Secretary of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Libraries and library staff can create opportunities for youth to gain basic exposure and a basic interest in coding.

Crystle Martin

Secretary of YALSA

While 40 percent of U.S. schools offer CS courses that include programming, access is not universal and demographic disparities exist. Libraries can help broaden that access: with more than 100,000 public and school libraries in the U.S., including in rural and lower-income areas, more than 306 million Americans live within a service area. But to expand access to CS, we need to provide librarians with the resources and understanding to curate and implement programs that suit their communities’ needs.

Through Libraries Ready to Code, Google and ALA will help equip librarians with skills to provide CS learning opportunities like Google’s CS First program, which New York Public Libraries are already using for NY coding clubs. The project will support university faculty at Library and Information Science (LIS) schools in redesigning their tech and media courses. They’ll integrate content on facilitating CS activities and teaching CT, and after the courses are evaluated, we’ll share these model courses with LIS schools nationally.

Ready to Code isn’t intended to transform librarians into expert programmers or computer scientists. Rather, we want to provide them with the knowledge and skills to do what they do best: empower youth to learn, create, problem solve, and develop the skills needed in tomorrow’s workforce—all while having fun, of course.

The next time you’re at your local library, find out if they are Ready to Code. If not, they can visit the Ready to Code website to learn about resources to get started and request more information. Meanwhile, I’ll be at my local branch with my five-year old — checking out books and learning to code together.

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Hai Hong and his son programming in Scratch at their local library

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