Friday, December 9, 2011

Angry Birds College Challenge

Fellow students!

We know how much AUB students love Angry Birds, and we're willing to bet other students do too. Here's a chance for you to prove that!

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Angry Birds on December 11, 2011, +Angry Birds and +Google+ are giving you the chance to compete against fellow students in for the title of 2011 Angry Birds College Champion! 

How to play: 
1. Add +Angry Birds College Challenge to your circles.
2. Play the Google+ Angry Birds game ( as much as you like until Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:59 am Local Time (GMT +2).
3. Post your highest level and score on that level publicly on Google+ and add +Angry Birds College Challenge to your post.

NOTE: You must be a student, and have your university email listed on the "About Me" section of your Google+ Profile. If you do not have a Google+ Profile, you can set one up over here.

Live Streaming g|egypt 2.0

Dear fellow AUB* students,

We, the Google Student Ambassadors at AUB, in collaboration with the IEEE Student Branch at AUB, the Computer Student Society, and the Business Student Society, are proud to be streaming a Google conference in Egypt (g|egypt 2.0) live to AUB.


The conference is open to all AUB students, no registration is required, and no entrance fee either, feel free to drop in! (If you have classes, convince the students and professors to come with you!)


Day 1: Business Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and University Students (Sunday, December 11, 2011) - Level: All
  • 9:30 am till 5:30 pm - Bechtel ELH
Day 2: Web Masters and IT Professionals (Monday, December 12, 2011) - Level: Intermediate, Advanced

  • 9:30 am till 1 pm - West Hall Auditorium A
  • 1 pm till 5:30 pm - Hostler Center
Day 3: Developers and Programmers (Tuesday, December 13, 2011) - Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • 9:30 am till 5:30 pm - Auditorium C

Please check the g|egypt 2.0 website.

We hope to meet you all there.

*for the non-AUB students, we apologize, allowing non-AUB students into AUB is a complex procedure, and we did no have enough time to manage that. You may still follow the event, we will be using the #gegypt hashtag in our posts on Google+.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Online Marketing Challenge

Real money, real results, real experience!

The Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) is an exciting opportunity for students to experience online marketing and creating online marketing campaigns using Google AdWords. As well, students and their professors can win great prizes. Over 50,000 students from almost 100 countries have participated in past Challenges.

With a US$250 budget provided by Google, students develop an online advertising strategy for a real business or non-profit organization that has not used AdWords in the last six months. The global winners and their professor receive a trip to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California to meet with the AdWords team. Regional winners and their professor receive a trip to a regional Google office. Visit the Winners page to see the 2011 Challenge winners.

The competition is open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, regardless of major, with teams ranging in size from three to six. All students must register under a verified professor/instructor at a higher education institution. The key dates for the Challenge can be found on the About the Challenge page.

Click HERE for more about the Challenge

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Google Photography Prize

Google+ photography competition community
Google Plus. Source.
Photography should be at the center of every social network, and Google Plus does exactly that. By offering an awesome platform for people to share and upload their photos, and making it so simple and intuitive to interact with the photos, Google targets a group that is usually ignored by most social networks.

And now, Google is offering an extra incentive for all those photographers and photography networks to use Google Plus. Meet the Google Photography Prize

Google+ photography competition categories
Categories available in the competition. Source.
Google teamed up with Saatchi Gallery, London to offer students in higher education around the globe a chance to showcase their work on the worldwide stage. They "challenge you to come up with photographs that will make us laugh, cry, listen, hop on a plane, start a conversation, or start a revolution". The Google Photography Prize offers 10 categories: Me, Food, Fashion, Travel, Fashion, Street, Action, Night, Sound/Silence, and Point of View.

The competition is open to all students in higher education who are over 18, anywhere in the world. You just have to choose one category, and share up to eight of your photos. The deadline is on January 31, 2012 so grab your camera and start shooting!

As with any competition, it isn't complete without some prizes, and Google offers some prizes to drool over. You ready? Here we go.
Top 100 entries
Galaxy Nexus, the prize for the top 100 entries. Source.
  1. Top 100: A Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. (Did I mention that its' camera has a zero shutter lag?!)
  2. Top 10: Their work will be shown at Saatchi Gallery, London for two months which will coincide with the exhibition ‘Out of Focus: Photography’.
  3. Also they and their +1 will also win a trip to London to attend the exhibition opening.
  4. Winner: A once-in-a-lifetime photography trip to a destination of their choice with a professional photography coach.
You can check the competition's rules here or visit the competition's Google Plus page.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Google Recruitment Presentations in Lebanon

Dear fellow students,

Whether you study at AUB, LAU Beirut, or LAU Byblos we have great news for you. Next week, Google will be having recruitment presentations at these three campuses. Matt Miro, from Google UK and Souheil Soueid, from Google MENA will be speaking at the event.

What you need to know:

Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Place: West Hall, Bathish Auditorium.
How to register:
If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Dr. Maryam Ghandour ( with the subject: Google – Oct. 25 and include the following:
Email Address:
Graduation Date (Month/Year):
Cumulative Academic Average:
See the flyer


Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 12:00pm till 1:30pm.
Place: Conference Room 203, Frem Civic Center, Byblos campus
How to register:
If you are interested, please email the Career Guidance Counselor at LAU Byblos, Ms. Rana Sakr ( or call her at (+961) 9-547 262 ext. 2350 by October 24 at the latest.

See the flyer


LAU -Beirut:
Time: Tuesday, October 25, 12-1pm
Place: Room LRC 21
How to register:
Contact Ms. Aya El Mir (

See the flyer


Monday, October 10, 2011

Google Presentation at LAU Byblos

To our fellow students at LAU Byblos:

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 12:00pm till 1:30pm, Google will be having a presentation about opportunities for students at Google in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Matt Miro, from Google UK and Souheil Soueid, from Google MENA will be speaking at the event.

If you are interested, please email the Career Guidance Counselor at LAU Byblos, Ms. Rana Sakr or call her at (+961) 9-547 262 ext. 2350 by October 24 at the latest.

For more info.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday
GOOGLE from all three Google student

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Third Musketeer

Hello everyone!
Adding to the already amazing mix of Raghd and Imad is me, Mazen Beaini. Where Raghd is the unchallenged Google & open source fanatic, and Imad is the non-technical Googley business/economics oriented "musketeer", I come along as the technical Google-loving guy. I would've said Google-obsessed prior to meeting Raghd :P.

So who am I? I'm a 4th year Electrical and Computer Engineer at the American University of Beirut. Apart from my course work, I've got a couple of technical projects running in parallel (most of which are integrated somehow with Google). I'll probably mention them in future posts. I'm also a cabinet member of the AUBCC (under construction) and a Toastmasters member.
I love sports a lot, mostly swimming, skiing, hockey...

When all the GSAs were happily meeting in Cairo, I was starting my internship 11,000 km away. Raghd and Imad haven't been short of stories and fun events that I've missed in Cairo. I hope to meet the other GSAs sometime this year (reading this Noha :P?)

Feel free to drop me an email at "myfirstname"."lastname" or Google+ me :)

g|days 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: the g|days!!!

As usual they'll be featuring awesome sessions about Google Maps, Adwords, Google AppEngine, and more. What's new this year is the inclusion of Google+.

So whether you are a developer, an SMB (small to medium business), a student, or just an enthusiast, I urge you to apply as soon as possible, seeing as the seats will be limited.

For extra motivation, I'll tell you that my experience last year was amazing. I went with some friends, and there I met some awesome Googlers. And I was so excited that I actually went through all the day without dozing off, and without drinking coffee!! (All who know me here know how hard that is). I also met some people from AUB who share my interests and passions, and whom I became close friends with.

So don't miss this great opportunity, and apply now!!

g|jordan: Amman, October 23-24 | Speakers | Day 1 | Day 2
g|uae: Dubai, on October 19-20 | Speakers | Day 1 | Day 2

For updates, follow Google Arabia on their blog and on twitter.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Now it's my turn

Background on myself:

If you check my Google+ account, you might not see the obsession with Google that Raghd has. In fact, i wasn't aware of Google's superiority until i got the necessary training back in Egypt, Cairo by very professional Google staff.

Being a Google Student Ambassador (GSA) is a great
opportunity for me to learn more about Google's mission, to
transfer this knowledge to my fellow AUBites, as well as an
amazing experience to develop my personal communication
skills, use my time efficiently, and become a constructive
person in my university and society.

I am a third year economics student at AUB, therefore i might not be so involved in technology (i have no clue about programming, Operating systems, etc....). I'm the senior representative of the economics student society at AUB (This is my first year), and i'm an active member of the AUB red cross club.

Besides my AUB life, I'm a First aider at the Lebanese Redcross, taking Latino dancing classes, took guitar classes for eight years and stopped this year (2011) (i could have kept playing if the DAY becomes like 35 hours), and i'm a huge fan of all kinds of sports especially football and skiing.

In a nutshell, that's all about me. Anyone who feels like contacting me,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Google Recruitment Presentation at AUB

As part of AUB's Special Employment Days 2011,  the Career and Placement Services Student Affairs at AUB, in coordination with Google, will be holding a recruitment presentation on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in West Hall, Bathish Auditorium targeting all AUB students and alumni.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Dr. Maryam Ghandour ( with the subject: Google – Oct. 25 before October 15 with the following:
  1. Name: 
  2. ID: 
  3. Class: 
  4. Major: 
  5. Tel/Mobile: 
  6. Email Address: 
  7. Graduation Date (Month/Year): 
  8. Cumulative Academic Average: 

For further information, please contact Dr. Ghandour.


So here we are, at the beginning of a new year at AUB. But this year's different. For me at least, as well as for Imad and Mazen. This year Google has chosen the three of us to be its ambassadors at AUB.

Background on myself:

This is me!
Well I don't know how much more I can say, just visit my , and you'll find out that I've been interested in extremely obsessed with Google for a while now. Put simply, Google has played and will play a major part in my life. I'm also interested in Linux and Open Source (just a user and tester for now). I'm very tech-oriented (yeah I'm really annoying to be around sometimes). I love to read, I like movies, I don't watch TV, and I don't do sports.

At AUB, I'm going into my fourth year of Electrical Engineering. Currently, I'm the secretary of AUB's Online Collaborative, an extremely active member of the Red Cross Club, a somewhat inactive member of the IEEE (I'm hoping to change that), a member of the UNESCO club, and a coffee addict (yeah, AUB does that sometimes).

There! Now that you now me so well, and know who you are dealing with, let's move on, shall we?

Background on Google:

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Google started in 1996 as a project called "Backrub" by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The project became Google in 1998, a play on the word googol which means 1 followed by a 100 zeroes. It then went on to become the world's most popular search engine, while launching many other innovative products, such as Gmail, Android, ChromeGoogle+, and many others. Through it all, Google made sure that every product it launches contributed to it's goal of organizing the world's information.

Google's Cofounder and current CEO once described the “perfect search engine” as something that “understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you want.” And although that goal seems to be far of, Google has made a lot of headway to achieving it. But even while it is working tirelessly on achieving this goal, Google tries  to stay true to its philosophy, as well as doing it's best to stick to the slogan: "Don't Be Evil".

And personally I must say, it is that slogan and that philosophy that attracted me most to Google. I believe in that philosophy. I believe that a person (or a company) can be both successful and ethical at the same time. And Google is one of the very few companies who abide by this policy so much that they made it their slogan.

Background on the Google Student Ambassador program:

The Google Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Google and their universities. These ambassadors:
  • Learn about innovative Google products and programs
  • Plan and host fun events on campus
  • Act as a campus contact for Google teams
  • Help Google better understand each university’s culture
  • Build relationships on campus with faculty and student groups
  • Test products and features
  • Promote product use and new product launches to students
  • Be a source of knowledge for your university about Google products
  • Spread Google goodwill to your fellow students

In short, it's our job to represent Google at AUB, host Google events, convey your feedback back to Google, and hand out cool Google SWAGs!!

(See more at the GSA-MENA blog and at the Google Jobs site)

Back to the present:

So far we (Imad, Mazen, and I) have been very busy with internships and work, but we've also been busy planning some cool stuff for you! We promise that this year will not be dull. (Well, not all of it at least!)

It won't be long now!

Till then, enjoy what's left of your summer (unless your a med student!). And prepare for an amazing year!