Friday, September 23, 2011

Introduction


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!

2 comments:

  1. I had no idea google had representatives at AUB. Too bad my days on campus are a distant memory. Anyway keep on the good work and hope you succeed in your mission.

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  2. This year would be the the first. We're hoping to do a good job. Make both Google and AUB proud and more importantly help the AUB community discover some awesome and helpful stuff. Thanks for the good wishes! :D

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