Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday
GOOGLE from all three Google student
Ambassadors!!

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"@gmail.com 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,
Imadsawma@gmail.com

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 (
mg03@aub.edu.lb) 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.

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!