Sunday, April 29, 2012

Deploying Technology to Empower SMEs in Lebanon

Google and the IE Alumni Association cordially invite you to a panel workshop and careers networking session on the topic of empowering SMEs in Lebanon through web-based technologies entitled "Deploying Technology to Empower SMEs in Lebanon".

The session will feature a high-profile panel of tech industry entrepreneurs, including:

  • William Kanaan (Google)
  • Maroun Chammas (IDM, Berytech)
  • Hala Fadel (Comgest, MIT Enterprise Forum)
  • Elie Habib (Riyada Enterprise Development)

Date: Friday, 4 May 2012
5:00-5:30pm (Reception)
5:30-6:30pm (Panel)
6:30-8:00pm (Networking)
Cost: Free
Venue: Hotel Le Bristol, Verdun, Mme Curie Street, Beirut, Lebanon

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Discover Google @ NDU

In collaboration with the Computer Science Club at NDU, we will be holding a "Discover Google" session on Friday, April 27 2012, from 1pm till 6pm at Friends Hall.

There will be 3 different sections: (don't worry there will be breaks between them!)
Google Opportunities for Students and Faculty
Google Services and Google+
Intro to Android

We will be starting at 1pm with the first section. If you have a class, feel free to join us when you are done.

In the meantime, please register here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Applications for MENA Google Student Ambassadors Now Open

A lot of you have been asking us how you can become a Google Student Ambassador, here's your answer!

To apply;

  1. Fill out the MENA GSA 2012 Application before June 30!
  2. Write an essay about one of these two topics (you can choose either regardless of your major):
    1. Engineering students: “Is there a way for the social web to be more than just social?”
    2. Non-engineering students: “Creative FOPs (forms of payment) and social support” 
  3. Write a motivation letter on "why you want to be an Ambassador, what you can change in your Country through learning new technical skills and how using Google tools could help your university" 
  4. Provide a short statement from Professor or Head of Department confirming name, level and area of study.

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university in the Middle East or North Africa, preferably in the 2nd or 3rd year
  • Pursuing a BA/BS or MS degree
  • Passionate about technology
  • Able to plan events and manage a budget
  • Actively involved in student life on campus
  • Any student from: Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine & UAE can apply.

You will have to:

  • Attend a one-week intensive summer training to help familiarize you with Google products, features, programs and other opportunities for students. 
  • Work closely with local Google teams
  • Host and organize events to bring awareness about Google's products and brand
  • Spread the word about competitions, training opportunities, scholarships and other events
  • Attend Google events as a Google representative
  • Help Google to better understand your campus' 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

If you succeed, you will:
  • Receive regular updates about exciting new Google products / features, programs and announcements
  • Enhance your professional development, leadership, technical and communication skills
  • Be eligible to participate in special Google events, product training and be considered for local internships
  • Be able to exchange best practices with Ambassadors from other schools and disciplines from around the region.

Timeline is as follows:

  • Registration opens: Sunday. April 15, 2012 
  • Registration closes: Tuesday, May 15, 2012  Friday, June 15 2012 Saturday, June 30 2012 (yes, the deadline has been extended! AGAIN!!)
  • Acceptance noyification: Early July
  • Training: August 2012 (after Ramadan)

More details here.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Google Services @ AUBOC's Social Media 101 Workshop

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce that we will be giving the Google Services and Google+ session in the Social Media 101 workshop given at AUB and organized by AUB's Online Collaborative. This session will be held on Wednesday, 11th of April 2012 at Olayan School of Business, Lab 206 (2nd floor). The session is open only to all AUB students, professors and staff.

The session will be covering most of Google's popular online tools, including Search, Gmail, Docs, Maps, Sites, Google+, and others. And several tips and tricks on how to use these tools more effectively and efficiently. If you want to register for the session, please check this page, and don't forget to register.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Google Code Jam 2012

Google is challenging you to prove yourself! If you are a programmer (noob, pro, and anything in between) you might wish to accept the challenge and participate in this year's Code Jam.

Google Code Jam is a yearly global coding challenge organized by Google since 2003, in which you can use any programming language you like to solve some algorithmic problems which can range in complexity from easy (Qualification Round) to min-boggling (Finals) eg: this challenge one in 2010, which no one managed to solve. According to the official Google blog, "last year’s champion, Makoto Soejima, was asked to build a house for kittensserve food to hungry mathematiciansescape from a shady casino and help Goro control his anger." [source]

Register now for a chance to win $10,000 and worldwide fame.

For more info, practice, and registration, please visit: