A visit to Google HQ Sydney

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Do you remember my Google Student Ambassador application video? Well I was accepted into the Ambassador program and that meant spending 2 days at Google HQ Sydney for the GSA Summit last week! Being a Google Student Ambassador means representing the Google brand at UniSA for the rest of the year. The Summit was a fabulous opportunity to learn about Google products and network with other Ambassadors and Googlers alike.

The summit included seminars on specific products, Q&A with tech and non-tech Googlers, opportunities to talk with previous Ambassadors who are currently working at Google, presentation skills workshop and learning what it means to be ‘Googly’. While at Google we lived like a Googler, including eating from the Google café’s and too much swag! Other activities we participated in included tours of the office, cooking competitions and teamwork competitions and a boat cruise on Sydney Harbor.

As a returning Ambassador, the opportunity to reconnect with old friends was tremendous. The Summit proved an amazing opportunity to network with amazing cohort of 2015 Ambassadors from Australia and New Zealand. Being at Google allows you to meet passionate, inspiring individuals who are committed to changing the world. It was a privilege to listen to these individuals talk transparently about their role in the global company and the issues they comes across, along with the projects Google are working on currently. Another takeaway from the Summit was learning about Googlers pathways to where they are today and how different these can be. You could end up in a position that is completely different to what you studied!

This year I am the only Ambassador for UniSA and one of five from South Australia. We will be communicating with students through Google at UniSA with information about Google visits (yes, Googlers are coming to Adelaide!), Google products to make study easier this year, events on campus and career opportunities arising for students. I think one of the most exciting things I learnt this week was about the extension of Google Books to include textbooks saving 60% on print prices. I look forward to sharing everything I learnt with students at UniSA this year.

Stay Curious. Stay Googly. And like Google at UniSA.

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