What is Google Earth Outreach?
Google Earth Outreach is a program that helps provide nonprofits and public benefit organizations with the knowledge and resources they need to visualize their cause and tell their story in Google's mapping tools. The online program consists of an overview of mapping toolssuccess stories from nonprofits using Google mapping toolstutorials, information about our grants program, as well as other resources for nonprofits. This short video is a great introduction to the program.

When is the Geo for Good User Summit?
The summit will be held on October 12-16, 2015 and will run from roughly 8am to 6pm on each day. 

Which costs are covered as part of the Geo for Good User Summit, and what are participants expected to pay on their own?
The training and materials are provided free to participants, as well as the meals of breakfast and lunch. The participants cover the cost of any travel to and during the workshop, such as airfare, hotel accommodations, etc.

What can I expect at a Google Earth Outreach workshop?
The workshop will teach highly practical tools which organizations can use to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud. The workshop also provides a chance for nonprofit professionals to network, discuss common issues and challenges, and learn how to train others within their organization and the greater communitySee herehere and here for descriptions of past Google Earth Outreach workshops. 

Is there an agenda? What will be covered? 
We plan to cover a variety of Google mapping technologies and you can review the session selection on the Agenda page. 

Can anyone attend the Geo for Good User Summit? How much does it cost? 
This hands-on workshop is limited to 100 participants. Due to limited space, we may not be able to accept every workshop applicant, and no more than 2 representatives from each organization will be accepted. Attendance is free, following acceptance into the workshop through Google’s application process.

In what languages will the training be given? 
Regretfully, we can only offer the training in English at this time. 

I'm not able to attend this workshop. Will there be future opportunities? 
For information on future workshops and opportunities, check out our Events Calendar.

Application Process

I see that the application period has passed. Can I still apply?
The application deadline for this year's Geo for Good User Summit was June 30, 2015. All applicants were notified of their application status via email in early July. Unfortunately, since the deadline has passed, and the Summit is full (with a wait list), we are not opening the application form again. However, we host this same workshop every year, and if you’d like to sign up to receive notifications about this workshop next year, as well as other workshops throughout the year, you can sign up for our mailing list with your Gmail or other Google Apps email account (don’t worry, we only email about once every 1-2 months!), or follow us on Twitter.

I have been accepted, but need a letter of support (e.g. to get manager's approval, funding, a travel visa, etc.)
If you need a letter of support (e.g. to get manager's approval, funding, a travel visa, etc.), please email earthoutreach@google.com, with the Subject of "Visa letter needed" or "Invitation letter needed". We will reply to all requests for letters of support within 24 hours.

What are the requirements for workshop participants? What qualities or skills will be given preference during the application review by Google? 
This workshop is intended for nonprofit mapping and technology specialists. Ideal participants will meet one or more of the following requirements:
  • Are employed at a nonprofit or consult for nonprofits; or work in a capacity that serves indigenous peoples
  • Are classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, technology advocates, librarians, administrators, professional trainers, and other education professionals who are committed to geo-literacy and using maps to address social or environmental challenges
  • Demonstrate ability to implement and make effective use of Google mapping technology within their organization.
  • Are currently working on mapping projects, or have datasets they want to map.
  • Have intermediate-to-advanced technical experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Google Earth, Maps, Maps Engine or Earth Engine
    • GIS experience
    • Web/multimedia development
    • Programming for Google Geo APIs
  • Possess training experience and intend to train others within their organization or in the larger nonprofit community on Google mapping technology.

How many applicants will be accepted? 
100 applicants will be accepted to participate in the workshop.

Can more than one individual from the same organization apply? 
Yes, but no more than 2 individuals from any given organization will be selected to attend, because of limited space.

Travel and Logistics

Where is the workshop being held? How do I get there? 
The workshop will be held at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. See our Location & Directions page for more info on the location.

Where can I park? 
Parking info can be found on the Location & Directions page.

What hotel is recommended for out-of-town participants? 
Recommendations for nearby hotels can be found on the Accommodations page.

Will any meals be provided to participants?
Breakfast and lunch on all 5 days will be provided to participants free of charge.

Does Google Earth Outreach offer travel sponsorships to participants seeking funding to travel to the Summit?
Google Earth Outreach does not typically offer travel sponsorships for the Geo for Good User Summit. This year however, Google Earth Outreach is focusing efforts to build capacity of public benefit organizations in Brazil, India, Russia, Indonesia and Mexico to use digital mapping technologies. We may be able to provide financial assistance to a limited number of eligible participants from these countries to partially cover the cost of their travel to Mountain View, CA. If you are an applicant from Brazil, India, Russia, Indonesia and Mexico, in your application, please indicate whether a travel sponsorship would be necessary for you to participate in the Summit.