Thursday October 15

7:45am: Shuttle transfer from Wild Palms to Google

8-9am: Breakfast

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

9-9:45am: Tools for storytelling

Moderator: John Bailey

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

In this session, you’ll hear an overview of how you can use Google mapping tools for storytelling. You will also hear from a selection of partners about how they used these tools and others to tell interactive stories about their data and work. See below for the lineup of partners who will be speaking.

9:00am - 9:15am

Overview of tools for storytelling by John Bailey

9:15am - 9:25am

Jeff Holmes, Encyclopedia of Life

Engaging students with stories about remarkable species and the people who study them

Read More

See the Project

9:25am - 9:35am

Image result for roots and shoots logo

Stephanie Keller, Roots and Shoots

Using Google Street View and virtual field trips to Gombe National Park to kickstart local community action campaigns.

Read More

See the Project

9:35am - 9:45am

Image result for story cycle logo

Saurav Dhakal, StoryCycle

Stories from Everest: Map Based Storytelling

Read More

See the Project

9:45-10:15am: Lightning Rounds

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

Participants will have the opportunity to present their mapping work to the rest of the Summit attendees and Googlers in a 2-minute "lightning-round style" format.

10:15-10:30am: Break

G4G15- Storytelling Sessions.jpg

Immersive Experiences with Street view

Presenters: John Bailey

Location: CL2-Crane Beach

Street View images can be viewed in Google Maps and Earth or the Street View App but for a truly engaging experience they are best explored using VR viewers. This session will demonstrate how to explore Street View with Cardboard and different ways to leverage it to tell stories, for example, via Google Expeditions. We’ll also examine how to use YouTube to create 360 videos and describe how Jump VR cameras will soon provide 3D 360 imagery.

Prerequisites: None; If you wish to use your own mobile device during this session you will need to install the Google Maps (Play Store, iTunes) and Street View (Play Store, iTunes) Apps.

Storytelling with Google Earth

Presenters: Sean Askay

Location: CL3-Maxwell

Google Earth is a great tool creating immersive narratives by combining our satellite, 3D and Street View imagery with your own map data. This course will cover a range of ways to use Earth to tell your stories, from setting up your KML projects so they are easy to walk through interactively during presentations, to creating simple KML Tours you can send others so they can lean-back and watch/experience the stories you create.

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with using Google Earth, such as creating placemarks, lines, folders, etc. Think about stories that you might want to tell


Presenters: Randy Sargent

Location: CL2-Bahamas

Explore the recent history of our planet through Earth Timelapse.  Watch urbanization, industrialization, deforestation and reforestation, mining and drilling, reservoirs drying up and rivers moving.  Explore seasonal fires in agricultural areas, versus flaring around oil extraction.  We'll look at some of the drivers of climate change, as well as some of the effects.

Tour Builder

Presenters: Vanessa Schneider

Location: CL2-Caymen Islands

Bring your story to life with Tour Builder, an easy-to-use mapping and presentation tool—no programming required.

Prerequisites: Google account; install the Google Earth plug-in:

GME Transition: Use Cases

Presenters: Karin Tuxen-Bettman

Location: CL2-Dos Playas

In this session, we'll briefly review the different options for transitioning your data and map from GME into another technology. We'll also hear how a few GME users made the transition. This session is meant for those who have used GME heavily in the past, and are now in the process of transitioning their data and maps.

Prerequisites: Must have used GME in the past, and are now in the process of transitioning their data and maps.

Geo Vector Hosting at Google Scale

Presenters: Jordon Mears

Location: CL2-Dos Playas

This advanced course will show how to take a traditional GIS vector dataset file (SHP), convert it and upload it onto Cloud SQL and then host it out to the world onto a Google Map via Google App Engine and the JACS project.


  • Web Browser

  • An SSH client (Putty on Windows is a good choice, Mac and Linux has one built in)

  • A Google account (i.e. GMail)

  • Basic knowledge of GIS concepts and basic web application administration a plus.

2:30-2:45pm: Coffee Break

Location: CL2-Crane Beach

2:45-3pm: Depart for Field Trip to Golden Gate Park and the California Academy of Sciences

3-9pm: Golden Gate Park and the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

9pm: Depart San Francisco for Wild Palms Hotel