Google Announces Education Incentives for 2 Conferences

Google is offering travel grants for Grace Hopper Computing Conference attendees and is looking for presentation proposals for the Google Test Automation Conference.

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As part of its focus on constant learning, Google is offering five travel grants to the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference this October, and is also seeking presentation proposals for its own Google Test Automation Conference to be held in Kirkland, Wash.

Both opportunities for attendees are part of Google's ongoing efforts to provide an atmosphere of constant learning in the world of IT.

The five travel grants to the Grace Hopper Conference do have some specific conditions; they are only being offered to female university students and industry professionals in computer science in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a recent post by Nicola Dixon of Google's university programs team, on the Google for Students Blog. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, July 15.

"As part of Google's ongoing commitment to increase the number of women in engineering, we are excited to offer travel grants to the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference taking place in Phoenix, Ariz., from Oct. 8 to 10, 2014," wrote Dixon. "The theme for this year's conference is 'Everywhere. Everyone,' and will offer incredible opportunities for mentoring, networking, and career development."

Each of the five grants includes conference registration, round-trip flights to Phoenix from within Europe, the Middle East or Africa, reimbursement for ground transportation to and from the airport and the hotel, as well as hotel accommodations from Oct. 7 to 11, she wrote.

The winners of the Grace Hopper conference grants will be announced the week of Aug. 4.

The other upcoming learning opportunity is the Google Test Automation Conference, which will be held Oct. 28 to 29 at Google's Kirkland, Wash., offices, according to a recent post by Anthony Vallone on the Google Testing Blog. Topics at the GTAC conference include discussions about the latest innovations in test automation and the test engineering computer science field. The conference brings together engineers from industry and academia to discuss a wide range of related topics, according to Vallone. "It's a great opportunity to present, learn and challenge modern testing technologies and strategies," he wrote.

Interested attendees or presenters can apply to come to the free event, which will seat about 300 attendees. The deadline to apply as an attendee or presenter is July 28, 2014. The GTAC event will also be streamed live on YouTube for people who can't attend in person, wrote Vallone.

Google has long been active in offering training, fellowships and awards programs to encourage innovation and new thinking in IT and technology.

Earlier in July, Google announced that it is taking developer training sessions on the road for its Google Cloud Platform to help developers expand their skills with its products. The North American Developer Roadshow will start July 21 and visit 11 cities in the United States and Canada. The 11 roadshow sessions on this tour will be held July 21 in Los Angeles; July 23 in San Francisco; July 30 in Seattle; July 31 in Vancouver, B. C.; Aug. 5 in New York City; Aug. 7 in Cambridge, Mass.; Aug. 12 in Toronto; Aug. 12 in Boulder, Colo.; Aug. 14 in Austin, Texas; Aug. 19 in Atlanta; and Aug. 22 in Chicago.

In June, Google announced the names of 38 graduate students from around the world who have been selected as the winners of the 2014 Google Ph.D. Fellowships. Google's Ph.D. Fellowship program is aimed at Ph.D. students in computer science or closely related fields, according to Google. The program, now in its sixth year, covers North America, Europe, China, India and Australia. Google has so far awarded 193 fellowships in 72 universities across 17 countries.

In August 2013, Google named the winners of 105 Google Research Awards for computer science projects that will be conducted by graduate students around the world.

Google also offers a Google Policy Fellowship Program, which brings interested college and university students together to spend their summers immersed in the world of Internet policy as Google Policy Fellows.

In February 2013, Google awarded its first Google App Engine Research Awards to seven projects that will use the App Engine platform's abilities to work with large data sets for academic and scientific research. The new program, which was announced in the spring of 2012, brought in many proposals for a wide variety of scientific research in subjects such as mathematics, computer vision, bioinformatics, climate and computer science.