Friday, September 28, 2012
On the Google Earth Outreach team, we’re very lucky to work with organizations around the world who are practicing “Geo for Good:” using maps to help make the world a better place. We’ve worked with organizations that save elephants in Africa, clear landmines around the world and protect our coastlines. As part of our ongoing support for non-profits that use Google mapping tools to help change the world, we hosted the Geo for Good User Summit this week at our Google headquarters in Mountain View.
85 nonprofit organizations attended this week’s Summit -- old partners and new -- spanning the globe from the Galapagos to the Appalachian Mountains of the United States to the forests of Sumatra, and working on a range of issues such as conservation, humanitarian relief and cultural preservation. They received hands-on training of all the new mapping tools that Google makes available to users around the world, including Google Maps Engine, Google Earth Engine and Google Earth Enterprise Portable Solution.
Brian McClendon, VP Google Maps and Google Earth, addressing the Geo for Good attendees
As part of our event this week, we also announced the latest addition to our Google Earth Outreach Grants program: Google Maps Coordinate. Google Maps Coordinate is a workforce management tool that allows organizations to quickly and easily assign jobs to field workers, improving operational efficiency and communication. We’re looking forward to helping non-profits use Google Maps Coordinate to do things like deploy urban forestry teams, urban car-sharing services, or mobile health workers to conduct surveys in villages. Eligible non-profits in the U.S., U.K. and Canada are welcome to apply for a Google Maps Coordinate grant today.