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22 news innovators from the Middle East, Turkey and Africa

July 13th, 2021

During a 14-year career as a journalist, Dina Aboughazala reported on issues impacting people’s lives across the Middle East. But she found that many existing news services concentrated on what was happening in big cities, while lesser-known areas were often ignored. To highlight undiscovered voices with interesting stories to tell, last year Aboughazala started the…

Making it easier for publishers to manage privacy and messaging

July 12th, 2021

The advertising ecosystem is constantly evolving with new privacy regulations, updates to advertising identifiers, and ad blocker technologies — all of which give users more transparency and control. But they can be confusing and time-consuming for publishers to manage. To help our partners streamline how they manage global privacy regulations and their user messaging journey,…

New ways to grow your games business sustainably

July 12th, 2021

Mobile gaming has been a popular outlet for people to stay entertained while spending more time at home. A recent Google Play study of mobile gamers shows that 45% of existing players have discovered more games to play in the past year than the year before — and developers need the right tools and insights…

Partnering with Google for Startups helped us redefine community

July 9th, 2021

It seems like yesterday when I launched Centraal to serve as a meeting point for the Mexico City startup world: a place where people from different walks of life meet, collaborate, and facilitate the flow of ideas and innovation. Eight years in, we are proud to be one of the leading tech hubs in Latin…

A Matter of Impact: June updates from Google.org

July 8th, 2021

This week we wrapped up Pride Month, and while events looked a little different than usual, I was happy to still take part in virtual celebrations at Google and in my community. For me, Pride represents a time to celebrate progress, and also reflect on how much work is left to be done. Like it…

A new generation of Korean startups

July 7th, 2021

In Korea today, a new generation of startup founders are making their mark — continuing Korea’s long tradition of forward-thinking in technology, building a more diverse Korean economy, and contributing to the recovery from COVID-19. Supporting these founders is a priority for Google in Korea, part of our mission to help improve Koreans’ lives and…

Kick like a pro with Footy Skills Lab

July 7th, 2021

When I was growing up in Brisbane, Aussie Rules football wasn’t offered as a school sport – and there weren’t any professional female role models to look up to and learn from. Despite these limitations, we got resourceful. We organized football games in our lunch breaks with friends, using soccer or rugby goal posts and…

Mentorship inspires Deyrel Diaz and future researchers

July 1st, 2021

During his undergrad, Deyrel Diaz attended a VR hackathon where he tried out an aircraft training demo. While Deyrel, a computer science (CS) student, had experience with 3D modeling and coding, seeing the results in action was all new. “This was the first time I’d seen the two mediums interact on such an immersive level,”…

An exploration of art, nature and technology

June 30th, 2021

Caroline Rothwell is a Sydney-based visual artist whose work tackles important conversations about human interactions with nature throughout history — and their lasting effects. In her latest body of work, she hopes to bring attention to the plants around us we so often take for granted. She wanted to see if technology could help her…

Why this Google engineer is teaching students to code

June 30th, 2021

San Francisco-based Googler Ernest Holmes first started coding when he was in high school. “From then on, I was hooked and knew I wanted to become an engineer,” he says. By the time he was a freshman at Morehouse College, Ernest was participating in the Google in Residence program (GIR). That program introduced him to…