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News and notes from Google down under

GCP expands to Australia with new Sydney region – open now

Starting today, developers can choose to run applications and store data in Australia using the new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Sydney. This is our first GCP region in Australia and the fourth in Asia Pacific, joining Taiwan, Tokyo and the recently launched Singapore.



GCP customers Down Under will see significant reductions in latency when they run their applications in Sydney. Our performance testing shows 80% to 95% reductions in round-trip time (RTT) latency when serving customers from cities in New Zealand and Australia, such as Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, compared to using regions in Singapore or Taiwan.

The Sydney GCP region is launching with three zones and several GCP services, and App Engine and Datastore will be available shortly:





Google Cloud customers benefit from our commitment to large-scale infrastructure investments. With the addition of each new region, developers have more choice on how to run applications closest to their customers. Google’s networking backbone, meanwhile, transforms compute and storage infrastructure into a global-scale computer, giving developers around the world access to the same cloud infrastructure that Google engineers use every day.

In Asia-Pacific, we’re already building another region in Mumbai, as well as new network infrastructure to tie them all together, including the SJC cable and Indigo cable fiber optic systems. 

What customers are saying 
Here’s what the new regions means to a few of our customers and partners.

"The regional expansion of Google Cloud Platform to Australia will help enable PwC's rapidly growing need to experiment and innovate and will further extend our work with Google Cloud. It not only provides a reliable and resilient platform that can support our firm's core technology needs, it also makes available to us, GCP's market leading technologies and capabilities to support the unprecedented demand of our diverse and evolving business." 
Hilda Clune, Chief Information Officer - PwC Australia



"Monash University has one of the most ambitious digital transformation agendas in tertiary education. We're executing our strategy at pace and needed a platform which would give us the scale, flexibility and functionality to respond rapidly to our development and processing needs. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and in particular App Engine have been a great combination for us and we're very excited at the results we're getting. Having Google Cloud Platform hosted now in Australia is a big bonus." 
Trevor Woods, Chief Information Officer, Monash University



"Modern geophysical technologies place a huge demand on supercomputing resources. Woodside utilises Google Cloud as an on-demand solution for our large computing requirements. This has allowed us to push technological boundaries and dramatically reduce turnaround time."
Sean Salter, VP Technology - Woodside Energy Ltd


Next Steps 
We want to help you build what’s next for you. If you’re looking for help to understand how to deploy GCP, please contact local partners: Shine Solutions, Servian, 3WKS, Axalon, Onigroup, PwC, Deloitte, Glintech, Fronde or Megaport.

For more details on Australia’s first region, please visit our Sydney region page where you’ll get access to free resources, whitepapers, an on-demand training video series called ‘Cloud On-Air’ and more. These will help you get started on GCP. Give us a shout to request early access to new regions and help us prioritize what we build next.

Four steps we’re taking today to fight online terror

Editor’s Note: This post appeared as an op-ed in the Financial Times earlier today.
Terrorism is an attack on open societies, and addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all. Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution. We are working with government, law enforcement and civil society groups to tackle the problem of violent extremism online. There should be no place for terrorist content on our services.
While we and others have worked for years to identify and remove content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is that we, as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done. Now.
We have thousands of people around the world who review and counter abuse of our platforms. Our engineers have developed technology to prevent re-uploads of known terrorist content using image-matching technology. We have invested in systems that use content-based signals to help identify new videos for removal. And we have developed partnerships with expert groups, counter-extremism agencies, and the other technology companies to help inform and strengthen our efforts.
Today, we are pledging to take four additional steps.
First, we are increasing our use of technology to help identify extremist and terrorism-related videos. This can be challenging: a video of a terrorist attack may be informative news reporting if broadcast by the BBC, or glorification of violence if uploaded in a different context by a different user. We have used video analysis models to find and assess more than 50 per cent of the terrorism-related content we have removed over the past six months. We will now devote more engineering resources to apply our most advanced machine learning research to train new “content classifiers” to help us more quickly identify and remove extremist and terrorism-related content.
Second, because technology alone is not a silver bullet, we will greatly increase the number of independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger programme. Machines can help identify problematic videos, but human experts still play a role in nuanced decisions about the line between violent propaganda and religious or newsworthy speech. While many user flags can be inaccurate, Trusted Flagger reports are accurate over 90 per cent of the time and help us scale our efforts and identify emerging areas of concern. We will expand this programme by adding 50 expert NGOs to the 63 organisations who are already part of the programme, and we will support them with operational grants. This allows us to benefit from the expertise of specialised organisations working on issues like hate speech, self-harm, and terrorism. We will also expand our work with counter-extremist groups to help identify content that may be being used to radicalise and recruit extremists.
Third, we will be taking a tougher stance on videos that do not clearly violate our policies — for example, videos that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content. In future these will appear behind an interstitial warning and they will not be monetised, recommended or eligible for comments or user endorsements. That means these videos will have less engagement and be harder to find. We think this strikes the right balance between free expression and access to information without promoting extremely offensive viewpoints.
Finally, YouTube will expand its role in counter-radicalisation efforts. Building on our successful Creators for Change programme promoting YouTube voices against hate and radicalisation, we are working with Jigsaw to implement the “Redirect Method” more broadly across Europe. This promising approach harnesses the power of targeted online advertising to reach potential Isis recruits, and redirects them towards anti-terrorist videos that can change their minds about joining. In previous deployments of this system, potential recruits have clicked through on the ads at an unusually high rate, and watched over half a million minutes of video content that debunks terrorist recruiting messages.
We have also recently committed to working with industry colleagues—including Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter—to establish an international forum to share and develop technology and support smaller companies and accelerate our joint efforts to tackle terrorism online. Collectively, these changes will make a difference. And we’ll keep working on the problem until we get the balance right. Extremists and terrorists seek to attack and erode not just our security, but also our values; the very things that make our societies open and free. We must not let them. Together, we can build lasting solutions that address the threats to our security and our freedoms. It is a sweeping and complex challenge. We are committed to playing our part.

Google Flights has landed down under

Pack your bags! Whether you’re traveling from Wollongong to WA, or Tullamarine to Townsville, Google Flights will give you travel inspiration and surface the best available flight options. Starting today, you can search on Google for flights to a destination by searching for things like “Flights to Cairns” or “Flights to New Zealand”. Or, you can go directly to google.com.au/flights to quickly and easily compare and book flights in $AUD — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop.


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Still daydreaming about your next trip? Try using Explore to get ideas on where to go based on popular destinations. If you want to get away for a holiday next month just choose “July” and a trip duration like “2 weeks” to see the dates with the lowest prices to visit each place.
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Once you select your departure and return dates, you’ll be presented with a list of ‘Best flights’; which represents the best tradeoff of convenience and price. Before you select a specific flight, you may see a notification bar with tips on how to find the best price for this route. Tips can include things like recommendations for alternate airports, suggest the cheapest dates to fly, or tell you about an expected price jump based on historic prices for that route.
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If you’re not ready to book yet, you can choose to track a flight and receive email notifications when prices are expected to change or when the price actually does increase or decrease significantly.
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Whether you’re ticking off your bucket list or taking a quick business trip, our goal is to help you find the best flight with confidence so you can plan, book and take off in a couple of clicks.

Happy travels!

Posted by Nabil Naghdy, Product Manager, Google Flights

Experience the songlines of Uluru with Google Maps Street View and Story Spheres

In the heart of Australia’s red centre lies the UNESCO World Heritage site, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is deeply sacred to the Anangu people, who have lived there for more than 30,000 years. It’s also home to a wide range of species, 21 mammals, 73 reptiles, 178 birds—and Australia’s most iconic natural landmark, Uluru.

Starting today, people across the world will be able to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on Street View, walk on the desert sand and enjoy the vibrant hues of the rock—from ochre to rust to wild plum and charcoal.
 
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku on Street View

Standing 348 m (1,142 ft) high, and with a total circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi), the immense scale, colours and contours of Uluru stir a sense of reverence. While visually and geologically extraordinary, the physical features of Uluru hold a deeper meaning for its traditional owners. For Anangu, the land carries sacred songlines—creation stories about the journeys, battles and adventures of their ancestral beings.

   Traditional Owner of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Reggie Uluru

All aspects of Anangu life are governed by Tjukurpa,the knowledge which guides relationships, values and behaviour. At the core of Tjukurpa law is a deep respect for the land. Anangu believe that if they look after the land, it will look after them. These teachings are passed down from generation to generation through stories, songs and inma (ceremony).

‘’Sometimes visitors come here and they see a beautiful place, but they don't understand the Tjukurpa, the culture and the law and the knowledge and the history that this place holds…. It’s the living keeper of our culture, ” says Sammy Wilson, Anangu traditional owner of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. “We want to teach those visitors about the Anangu understanding of this place.”
Traditional owner, Sammy WIlson, sharing Tjukurpa stories with Miranda Schooneveldt, Parks Australia

Over the past two years, we collaborated with Anangu Traditional Owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Parks Australia and the Northern Territory Government to capture the park for Street View according to Tjukurpa law. The Street View journey ventures to the vista of Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, the winding trail of the Kuniya Walk, the cool respite of Kapi Mutitjulu (waterhole) and ancient art at Kulpi Mutitjulu (Family Cave). It invites you to zoom in on the curves, crevices and textures of Uluru—and gaze up at its glowing gradient of colour.  


Lindsey Dixon, of Northern Territory Tourism, captured the Street View content at
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in accordance with Tjukurpa law


Since 2007, Google has mapped imagery of unique locations across 83 countries, including heritage monuments, touristic sites, museums, national parks and transit locations across the globe.  In the case of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Tjukurpa warranted a more nuanced approach.  For Anangu, there is no distinction between the physical and metaphysical, or the animate and inanimate. People, earth, plants and animals are inextricably connected. This means that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park could never be truly represented or understood (virtually or otherwise) without the presence and voices of its people.

We knew we had to bring these cultural and spiritual dimensions to the Street View experience. So we used the Story Spheres platform to add immersive audio stories and songs of Anangu traditional owners to the 360° Street View imagery. The result is an interactive, audio-visual guided tour, narrated by Sammy Wilson and with song and music by Traditional Owner and Anangu Elder, Reggie Uluru.  

 
                                         The Kuniya Walk on Story Spheres

Because Tjukurpa teachings are traditionally handed down through an ancient oral tradition, Anangu stories, songs and ceremonies are largely unrecorded. The generosity of traditional owners has made a rare and revered piece of culture available to, and archived for, the world.

                     Traditional owner, Sammy WIlson, sharing Tjukurpa stories with Miranda Schooneveldt, Parks Australia

Together with our partners, we’re privileged to help celebrate and preserve Anangu culture through technology. We hope this model will lead to stronger partnerships with indigenous communities across Australia—to share more sacred sites and instill greater value and respect for the land.

Get a behind-the-scenes view of the Google Maps Street View and Story Spheres project in our video:


The power of video to help #ShareSomeGood

Video affects us like no other medium. It can heighten our passions, stoke our fears, awaken us to new experiences, make us laugh and cry. It can educate, build understanding and even change the way we see our world.
Last year we launched the Share Some Good initiative, bringing together more than 100 creators and activists to the YouTube Pop-up Space in Sydney to inspire them to use their voices to promote tolerance and inclusion.
The talented artists who participated in Share Some Good at the premiere of their stories.
We challenged these people to come up with an idea or a story that tackles difficult issues such as hate and extremism, and that seeks to spread a more positive message. Today we’re privileged to share these 15 Australian stories with you:


We hope you will be as impressed as we were by the diversity of perspectives and the creativity behind each of these stories.
Share Some Good is the Australian chapter of YouTube Creators for Change, a global movement that amplifies the voices of YouTube role models who are confronting tough social issues through committing US$1 million in equipment and production grants and the appointment of champions from different areas around the world to work on social impact projects.
From combating hate speech, to countering xenophobia and extremism, to simply making the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others, these creators are helping generate positive social change with their global fan bases.
YouTube Creators for Change fellow L-FRESH the Lion and ambassador Natalie Tran
We’re thrilled to have Australia’s Natalie Tran among the 11 Global YouTube Creators for Change ambassadors, as well as L-FRESH the Lion appointed as a Creators for Change fellow.
We partnered with social change agency Love Frankie, the Foundation for Young Australians, the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Vice, which generously offered mentorship, training, and broader support to these creators.
Our goal is to enable a chorus of voices using digital platforms such as YouTube to drown out content that promotes violence, hate, or fear. We hope that Australians share these creative stories are motivated to contribute to this growing community of Australians who are seeking to Share Some Good.

Our next step on the path towards reconciliation

Reconciliation Week in Australia is a time when all of us celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

We think of proud peoples who for tens of thousands of years have been maintained a deep connection to the land - with an incredible history and proud culture.

This year, Reconciliation Week marks two important milestones: It is 50 years since the 1967 Referendum in which indigenous Australians were legally allowed to vote, and 35 years since the historic Mabo land rights decision.

Jason Pellegrino, Google Australia managing director, welcomes employees to the Reconciliation Action Plan launch.
The theme for Reconciliation Week in 2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’ and today Google is taking a big next step by launching our first ever Reconciliation Action Plan.

Last year we promised to create a plan to take practical actions, build respectful relationships and open up new opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We are happy to say that we have done just that, and we’re grateful for the support from the people at Reconciliation Australia, who have played an integral part in our reconciliation journey so far.

Gadigal elder Uncle Max performs a traditional smoking ritual.
But it is just the start of that journey, because there continues to be unacceptable gaps between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of Australia. We can’t ignore the past and must face the fact that past policies and European settlement had a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities.

At Google we believe we can best serve Australians by embracing and striving to understand the many diverse, complex and ancient cultures of our vibrant community.

We recognise that we can’t sit idly by in the path towards reconciliation - it must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all of us at Google, regardless of background.

This RAP, developed by a cross-section of passionate Googlers on behalf of their colleagues, articulates our joint vision for reconciliation in Australia and the actions we will take to be better partners with Indigenous Australia.

There are three main goals of the RAP:
  • Relationships - Partner with, and learn from, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities
  • Respect - Raise Google employee awareness of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements, in order to build an appreciation of life in Australia from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.
  • Opportunity - Provide better access to technology for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and a greater focus on building a pool of future technologists that better reflects Australia’s diversity.
Singer Christine Anu performs her song 'My Island Home' at the ceremony.

Our objective is help build stronger and more respectful ties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - and help ensure that all Australians can share in the opportunities created through technology.

Digital skills download at the Balmain Bowlo

More than 100 small business owners from Sydney’s inner west gathered at the Balmain Bowling Club this morning to gain new digital skills.

Research suggests digitally engaged SMBs are more likely to be growing, accessing new markets and hiring staff, which is great news for the local community and national economy.

Today's Digital Garage event - supported by the NSW Business Chamber, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Leichhardt and Annandale Business Chamber, and Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce - brought together the local business community, along with local Member of Parliament, Anthony Albanese; Google Australia Managing Director, Jason Pellegrino; and Vice-President of the Balmain Rozelle Chamber, Kate Moriarty.



Member for Grayndler, Hon. Anthony Albanese MP spoke to local businesses about the importance of gaining new digital skills.

“The inner west is home to many great businesses of all sizes. And these business owners are creative - they are responsive to technological change and are determined to succeed,” Mr Albanese said.

“With higher internet uptake in our area than any place in Australia, online presence and accessibility is crucial for our businesses.

“Today’s workshop encourages local business owners and leaders to not only continue to adapt, but also to come together and talk about how we can make the most of digital opportunities.”




Some great small businesses owners also shared their experiences of using digital tools - including local marriage celebrant, Stephen Lee, owner of Stephen Lee Celebrancy who uses Google My Business and YouTube to connect with new customers and Deepak Munsami, owner of The Tattoo Movement who uses digital advertising to reach clients online.



At Google, we think all Australians should have the opportunity to gain digital skills and we want to make that as easy as possible. That’s why we launched The Digital Garage: a free online training platform to help small businesses make the most of the web.

The Digital Garage will be hitting the road in coming weeks, visiting more locations around New South Wales - check out our events page to find out more.

Making AI work for everyone


Cross-promoted from Google global blog
Posted by Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
I’ve now been at Google for 13 years, and it’s remarkable how the company’s founding mission of making information universally accessible and useful is as relevant today as it was when I joined. From the start, we’ve looked to solve complex problems using deep computer science and insights, even as the technology around us forces dramatic change.
The most complex problems tend to be ones that affect people’s daily lives, and it’s exciting to see how many people have made Google a part of their day—we’ve just passed 2 billion monthly active Android devices; YouTube has not only 1 billion users but also 1 billion hours of watchtime every day; people find their way along 1 billion kilometers across the planet using Google Maps each day. This growth would have been unthinkable without computing’s shift to mobile, which made us rethink all of our products—reinventing them to reflect new models of interaction like multi-touch screens.
We are now witnessing a new shift in computing: the move from a mobile-first to an AI-first world. And as before, it is forcing us to reimagine our products for a world that allows a more natural, seamless way of interacting with technology. Think about Google Search: it was built on our ability to understand text in webpages. But now, thanks to advances in deep learning, we’re able to make images, photos and videos useful to people in a way they simply haven’t been before. Your camera can “see”; you can speak to your phone and get answers back—speech and vision are becoming as important to computing as the keyboard or multi-touch screens.  
The Assistant is a powerful example of these advances at work. It’s already across 100 million devices, and getting more useful every day. We can now distinguish between different voices in Google Home, making it possible for people to have a more personalized experience when they interact with the device. We are now also in a position to make the smartphone camera a tool to get things done. Google Lens is a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you’re looking at and help you take action based on that information. If you have crawled down on a friend’s apartment floor to see a long, complicated Wi-Fi password on the back of a router, your phone can now recognize the password, see that you’re trying to log into a Wi-Fi network and automatically log you in. The key thing is, you don’t need to learn anything new to make this work—the interface and the experience can be much more intuitive than, for example, copying and pasting across apps on a smartphone. We’ll first be bringing Google Lens capabilities to the Assistant and Google Photos and you can expect it to make its way to other products as well.
[Warning, geeky stuff ahead!!!]
All of this requires the right computational architecture. Last year at I/O, we announced the first generation of our TPUs, which allow us to run our machine learning algorithms faster and more efficiently. Today we announced our next generation of TPUs—Cloud TPUs, which are optimized for both inference and training and can process a LOT of information. We’ll be bringing Cloud TPUs to the Google Compute Engine so that companies and developers can take advantage of it.
It’s important to us to make these advances work better for everyone—not just for the users of Google products. We believe huge breakthroughs in complex social problems will be possible if scientists and engineers can have better, more powerful computing tools and research at their fingertips. But today, there are too many barriers to making this happen. 
That’s the motivation behind Google.ai, which pulls all our AI initiatives into one effort that can lower these barriers and accelerate how researchers, developers and companies work in this field.
One way we hope to make AI more accessible is by simplifying the creation of machine learning models called neural networks. Today, designing neural nets is extremely time intensive, and requires an expertise that limits its use to a smaller community of scientists and engineers. That’s why we’ve created an approach called AutoML, showing that it’s possible for neural nets to design neural nets. We hope AutoML will take an ability that a few PhDs have today and will make it possible in three to five years for hundreds of thousands of developers to design new neural nets for their particular needs. 
In addition, Google.ai has been teaming Google researchers with scientists and developers to tackle problems across a range of disciplines, with promising results. We’ve used ML to improve the algorithm that detects the spread of breast cancer to adjacent lymph nodes. We've also seen AI make strides in the time and accuracy with which researchers can guess the properties of molecules and even sequence the human genome.
This shift isn’t just about building futuristic devices or conducting cutting-edge research. We also think it can help millions of people today by democratizing access to information and surfacing new opportunities. For example, almost half of U.S. employers say they still have issues filling open positions. Meanwhile, job seekers often don’t know there’s a job opening just around the corner from them, because the nature of job posts—high turnover, low traffic, inconsistency in job titles—have made them hard for search engines to classify. Through a new initiative, Google for Jobs, we hope to connect companies with potential employees, and help job seekers find new opportunities. As part of this effort, we will be launching a new feature in Search in the coming weeks that helps people look for jobs across experience and wage levels—including jobs that have traditionally been much harder to search for and classify, like service and retail jobs. 
It’s inspiring to see how AI is starting to bear fruit that people can actually taste. There is still a long way to go before we are truly an AI-first world, but the more we can work to democratize access to the technology—both in terms of the tools people can use and the way we apply it—the sooner everyone will benefit. 
To read more about the many, many other announcements at Google I/O—for Android, and Photos, and VR, and more, please see our latest stories

Privacy Awareness Week & Consumer Fraud Awareness Week: Learn how you can stay safe and sound online

Trust and transparency are the key themes of Privacy Awareness Week this year, which falls in the same week as Consumer Fraud Awareness Week.  At Google, we place a huge value in being upfront and transparent with our users, and talking about privacy in clear language that everyone can understand.  

But we know that there is no one size fits all approach to protecting user privacy.  Now more than ever, privacy means different things to different people and we want to help our users get comfortable with their relationship with Google.   Key to this level of comfort are the concepts of trust and transparency.

Our goal is to empower users through the information we give them so that they can make informed decisions about their relationship with Google.  In 2015, we introduced a new site at privacy.google.com that answers some of the biggest questions, like: what data does Google collect? And What does Google do with the data it collects?  

We also made users’ settings easier to find, understand, and manage—putting it all together in one place called My Account.  


We continue to innovate on and improve user’s access to and control over their account data.  For example, we are giving users unprecedented transparency through My Activity where you can see and manage the information used by Google services.  By being open and transparent about Google’s data collection and use policies and by giving control to our users over how their data is used, our hope is that our users trust us more.  It’s as simple as that.

But we are also strongly invested in creating safer digital environments where vulnerable members of the community are less likely to fall victim to scams.  We have a dedicated help page that identifies all of the scams purporting to be from Google.  

We also make the web safer from phishing and malware every day with our Safe Browsing warnings in Chrome. Each day we find more than 7,500 unsafe sites, so when you use Google Search, or surf across to an unsafe page using your Chrome browser, we’ll display a warning and encourage you to go elsewhere. We also provide this intel to the Stop Badware coalition, so other service providers can make the web safer, too.

There are also some things you can do to help us keep your data safe and secure. For example, we recommend you take a quick Security Check-Up this week to review your current Google account settings.  You can also visit the Google Safety Centre for more advice about being safe online.

You’ll see a lot of activity this week promoting trust and transparency as part of #PAW2017 and raising awareness of online scams through #FraudWeek2017.   This serves as a strong reminder of how important it is to review your privacy and security settings on the services you use.  Rest assured that Google is committed to these issues and making our services trustworthy and robust every single week of the year.

Announcing Google’s CS4HS recipients for 2017

Equipping and empowering educators to confidently teach digital technologies in the classroom provides students with lifelong skills that enable them to solve problems and develop critical analysis skills.
Google’s Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) program has been running in Australia and New Zealand since 2011 and in that time has trained more than 9,000 teachers.
Through hands on professional development workshops the program provides teachers with the skills and resources they need to teach computational thinking and computer science concepts in fun and engaging ways.
The impact of these workshops goes beyond the individual teacher to their whole school and community. Bianca Audet, a primary teacher and assistant principal at Kahibah Public School in NSW, attended her CS4HS Workshop at the University of Newcastle in 2015. Bianca says the workshop helped her “to understand that Computer Science was not as intensive or difficult as I thought and that students would be able to follow some simple initiatives, such as Scratch coding.”

Bianca Audet leading a session at the 2016 University of Newcastle CS4HS Workshop
Bianca returned from the workshop and introduced the materials into her classroom to great success. In 2016 she returned to the CS4HS workshop, not as a student but as a teacher to equip other primary teachers with her expertise and experience of implementing digital technologies at her school with practical tools to enact in the classroom.
Bianca’s CS4HS experience has also had a significant impact on her school, with Kahibah Public now offering dedicated STEM class time with a focus on engineering and robotics for students.
We’re excited to announce the 2017 CS4HS Awards that will continue to inspire and empower teachers like Bianca around Australia and New Zealand.

2017 CS4HS Funding Recipients 

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Bentley Park College 
Catholic Schools Office, Lismore
Coding and Innovation Hub
Design and Technology Teachers’ Association
Griffith University
ICT Educators NSW
John Monash Science School
Macquarie University
Pedare Christian College
Regional Development Australia Hunter
Southern Cross University
St Bernard’s Primary Bateman’s Bay
St Columba Anglican School
Swinburne University of Technology
Tasmanian Society for Information Technology in Education
The University of Adelaide
The University of Melbourne
The University of Newcastle
The University of Sydney (MadMaker)
The University of Western Australia
Victoria University

New Zealand 
Auckland University of Technology
NZACDITT
The University of Canterbury - Primary Workshop
The University of Canterbury - Secondary Workshop
Victoria University of Wellington