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Divyanshi Singhal doodles her hope to have “Walking Trees” in the future, to protect the next generations from deforestation
The idea of “walking trees” wins votes and hearts to become the national winner of this year’s Doodle for Google contest

This year’s contest saw over 1.1 lakh children from classes 1 to 10 across the country sending in their doodles, based on the theme ‘When I grow up, I hope ..’. It was heartening to see so many fresh, creative depictions for a better world: from cleaning up the ocean, to flying solo using technology, to simply dreaming about a world without boundaries.

After three months, and with participation from over 50 cities across India, we are thrilled to announce this year’s National winner of our Doodle for Google contest: seven-year-old Divyanshi Singhal  from Gurgaon is the national winner with her imaginative, thoughtful, and inspiring doodle, entitled ‘The Walking Tree’. Divyanshi’s doodle will be featured on the Google India homepage on November 14th as part of our celebration of Children’s Day. 

Caption: 2nd grader Divyanshi Singhal from Gurgaon is the national winner of this year’s Doodle for Google Contest

Divyanshi from DPS, Gurgaon, expressed her dismay on trees been cut down, where through her doodle ‘The Walking Trees’ she says, “When I grow up, I hope the world’s trees can walk or fly. The land could be cleared so easily without making them die. There would be so little deforestation and humans can just ask the trees and their friends to move to another place.”

When we inquired how she came up with this delightful idea, she explained, “When I visited my grandmother, I was so sad to see the trees around her house being cut. So I thought that if trees could walk or fly, we will not have to cut them'' she said wistfully. 

This year’s jury, comprising creative masterminds including Rajiv Chilaka, (creator of Chhota Bheem & CEO of Green Gold Animation,) Prajakta Koli (India’s leading female YouTube Creator,) and Neha Sharma (famous artist and creator of Neha Doodles) along with the Google Doodle team had a mammoth task at hand; first, to shortlist from the submissions received, then to choose the 20 Finalists from across the nation, with every piece of art as compelling as the other. All entries were evaluated on the criteria of artistic merit, creativity and theme communication, as well as the uniqueness and novelty in the approach.

The final 20 shortlisted doodles were then showcased online at for public voting. The designs for this year’s theme were incredibly creative across all class groups. In addition to the national winner, 5 group winners were also selected. Over 6 lac public votes helped us determine the following group winners for the 5 class groups   

Class group 1-2: 
G.S.S. Sharvan, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
Doodle Title: Ocean Friendly 
“When I grow up, I hope to live in a world where the underwater sea animals become free from plastic waste. I would like to clear the underwater using a machine to help sea animals and plants.”

Class Group 3-4: 
Bhaswati Bishoi, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhubneswar 
Doodle Title: From moon to moon!
“My parents gave me the nickname “Moonmoon”, telling me go moon to moon. When I grow up, I hope to fulfill my parent’s dream, and to participate in the space voyage to discover the undiscovered.”

Class Group 5-6: 
Ankit Bhattacharya, Delhi Public School, Kolkata
Doodle Title: Learning with Fun 
Grades place students in predefined categories like A, B, C which compel them to run after marks rather than to acquire real knowledge. So when I grow up, I hope there is no fear of exams. Learning is more fun and students expand their horizons, improve creativity and skill without any stress.

Class Group 7-8: 
Pyla Vijay Kumar, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
Doodle Title: Khadi, an evergreen Indian pride
“When I grow up, I hope to spread the significance and genuinity of KHADI material in order to increase its production and utilisation, thereby restoring the Indian Culture.”

Class Group 9-10: 
Sidagam Sai Sathvik, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
Doodle Title: Everlasting Impact -- Indian Folk Art
“When I grow up, I hope the world recognises the magnificent treasure of India -- Indian Folk Art -- and passes it on to the next generations leaving an everlasting impact.”

With the Doodle for Google competition, we aim to celebrate and promote creativity, passion, and imagination in young people across the country, and we continue to be overwhelmed by the participation from the talented and creative young artists each year. 

A heartfelt thanks from the Doodle for Google team and the jury to all who voted and helped us select this year's winners. Most importantly, we thank the students who submitted their wonderful entries this year, and our partner schools and guest judges -- it was incredibly challenging to select the winning doodles from the amazing entries we had the honor of reviewing. 

Keep on doodling, and looking forward to seeing you next year!

Posted by Sapna Chadha, Senior Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia & India

Connect with news in multiple languages with Google News

Today, over 60 percent of people around the world speak and consume news across two or more languages. Finding articles in these languages can be challenging, since it requires you to search for topics across various apps and websites. To help solve this problem, we’ve built a new feature in Google News that will provide access to news articles from multiple languages and countries from around the world, all within one app.

With this update, you’ll be able to include content in two languages together within your news app, and benefit from the headlines and stories in each language to learn more about a culture or to catch up on what’s going on elsewhere. For example, this means you can stay up to date on the news in English and Hindi at the same time, and enjoy articles from local news outlets in both languages alongside one another. You’ll be able to connect with any of your favorite publishers and topics from anywhere around the world.

We’ll still apply your previous personalization preferences, giving you the most relevant articles and topics you care about across your language choices, so you’ll never miss a story.

This expanded capability is now available for the Google News app on Android and iOS, across  141 countries and 41 language options. To activate this feature, navigate to your language settings in your Google News app.  

There’s still lots more to do to help connect people with quality and trustworthy news on the issues they care about, but we hope today’s update will make it easier to connect with different cultures and perspectives from the comfort of your device. 

Posted by Robb Wei, Google News

Meet the finalists of India’s Doodle for Google 2019
With over 1.1 lakh children participating, you can now vote for your favourite little doodler’s entries!

This year, we asked art-loving students from Class 1 to Class 10 in India to show us, via a Doodle, what they hope for in their future (‘When I grow up, I hope ..’).  We were humbled to see the expanse of creativity and imagination from this next generation of thinkers and received entries from over 1.1 lakh children from across the country. What was even more inspiring was that 55 percent of these were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Kota, Ambala, Siliguri, Kottayam, Bareilly and Bhubaneswar. Creativity clearly has no boundaries in India.

Today, we are glad to announce the top 20 finalists for the annual Doodle for Google (D4G) 2019 competition. These children expressed themselves in unique ways, giving us a sneak peek into what they hope for: from having a world without boundaries to making learning fun for school kids; bringing innovation in farming to promoting Indian folk art; space exploration to saving animals. The children depicted their ideas using crayons, clay, and a range of graphic design mediums.

And here’s where you get to vote for your favourite little doodler! It’s time for you to show some love, and ensure their doodle is featured on on Children’s Day (November 14, 2019.) Online voting to pick the final winner starts on October 25 and will close at 10:00PM IST on November 6. Finally, based on your votes the shortlisted entries will be considered by the national jury who will pick the winners.

During the time, we partnered with NGOs like Smile Foundation, Protsahan, Salaam Balak Trust, and You & Society to conduct art workshops for kids. We conducted these across Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata, where the artists shared doodling tips with the children.

This year’s D4G participants are grouped into five categories: students from Class 1 and 2; from Class 3 and 4; Class 5 and 6; Class 7 and 8, and finally Class 9 and 10. The entries went through multiple rounds of judging, first by a panel of art teachers, then by a jury comprising creative masterminds such as Rajiv Chilaka, (creator of Chhota Bheem & CEO of Green Gold Animation,) Prajakta Koli (India’s leading female YouTube Creator,) and Neha Sharma (famous artist and creator of Neha Doodles.) Details of the finalists along with their doodles are showcased at

Here is the list of the 20 finalists from across India:

Group 1: Class 1 to 2
  1. G.S.S. Sharvan, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
  2. Divyanshi Singhal, DPS, Gurgaon 
  3. Nevisha Thareja, GD Goenka Public School, Gurgaon
  4. Rutvi Ravi Mandaliya, DPS, Bhopal 

    Group 2: Class 3 to 4
    1. Aarushi Amit Swant, Children’s Academy, Mumbai
    2. M. Nandhakishore, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
    3. CH. Bhawagnya, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
    4. Bhaswati Bishoi, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhubneswar 

      Group 3: Class 5 to 6
      1. Dontam Setty Dheeraj, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
      2. Ponnada Sai Akshita, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
      3. Ankit Bhattacharya, Delhi Public School, Kolkata
      4. K.Vinil, TSWRES, Hyderabad 

        Group 4: Class 7 to 8
        1. V. Karan Dev, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore 
        2. P. Vijay Kumar, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
        3. Sarah Elisa Jogy, Udayachal High School, Mumbai 
        4. P. Sai Likhit, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam

          Group 5: Class 9 to 10
          1. S. Sai Sathvik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
          2. Mahita Madaka, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
          3. Bhooshan, St. Aloysius High School, Mangalore
          4. P Sai Homesh,  TSWRES, Hyderabad 

            About the History of the Doodle:

            Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists. Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made the act of searching more fun and enjoyable for users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody anticipated how popular and integral they would be to the Google search experience. These days, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!

            Having a little bit of fun with our logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies, but at Google it is a part of our brand. And Doodle for Google is one of our favourite moments, when we have the unique honor of seeing how kids represent our logo in the context of their own hopes and dreams.

            Posted by Sapna Chadha, Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia & India

            Introducing India’s first ever NextUp for Gamers Class of 2019!

            In the last few years, Gaming creators on YouTube in India have gained massive popularity. From dodging zombies in Dying Light, to scoring goals in FIFA - creators have captured the breadth of the gaming ecosystem and brought the best of it to their fans and viewers! That's not all! They are also engaging with their fans in multiple ways -- from  direct engagement in real time with YouTube Live, to giving their viewers the opportunity to watch their favourite games at leisure, and also connect with on another during live streams through Super Chats.

            Globally, there are 75% more channels with 1M+ subscribers in 2019, as compared to 2018 and India is no exception. For instance, Aaditya aka Dynamo Gaming, who started his journey in 2015, crossed a big milestone of 5M subscribers this year. Shutter Authority, known for VFX-heavy gaming content, was part of our first Next Up program in India in 2016 with about 37K subscribers. Since then, he has amassed almost 2M subscribers and over 980M views from across the world.

            As the final special edition of YouTube NextUp India for this year, we’re excited to announce our first-ever class of NextUp for Gamers 2019. Our 12 winners, who span 6 languages, come from 8 different cities and play more than 10 different games. These lucky creators  will attend a five-day Creator Camp at the Pop-Up Space in Chennai in November! They will go through sessions on content strategy best practices, production design, green-screen usage and masterclasses on camera work, lighting, and editing to further refine their craft. Each winner will also receive a voucher worth INR 140,000 for production equipment, to take their channel to the next level! 

            Here’s a quick look at who our winners for the NextUp for Gamers are:
            Manasvivi: Manasvi is breaking gender stereotypes by bringing a female presence into the PUBG Mobile, with her goal being to create a more inclusive community on YouTube.

            SuperTuxon: Teja, the creator behind SuperTuxon - brings dance, comedy, and costumes to his streams, giving his viewers a great dose of both pure gameplay and entertainment.

            SikhWarrior: Voted Nvidia Streamer of the Year 2018, SikhWarrior delivers professional PC streams while playing PUBG and GTA V Roleplay.

            Midfail-YT: Kicking off our regional diversity, Midfail streams games like PUBG, Human Fall Flat and GTA V while providing commentary in Tamil.

            P.K. Gamers: Run by Ravi and Parwez, P.K. Gamers are the only Free Fire channel from in our winner’s cohort and have seen some massive growth on the platform.

            SkullCrusher Gaming: SkullCrusher Gaming is your go-to channel for watching playthroughs some of the highest quality games - The Witcher, Forza Horizon and Mad Max.

            Malmer: Bringing quality game content in Malayalam, Sarath’s goal for his channel Malmer is to grow the gaming community in his own home state of Kerala.

            Nik Gaming: Adding to our lingual diversity, Nikhil does livestreams in Marathi of popular games like PUBG and GTA V.

            Liars FC Soccerworld: One for all the football fans out there, Liars FC provides you with all the tips and tricks you need to be successful at PES.

            KGK Gaming: Helping his viewers become better at PUBG, Gagan does regular livestreams in Kannada to make it accessible to a whole new set of viewers.

            Anmol Juneja: Anmol is one of the few Indian creators making great Hindi content around Fortnite and his reactions achieving those epic in-game moments.

            Sandeep Gowdru Live: Sandeep Gowdru delivers consistent livestreams on PUBG and explores the competitive scene while doing commentary in Kannada.

            We want to offer a huge congratulations to these gamers! 

            You can follow along on Twitter at @YTCreatorsIndia for all the exciting updates from our winners on-ground at Camp. 

            Posted by Marc Lefkowitz, Head of YouTube Creator and Artist Development, APAC

            Announcing Class III of Launchpad Accelerator India

            In August 2019, we opened up applications for Class III of Launchpad Accelerator India - our 3-month program designed to accelerate Indian startups that are using scalable tech like AI & ML to address issues at the core of India’s growth, and we are thrilled to announce the start of the new class.

            These 10 inspiring startups will begin their exciting journey with us in October 2019. Similar to the previous two classes, these startups will get access to the best of Google -- including mentorship from Google teams and industry experts, free support, Cloud credits, and much more. The startups will undergo an intensive 1-week mentorship bootcamp which will begin with a detailed and thorough understanding of their problem areas across domains, followed by mentorship sessions, and end with setting clear and specific goals for the upcoming 3 months of the program. 

            After the bootcamp, the startups will receive highly customized support, which will include:
            • Tech guidance on specific projects
            • Machine learning related support
            • Design sprints for identified challenges
            • Leadership workshops
            • Access to Google teams
            • Interactions with  industry experts, mentors
            • Networking opportunities at industry events, PR support and much more

            The class will end with a leadership workshop pioneered and created by Google called ‘Leaders Lab’ which will give founders a 360 degree perspective and insights about their leadership style.
            The class kicks off on 14th October 2019 in Bangalore.
            Meet the 10 startups which will be part of Class III:
            1) Agricx: Agricx helps 450M+ stakeholders such as farmers, food processing companies etc. to standardize, digitize and enable discovery of agricultural produce using AI

            2) Ambee: Hyperlocal, real-time, and accurate air quality data and intelligence at street level granularity and at global scale, to impact and improve the lives of billions around the world

            3) Artivatic: Artivatic powers insurance, finance & healthcare businesses with intelligent systems, solutions & processes using AI, ML and data to help them for seamless business & customer activities

            4) CureSkin: AI skin-care expert, using image recognition techniques to identify skin problems

            5) Intello Labs: AI based post-harvest commodity quality assessment mobile applications

            6) Jiny: The world's first assistive UI platform for businesses that guides users at each and every step in their own language through its audio visual assistant

            7) Nayan: Detecting traffic violations and improving road safety through Artificial Intelligence on crowdsourced video data

            8) Nira: An app-based credit line granting approved users a limit of up to Rs. 1 lakh

            9) PerSapien: A device that can neutralize pollution from the ambient atmosphere and can be used to clean up the air above our cities

            10) SustLabs: A product that effectively reads and decodes real-time electricity consumption of a house all the way up to key appliances level just by using smart meter data

            Posted by Paul Ravindranath, Program Manager, Launchpad Accelerator India

            Bringing Indian craft, tracing back many centuries, to Google Arts & Culture

            From Kerala to Kashmir, Kutch to Kohima, and all 29 Indian states, over 50 of India's crafts will now be on  ‘Crafted in India’ -- the largest online exhibition on Indian Crafts.

            Not many of us know about the exquisite basketry of the Angami Nagas or the Bell Metal Craft of Payyanur or the 300 year old Mata Ni Pachedi Textile Art of Gujarat and the rich history of crafts that India possesses. Google Arts & Culture’s new project ‘Crafted in India’, in partnership with Ministry of Tourism, Dastkari Haat Samiti, and 20 other cultural institutions is making India’s rich handmade heritage accessible for the world to experience. With over 280+ exhibits and 11,000+ images & videos, ‘Crafted in India’ gives people an immersive tour of varied Indian craft forms -- from fabrics to embroidery, wall paintings to stonework, metal casting to wood carving, and more.  

            It’s said that back in the 17th century, the Lambani nomadic tribes also called Lambadis or Banjaras, came from Afghanistan to India and are now spread across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Today, the Lambadis community lives and works in Sandur, one of the villages in Karnataka and continues to create rhythms with needle and thread. Their colorful embroidery is popular among people in modern cities and can be found at a variety of exhibitions and craft bazaars. 

            Lambani Embroidery

            Like the Lambanis, many stories of Indian craft are woven into the country’s rich heritage. The intricate silver work from Odisha also known as Chandi Tarkashi, is another great example that can be dated back to the 16th century. The designs employed by the artisans in silver filigree ornaments, decorative pieces and utilitarian products [like trays, bowls, platters, plaques, photo frames, tiny cones] show the influence of elaborate motifs of that era. Their story of creativity, skilled handwork, and precision work is lesser known to the world. 

            Silver Filigree

            We know what makes each craft form special are the people behind it. This project therefore takes you behind-the-scenes, to the towns and villages of craftspeople, who have helped preserve and nurture varied craft forms. Meet the late Shabir Ali Beigh, from Srinagar as he decodes the 500 year old tradition of Sozni embroidery, his inspiration, the art of needlework that can make 500 stitches within a centimeter, and the invaluable experience of many generations that his family brings to this field. In this video, master artisans D.C. Rao and Sindhe Ramulu talk about the leather puppetry of Andhra Pradesh which is among the oldest shadow puppet traditions in India. The stories of these craftspeople continue to inspire us, and we are excited to bring their incredible journey online, making it more accessible to people across the globe. Watch inspirational stories of Carpet weaving, Bell metal casting, and Banarasi Sari weaving

            Bell Metal Casting

            The exhibit also touches upon the Value of Waste and various ways of crafting paper from the most unexpected materials -- from pineapple fibres to old currency, and animal dung. People can discover more about the 40 different waste materials that can help produce paper, including damaged currency notes, whilst also learning more about the various techniques used to make a range of handmade paper products made using waste materials -- these include paper trays, decorative  sheets, notebooks among others. 

            To make exploration of craft easy and fun for modern day users, ‘Crafted in India’ has an interesting ‘Guess That Craft’ exhibit. Through a series of clues, the exhibit uncovers the various art forms of India, including Elephant Dung Paper -- an ecological way to create paper from animal wasteChannapatna Toys -- conceptualized by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century, these quirky crafts continue to be created, painted, and played with today, Chhau Masks -- flamboyant craft used during Chhau dance, and many others. 

            Channapatna Toys

            Crafts have not only become a central part of India's economy, but are integral to India’s rich heritage and culture. The Ministry of Tourism will be promoting, ‘Crafted in India’, as part of its internationally acclaimed tourism campaign -- Incredible India!, and will encourage both Indian and global audiences to ‘Explore India and carry a craft back’.  

            We invite everyone to meet the makers, explore their crafts, and share their stories, on the Google Arts & Culture website, and the free Google Arts & Culture mobile app on iOS or Android.

            By Simon Rein, Program Manager, Google Arts & Culture

            AdSense now understands Marathi

            Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Marathi, a language spoken by over 80 millions people in Maharashtra, India and many other countries around the world, to the family of AdSense supported languages.

            The interest for Marathi language content has been growing steadily over the last few years. With this launch, AdSense provides an easy way for publishers to monetize the content they create in Marathi, and advertisers can connect to a Marathi speaking audience with relevant ads.

            To start monetizing your Marathi content website with Google AdSense:

            1. Check the AdSense Program policies and make sure your site is compliant.
            2. Sign up for an AdSense account
            3. Add the AdSense code to start displaying relevant ads to your users.

            Welcome to AdSense! Sign Up now!

            Posted by AdSense Internationalization Team

            Keeping privacy and security simple, for you


            Our goal has always been to create products that are simple, helpful, and intuitive. It’s no different with privacy and security: managing your data should be just as easy as making a restaurant reservation, or using Maps to find the fastest way back home.

            Earlier this year, we started rolling out more ways for you to protect your data, including making our controls easier to access, new ways to use Google apps with Incognito mode, and options to automatically delete data like your Location History, searches, and other activity with Google.

            Making these controls consistent across our core products will help them become more familiar, and we hope, even easier to use. Today, we’re sharing a few more updates on our progress toward this goal.

            Incognito mode arrives in Maps

            Incognito mode has been one of our most popular privacy controls since it launched with Chrome in 2008. We added it to YouTube earlier this year, and now we’re rolling it out in Google Maps.

            Incognito mode in Maps

            When you turn on Incognito mode in Maps, your Maps activity on that device, like the places you search for, won’t be saved to your Google Account and won’t be used to personalize your Maps experience. You can easily turn on Incognito mode by selecting it from the menu that appears when you tap your profile photo, and you can turn it off at any time to return to a personalized experience with restaurant recommendations, information about your commute, and other features tailored to you. Incognito mode will start rolling out on Android this month, with iOS coming soon.

            Expanding Auto-delete to YouTube

            In May, we announced that you could automatically delete your Location History and Web & App Activity, which includes things you've searched and browsed. We promised to bring this to more products, and now we're bringing Auto-delete to YouTube History. Set the time period to keep your data—3 months, 18 months, or until you delete it, just like Location History and Web & App Activity—and we’ll take care of the rest.
            Auto-delete in YouTube History

            Control your privacy with your voice in the Assistant

            We’re adding new ways to easily understand and manage your data in the Assistant.
            First, when you ask questions like “Hey Google, how do you keep my data safe?” the Assistant will share information about how we keep your data private and secure.
            We’re also making it easier to control your privacy with simple voice commands. In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to delete Assistant activity from your Google Account just by saying things like “Hey Google, delete the last thing I said to you” or “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you last week.” You won't need to turn on any of these features—they will work automatically when you ask the Assistant for help. If you ask to delete more than a week's worth of data from your account, the Assistant will point you directly to the page in your account settings to complete the deletion. We’re rolling this out in English next week, and in all other languages next month.
            Privacy actions in the Assistant

            Strengthening your password security

            Protecting your privacy online requires strong security, and that’s why we protect your data with one of the world’s most advanced security infrastructures.
            Tools like our Security Checkup help users by automatically detecting potential security issues with your Google Account and make it easy for you to add extra protections to keep your account safe, like removing old devices or unused apps that still have access to your account.
            But we also want to help protect you across the internet, and a big part of that is helping you remember passwords for your other online accounts. With so many accounts, bad habits like using the same password across multiple services are common, and make all of your accounts as vulnerable as the weakest link. If someone steals your password once, then they could access your information across different services using that same password. 
            Our password manager automatically protects your passwords across your different accounts, and today, in time for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re making it much more powerful. We’re introducing the Password Checkup, a new feature that—with one click—tells you if any of your passwords are weak, whether you’ve reused them across multiple sites, or if we've discovered they've been compromised (for example, in a third-party data breach). Find more about the Password Checkup in this post.
            Password Checkup
            We’re constantly working to improve the products that billions of people use, right now. We’re also looking to the future so that teams at Google, and other organizations, can build new products and develop new engineering techniques, with privacy and security as core principles. In May, we opened the new Google Safety Engineering Center where we expect the number of privacy engineers to double by the end of 2019. We’ve also open-sourced technologies like our differential privacy library, Private Join and Compute and Tensorflow Federated. These will help any institution—from hospitals to governments to nonprofits—find better ways to gain insights from their data while protecting people's privacy.
            As technology evolves, so do people's expectations for security and privacy. We look forward to building protections that aim to exceed those expectations, and will continue sharing regular updates about this work.

            Posted by Eric Miraglia, Director of Product Management, Privacy and Data Protection Office

            Adding 57,000 public toilets to Google Maps across India

            In 2016, in collaboration with the Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, we embarked on a campaign to help users across India to locate public toilets within Google Maps. We launched this as a pilot in three cities: New Delhi, Bhopal, and Indore. After almost three years, this effort now encompasses over 57,000 public toilets in 2,300+ cities across the nation.

            With Google Maps, our aim has always been to help people as they navigate and explore the world, wherever they are. And we believe that making information about public sanitation facilities easily accessible to people is a key element for social good -- one that also constitutes the cornerstone of the government's Swachh Bharat campaign to promote clean habits and hygiene.

            We have a long history of making Google Maps more relevant, accurate, and reliable for Indian users with India-first solutions such as two-wheeler mode and offline Maps. For this campaign, our product and engineering teams together built a new process seamlessly integrate toilet listings into Google Maps. We have worked closely with the Ministry to update Maps with key information about public toilets from across India, while refining our systems to accurately surface these toilets through a variety of user queries -- over 2.5 lakh users now search for public toilets every month across Search and Maps.

            Today, all you need is to search for ‘public toilets near me’ on Google Search, the Google Assistant or Google Maps and receive results at your fingertips. 

            In addition, through Google My Business, we helped the Ministry take ownership of these listings on Google Maps so they could monitor visits, ratings, reviews and more, thereby gaining valuable insights that could help them take necessary action to maintain and upgrade toilets. 

            Google Maps Local Guides are also continuing to feedback on toilets in their locality, late last year we ran a campaign to spur awareness and adoption that resulted in 32,000 reviews, photos and edits being added to public toilets across India.

            We have been humbled to be a part of this campaign, and remain committed to finding ways to make Google Maps even more useful and relevant to users across India. 

            Posted by Anal Ghosh, Sr. Program Manager, Google Maps

            Launching Build for Digital India: Student Developers Solve For India Initiative

            India is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets for digital consumers, with 460 million internet subscribers in 2019, second only to China. Newly digitising sectors, including agriculture, education, energy, financial services, healthcare could each create $10 billion to $150 billion of incremental economic value in 2025 & possibly create 60 million to 65 million jobs, as per McKinsey

            The Government of India’s ‘Digital India’ vision seeks to empower every citizen with the benefits of technology. Google India is committed to contributing to this vision through fostering innovation in areas that are core to  India’s challenges.

            To ensure that India achieves its digital potential, Google and the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) have come together to launch Build for Digital India - Student Developers Solve for India program. The aim of this initiative is to give Indian science, technology and engineering students a platform to become solution creators for the problems they see around them and their communities. Students will be invited to build solutions on any of the following themes:

            1. Healthcare
            2. Agriculture
            3. Education
            4. Smart Cities & Infrastructure
            5. Mobility & Transportation
            6. Women Safety
            7. Digital India
            8. Environment & Sustainable Development Goals
            9. Accessibility & Disability
            10. Digital Literacy
            11. Others

            We will support and nurture tech ideas and/or market ready tech products by providing:

            • Learning opportunities: numerous online learning opportunities on cutting edge tech like machine learning, Android, Google Cloud, progressive web apps and more through courses, live sessions, talks, etc.
            • Mentorship: mentorship sessions in product design, strategy, tech and more from Google and industry experts across India to the most promising products and prototypes. 
            • Showcase: the program will provide visibility and exposure to the best solutions

            In order to maximise the reach of the initiative, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will:

            • Encourage universities and colleges across India to participate
            • Provide infrastructure support
            • Offer guidance and support for each theme

            Through this program, Google hopes to further contribute to the tech ecosystem by

            • Upskilling students on key technologies and concepts like cloud computing, machine learning, Android, progressive web apps, Flutter and open source development.
            • Nurturing entrepreneurship among students and motivating them to pick meaningful areas  to apply their innovative tech solutions
            • Building key employability-focussed skills via various focused learning opportunities

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            Posted by Paul Ravindranath, Program Manager, Google India Developer Relations