Google Local Guides Summit 2016

It was first time Google hosted Google Local Guides Summit 2016 at San Francisco, California on September 13- 14th 2016. Google Summit sounds cool, it was a great oppurtunity for contributors to part of this excellent Summit (#LGSummit16). We Kolkata Local Guides and West Bengal Local Guides Community happy that from here Our contributors make it for grand Google Local Guides Summit 2016. it was a proud moment from Kolkata Local Guides community our one of the key member Dr. Shaunak Das received call for Google for their Google Local Guides Summit 2016. 

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Summit Group pic | by sukantapal1
Group Photo Credit : Google Local Guides

It was all about experience the journey, learning, networking and share it other fellow members to inspired them fullest new level. That’s how community grow. Shaunak Share lots of interesting stories before and after Summit happened. One thing mostly came out that he did a great job few years for Local Guides and finally this full-fill those hard works nicely. It was Google Summit it should be Grand no doubt about that, actually it was more than that. Lots of activities, session and learning experienced it was. Those memorable experience this one blog post not enough. Make it more interesting adding more photos rather than text.

Directly from Shaunak

What is Local Guides programme?

Local Guides is a global community of explorers sharing their discoveries on Google Maps. Help others find the best spots in town, make new friends, and unlock exclusive benefits along the way, to know more please visit here
Google invited us there as some of their top contributors to Google Maps and Local Guides. Any Local Guide at level 5 was able to apply. We were the selected 75 from 37 countries.

Only four people got selected from India. But due to visa problem two attended the summit.

My role in local guides programme and details :
I joined their program last year, in the month of November. My local guides current point is almost 2500 and I contributed so many photos to Google maps, edited and added numerous places (more than 1500) in Google maps. Also I have reviewed more than 600.
On 20th May I got an invitation letter from Google that they invited 75 total local guides from all over the world to attend their inaugural summit at Googleplex, at Sillicon Valley.
Summit details :
The summit days were very short and just for two days. i.e. 13th & 14th September, 2016

Google paid all my travel expenses and we stayed at Hyatt, San Francisco during the summit days. I arrived San Francisco on 12th Sep via Abu Dhabi (Etihad airways). The journey was so long, it took 4 hrs to reach Abu dhabi , then 15 hrs to reach SFO. Google did airport transfers for all of us.

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On 12th sep around 3pm I visited Golden Gate bridge with some other friends and walked all over. We had a welcome dinner at Hyatt hotel and it was really awesome to meet other 74 local guides.We shared some souvenirs among us.

Day One: On 13th morning we went to Google HQ at Sillicon Valley, mountainview. Met with Googlers and walked along the entire google campus. Saw some awesome things like Google visitor center, Google android garden etc. We had lunch at Googleplex. The canteen space was huge, and I met some Indian Googlers there.We had some exclusive meetings with top Googlers too.

 

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Day Two : On 14th we visited Google San Francisco office and met other Google employees there. We all geo walked after the lunch. Witnessed the streets of San Francisco, cable cars (tram) , met with locals.
On same day we had closing party at Mission Bowling club.
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Next day on 15th some of us went to Alcatraz island. Now a tourist attraction, previously it was a prison cell for notorious criminals. The island is similar to Andaman island of India.
On 16th I visited Stanford university to meet with one of my relatives, who works there. The Stanford campus is really really great.
On 17th morning I had return flight from SFO, I arrived kolkata on 18th Sep at 8pm.
Pictures Courtesy : Dr. Shaunak Das
Here some brief information directly from Shaunak. We are more than excited to have you as part of our Small Kolkata Local Guides family, it means a lot. It’s time to introduced our  Kolkata Local Guides community bigger audience and make it grand. Stay tuned more details post will be posted shortly.
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