Call for applications: Google Mapping Technology for Nonprofits training

Google is going to hold a training workshop for nonprofit technologists who have experience or an interest in mapping and data visualization. It sounds pretty groovy.


What: Google Mapping Technology for Nonprofits

When: September 26-28, 2011, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Morris J Wosk Centre for Public Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia

Who should attend?: This workshop is intended for nonprofit technology specialists. Ideal participants will meet one or more of the following


  • Are employed at a nonprofit or consult for nonprofits; or work in a capacity that serves First Nations or other indigenous groups
  • Demonstrate ability to implement and make effective use of Google mapping technology within their organization.
  • Are currently working on mapping projects, or have datasets they want to map.
  • Possess training experience and intend to train others within their organization or in the larger nonprofit community on Google mapping technology.

Have intermediate-to-advanced technical experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Google Earth, Maps or Fusion Tables
  • GIS experience
  • Web/multimedia development
  • Programming for Google Geo APIs

This hands-on workshop is limited to 60 participants.

Due to limited space, no more than 2 representatives from each organization will be accepted.
Apply for Workshop: Attendance is free, pending approval through Google’s application process. Preference will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the requirements stated above.

To apply, visit

Deadline for application is August 5, 2011.

You will be notified of your acceptance on or before August 19, 2011.

Due to limited space, we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins.

Lodging: More details forthcoming

Note: Breakfast and lunch on the workshop days are provided free to participants.

Tentative Agenda:
Monday, September 26th

  • Morning – Introduction to Google Earth Outreach. Case Studies & Demos of nonprofit mapping projects. Higher-level overview of the Google mapping tools (Google Earth, Maps, and Fusion Tables).
  • Afternoon – Hands-on training in the above tools. Participants may be separated into 2-3 tracks based on skill level.

Tuesday, September 27th

  • Morning – 3-4 concurrent breakout sessions on tools. Topics TBA
  • Afternoon – Unconference sessions. Topics to be suggested by participants and selected through popular vote.

Wednesday, September 28th

  • Project Work Day – Participants bring in their datasets for a day of project work with Google Earth Outreach team members, who will be on hand to consult and answer questions.

More details about workshop sessions found at