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Google launched the Science Fair 2013

Google has launched the ‘Google Science Fair’ to search the next generation of scientists and engineers to change the world.  The fair has been launched on 01/30/13 in partnership with CERN, the LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American. Students between ages 13-18 to are invited to participate in the largest online science competition and submit their ideas to change the world.

Last two years, thousands of students from more than ninety countries have submitted research projects that address some of the most challenging problems people are facing.

Following are important information for 2013 Google Science Fair:

Students can enter the Science Fair in 13 languages.

  • The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm PDT.
  • In June, Google will recognize 90 regional finalists (30 from the Americas, 30 from Asia Pacific and 30 from Europe/Middle East/Africa).
  • Judges will then select the top 15 finalists, who will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. for Google live, final event on September 23, 2013.
  • At the finals, a panel of distinguished international judges consisting of renowned scientists and tech innovators will select top winners in each age category (13-14, 15-16, 17-18). One will be selected as the Grand Prize winner.

Prizes for the 2013 Science Fair include a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions, experiences at CERN, Google or the LEGO Group and digital access to the Scientific American archives for the winner’s school for a year. Scientific American will also award a $50,000 Science in Action prize to one project that makes a practical difference by addressing a social, environmental or health issue. We’re also introducing two new prizes for 2013:

For more information visit www.googlesciencefair.com

Source: http://googleblog.blogspot.in/2013/01/google-science-fair-looking-for-next.html

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Google+ turns out to be second largest social platform

As per data released by GlobalWebIndex, Google+ has surpassed Twitter and has become the second biggest social platform globally with 343 million active users.

According to GlobalWebIndex 25 % of worldwide Internet users are currently active on Google+ at least one time a month — second behind Facebook (51 percent), but ahead of YouTube and Twitter (both 21 percent).

All three of the major global social networks, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter are growing by leaps and bounds.

“Data collected in GWI.8 (Q4 2012) demonstrates the continued shift in usage from localised social platforms to global ones with huge growth for Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. The fastest growing network in 2013 in terms of “Active Usage” (defined as “Used or contributed to in the past month”) was Twitter which grew 40% to 288m across our 31 markets (approximately 90% of global internet population). 21% of the global internet population now use Twitter actively on a monthly basis. This compares to 21% actively using YouTube, 25% actively using Google+ and a staggering 51% using Facebook on a monthly basis”.

Source: http://globalwebindex.net/thinking/social-platforms-gwi-8-update-decline-of-local-social-media-platforms/

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Google launches Zavers – a smart, simple real-time digital coupon solution

Google has come up with a new simple real-time digital coupon solution known as Zavers. With the help of Zavers retailers and manufacturers can reward their customers with coupons appropriate to their buying. Intend behind this coupon service is to assist retailers increase loyalty and enhance shopping cart range expand rewards programs.

With the help of Zavers it will be possible for the e-commerce business owner to offer the right coupons to the right shoppers. Shoppers can easily discover the manufacturer discounts on their favourite websites and can add the digital coupons to their online cards. Savings will automatically deducted at checkout when shoppers swipe their rewards card or type in their phone numbers – no scanning or sorting necessary.

The Zavers network as well put forward retailers a catalogue of manufacturer coupons, which may open up new retail revenue prospect.

Zavers as a solution for Manufacturers

  • Easy to manage and track the efficiency of their coupon distributions
  • Get real-time redemption data

Zavers as a solution for Retailers

  • Reward loyal customers with relevant coupons
  • Extend incentive programs
  • Make settlement faster

Source: google.com/get/zavers/

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Google announce the Doodle 4 Google 2013

Google is inviting K-12 students around the country to participate in Doodle 4 Google 2013 which is now open for submission. Last date for submission is March 22 2013.

The theme for this year is “My Best Day Ever…”

The winner will get a chance to work on the Google homepage for a day, also going to get  $30,000 college scholarship, and $50,000 technology grant for his/her school.

To participate, just visit the Doodle 4 Google site and download the form and you can send your doodle online with parents or guardian signature. You can only submit one doodle per student.

Award ceremony is going to be held in NewYork on May 22 and the national winner will be announce and his/her Doodle will appear on Homepage of Google following day.For more details, check out google.com/doodle4google, where you’ll find full contest rules and entry forms.

Source: googleblog.blogspot.in/2013/01/inviting-kids-to-dream-big-doodle-4.html

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