Importance of Natural Resources

Opening Talk – GDG Academy Summit

can hear me, correct? AUDIENCE: Yes. NAVEEN NIGAM: We were
having some mic issues, so I want to make sure
everyone can hear me clearly. Everyone seems fairly awake,
so I’m happy to see that. Yeah, this is great. Thank you. AUDIENCE: How are you? NAVEEN NIGAM: Thank
you very much. I am great. Thank you for asking, Dan. We’re super excited. We’re going to get
started now right away. Again, in the back,
can folks hear me? Kyle? Yes? No? AUDIENCE: Yeah. NAVEEN NIGAM: All right. Perfect. I’m not going to use a handheld. I’m not a fan of the handheld. So who am I? Naveen Nigam, head of developer
ecosystems for North America. Ultimately, all the
different ecosystem programs that we have that run in
North America, the team follows through on that, seeing
implementation, execution, whether we have to do
some funding sponsorship, and overall support. But this event is
really unique, and we’re super excited about it. It is the first time ever that
we’re doing a GDG Academy. And it is a direct
result of feedback we received in regards to– our GDG onboarding sucks. Period. And it was great feedback. Because at the end of the
day, we have to fix it. And feedback like that allows
us to address these issues. And ultimately,
what it was, was, hey, we do all this effort. We put in all this effort
to recruit GDG organizers. And then we say, here’s
the website, and go. And now, everyone’s on their
own trying to figure it out. And the unfortunate
part is that we were doing this when we have so
many resources available to GDG organizers. And so this event
is exactly that. It is intended to make sure
that if you are a new organizer, that we are here. You see who are your
resources, where can you go, who can you
talk to, and pick up the skills from people
who are well experienced in this area, folks
who’ve actually done this for a while, folks
who can say, you know what? These are common
challenges, and this is how we can help
you solve them, and really remove
some of the barrier to entry on that first
event, that second event. Now, that said, we
are doing this now. But a lot of you
have actually been organizers for a while now– six months to about a year. Our goal is to do
this every six months. And that way, we catch everyone
who just joined in the last six months. But that’s short-term goals. Our long-term goals is
actually more than that. And what that is
is, we actually have some sort of resource center. We actually have a good
place for everyone to go. As soon as you join, you have
access to all this information. We record all these talks. People can see all these talks. People know who are the
right folks to go to. So we’re really
iterating on this. And for that purpose, I want to
ask each and every one of you to please share
feedback on this event. This is the first
time we’re doing it. Let us know– this
information was really valuable, this information
wasn’t, what we missed, what we need to add more to. So let us know all of
that, because we’re really going to iterate on this. And we’re really relying
on everyone here. So I’ve always put this
slide at the beginning, because I feel it’s a little
bit more genuine to really say thank you to all of you. You know, it’s not in the end,
thank you for listening to me. It’s really, thank you
for what you all do. Let’s call a spade a spade. You all are volunteers. You’re doing this on top
of everything else you do– your job, your family. You take time away from
your family, your work, and everything to
help the community. It’s so inspiring to
see that all of you, as organizers, have
signed up to say, let’s help others around me. Let’s empower others around me. And for that, this
is why when we talk as a team of what
we do, we really say, we don’t do anything. It’s the organizers, it’s
people like yourselves that do everything. And we are super, super,
super appreciative of that. So genuinely, thank you. [APPLAUSE] Yes. That’s to all of you. AUDIENCE: Thanks for sponsoring. [LAUGHTER] NAVEEN NIGAM: Any time. To kick things off,
code of conduct. There were community guidelines
outside for photography outside as well. Make sure to read those. Code of conduct. It’s really simple. Be excellent to each other. We have a zero tolerance
for any sort of harassment. And that spans across
everyone, not just everyone in attendance– the Googlers, any of the staff
we have across all boards. So if there’s any issue,
please let us know. I’m going to be
showing who’s here, so you’ll see all
the different faces, whether it’s mentors, whether
it’s Googlers, everyone here, so you know who you
can reach out to. If you go to the link, there’s
definitely resources available for you too on how to reach out
to us if there are any issues. The way I’ve set up my
presentation and my talk today is really just
answer questions. I put up some question,
some really basic questions, to go through with
everyone, and then I’m just going to be answering that. So that’s literally
what I’m doing. I’m answering questions
today in front of everyone. So the first question– who’s here? Yes, everyone who’s
here, raise their hand. Thank you. There we go. [LAUGHTER] And so beyond that, we
have a bunch of Googlers. So we have six
Googlers are here. And I’m going to go to
the important people. Kubra. That is the one you
need to know, all right? [APPLAUSE] She’s in the back over there. She is our community manager
jedi, Jack-of-all-trades, everything. If you need questions
answered, if you want someone to actually respond to
your emails, she’s the one. [LAUGHTER] She is absolutely
amazing at that. So everyone here
should know her. You’ve been getting a lot
of emails from her already. She’s definitely a first point
of contact in everything. We also have Laura here, who is
representing Women Techmakers. Yeah. [APPLAUSE] There you go. Thank you. Thank you. And so for– AUDIENCE: Didn’t
try that last name? NAVEEN NIGAM: Sorry? AUDIENCE: Didn’t
try that last name? NAVEEN NIGAM: I’m sticking
first name basis for everyone. Everyone. [LAUGHTER] That’s how close
I am to everyone. [LAUGHTER] And so with Laura, as
a new GDG organizer, understanding the importance
of having a Women Techmaker ambassador as part of
your organizing team– if you have questions on
that, if you have questions about IWD, you have questions on
how we interact, GDGs and Women Techmakers and what
not, Laura is the person to talk to about that. We also have Madusha when we
talk about another program. And Medusha is out
in front right now. So he’s out in front. [APPLAUSE] But with Madusha, he runs our
GDE program in North America. So he works with the
GDEs very closely. And again, for new
organizers, it’s a very important relationship
that GDG organizers have with our GDEs,
Google Developer Experts. And if you want to
understand that, how do you connect, how do
you make that connection, how do you work
better with the GDEs, how do you get them to
speak at your events, please talk to Madusha about that. The other three,
Uttam, myself, Kyle, we are ultimately looking and
running overall North America. Uttam is actually
the global lead. He leads all community
programs globally. [APPLAUSE] And you’re going to be
hearing from Uttam, Kyle, and myself in just a bit. Kyle’s your regional
lead for North America. [APPLAUSE] A lot of you know him. And that’s it. Those are the important people. All right? [LAUGHTER] So we also have GDG mentors. So first and foremost,
can I have all the mentors please stand up? [APPLAUSE] All right. I cannot emphasize this enough. Hands down, the most important
resource GDG organizers have are your mentors. So once again, a big round
of applause for the mentors. Thank you so much. [APPLAUSE] Thank you. Now, I strongly urge everyone,
if you haven’t already– as part of the
onboarding email, we were introducing you
to your mentors– spend time with your mentors. Even if you don’t ask
them the questions, they’ll have answers
to those questions that you’re not asking. And that’s the beauty of it. They’ve done this. They are mentors because they
have been successful in running community events at scale. And they’ve actually gone
beyond just their community. They’ve actually been helping
many other communities as well. And that’s the beauty
of our mentors. They understand the
importance of that. They understand the challenges. And they’ve been asked these
questions many times before. How do I do this? I’m having so much
trouble getting a venue, getting sponsors, what not. They’ve been
experienced with that. They’ve been exposed to that. Please, please, please
reach out to them. To the point that, sometimes,
when questions are actually coming to Google, we actually
add the mentors back in, give a generic response. And we actually say,
the mentors can give you more details on this. And so again, see all these
beautiful faces up here. Make sure to reach out to them
and spend some time with them. And the rest. The new GDG organizers. We couldn’t list everyone,
put everyone’s pictures up, but we’re actually putting up
all the regions that are here. So once again, a huge
thank you from all of us for doing this and
being here today. AUDIENCE: [INAUDIBLE] NAVEEN NIGAM: That’s right. [APPLAUSE] Now, I did lie a
little bit when I said that I’m going to
be answering questions. Some cases, I’m not going
be the one answering them. I actually want to
reach out to all of you and have you answer
these questions. This is an example of that. Why be a GDG organizer? I’m sure a lot of
us are curious. Why have we decided to do this? Take time away from our family. Take time away from our work. Some case, risk our jobs
because of all the work we’re doing here. Why do this? So I’m actually going to
bring it back and say, is someone interested
in sharing why they decided to be a GDG organizer? If you put your hand up, we’re
going to get a mic to you. All right. Here we go. Start. Thank you for being
the first to volunteer. All right. AUDIENCE: [INAUDIBLE]
what motivated me was that [INAUDIBLE]. Like me and my
team, we [INAUDIBLE] community events which
were non-technical. And we felt we would
do more due diligence if we started working in
technology which aligns to our [INAUDIBLE] as well,
where we can do much more effective and efficient ways of
bringing other people onboard, especially [INAUDIBLE] One of those where
we found there was a huge demand
[INAUDIBLE] was [INAUDIBLE] And when I started to
think about it on my own, I found that there was a lot of
things that could be improved [INAUDIBLE],, which was
my first learning path. And then I thought
Google is going [INAUDIBLE] in terms of
moving and pushing them completely on cloud. So we said, being [INAUDIBLE]
and choosing a technical path to [INAUDIBLE],, you will
do your due diligence most. And it also aligns to
everything that you do as part of your
[INAUDIBLE] So it’s bringing together people. And look at this. We have people from
across America. A beautiful connection
has been made. And I don’t think this
is possible to any other [INAUDIBLE] meet
people from [INAUDIBLE] each of the states. So [INAUDIBLE], right. NAVEEN NIGAM: Awesome. AUDIENCE: Thank you for that. NAVEEN NIGAM: Love that answer. Made us look good too. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Anyone else? Anyone else want to share? Archie. There we go. AUDIENCE: HI. My name is Archie. I’m a GDG [INAUDIBLE] I’ve been
organizing five [INAUDIBLE] across Canada. And we also have a problem
to get Googlers [INAUDIBLE] And I thought this
is probably the way to connect Google [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGHTER] AUDIENCE: [INAUDIBLE] Thank you. NAVEEN NIGAM: Awesome. [APPLAUSE] I love it. One more. Anyone else? All right. Go ahead, Scott. AUDIENCE: I’m Scott
from Cleveland. I have a short– I’m Scott from Cleveland. [LAUGHTER] I’m looking around, and
I saw a lot of cities half our size that had
great active communities. And we had nothing. And that had to change. And the only way
it’s going to change is if someone gets off their
rear end and changes it. NAVEEN NIGAM: Love it. AUDIENCE: Word. NAVEEN NIGAM: Love it. [APPLAUSE] Thank you. Thank you to all three of you. The theme that I got
out of all of that is almost seeing a void. You saw a void, and
you decide to fill it. You decide to do
something about it. And that’s absolutely amazing. And you want to get connected
with Google speakers. So yes, we had that as well. But again, that means
there was a void there. And so if there was
a void on that front, we’re addressing that. And at the end of the day,
this void and everything we’re talking
about, it comes down to community and all of us. This is from GDG Miami,
when we had a North America summit in Miami. And it’s about everyone getting
together and working together and building for a community. And so if you haven’t noticed
already, the theme of my talk is “thank you.” So once again, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for being
a GDG organizer and recognizing why
you’re doing this. It’s for the community. Google recognizes that as well. And this is why
Google actually says, we don’t know communities. Our organizers know communities,
and we rely on our organizers to give us that insight. We decided to do
this in Boulder. We decided to go
somewhere we haven’t gone before as a program overall. And what we did was,
since we were coming here, we decided to go around, talk
to the organizers from the area, talk to other community
leads from the area, and get insight in what
makes Boulder unique. What makes Denver, what
makes Colorado unique? And so what you’ll see
is, as we do our events, we keep going to
different areas. It’s not always
going to be Miami. It’s not. Sorry. [LAUGHTER] It’s not. We’re going to try
changing it up, so we can actually bring
this sense of community, this sense of family, over to
other places in North America. And so you’ll see us
go around quite a bit. So you decided to
be a GDG organizer. You decided to make
it to the GDG Academy. What’s in it for you? What are you going to get today? And so this is where
I pitch the agenda. Can everyone see that? Yes. I’m sure. We’re going to start off
the morning with really talking about fundamentals. Uttam, Kyle, and myself
are going to be talking, and what we’re doing right
now is why we’re here. What are the expectations? What can you expect of yourself? What can you expect
from the community? How do you build a
actual membership group? How do you build a community
and make it sustain? And then we have one
more talk from a Googler, which is going to be
Kubra’s talk at the end. But everything else is actually
all our speakers are mentors, just to emphasize and highlight
the fact that our mentors are actually well aware of all
these challenges that we have. So when you look at
these talks, you’re seeing that these
are fundamental skill sets or fundamental
aspects of what you do on a regular
basis the mentors are going to be addressing. And that’s been the whole theme. So these are some of
the pillars to what we want to talk about today. But like I said
earlier, I really want to hear from everyone. Did this cover the
stuff that you needed? Did we need to go into some more
fundamental, more basics, more elementary content? Or did we need to
up-level it a bit? OK, you know what? If it’s only everyone who’s
been around for six months, they picked up a
lot of this stuff. What we really need is this. So please let us know. I get this question a lot. Why does Google do this? What’s in it for Google? We’re talking about
GDG organizers. And the first spiel– and then I’ll tell
you the reality– so first spiel, we do
it for the community. We do it for the community. We are aware that when
you have communities that are well-educated,
well-informed, well set up to know that there
is a safe place for them to go to actually share,
network, and learn, those communities thrive. And that is a reality. But then, as a company– OK, yes, where’s the
bottom line there? Like, you’re building
these communities. great. Where’s the bottom line? And I’m going to tell the truth. There is a vested interest
for Google, as a corporation, in doing this as well. And it’s quite straightforward. Feedback. We actually want feedback. And as we’re building out these
communities, as we’re saying, these communities
are great, please build them, let these
communities thrive, empower these communities,
we’re also saying, we’re pushing a lot of content. AR/VR, Cloud,
Flutter, TensorFlow, we’re pushing this content
out for you to actually share with the communities. When you’re using this
content, absolutely, you’re going to have a positive
experience in some instances, and a horrible experience. When that’s the
case, let us know. Our team, the developer
ecosystem team, is in a very unique position,
actually very unique to Google itself, that while
we’re a separate team– we’re not a product team– we have our hooks into every
single product group at Google. And what that means is when
you share feedback with us that, hey, we did
this cloud study jam, and no wonder
everyone’s using AWS. [LAUGHTER] And if we get that
feedback, that’s amazing feedback for us to
take back to the GCP team. And I can’t tell you
all the number of times that we’ve taken feedback
from the community, and it has directly
affected the product roadmap of a lot of our products. And that’s how powerful that is. So yes, when we talk about
building communities, we 100% stand behind that. But yes, the vested
interest is the feedback. And so throughout,
there’s surveys. There are even sending an email. When you get that
feedback, when you receive valuable feedback on any
products, whether it’s on our products, or even the
way we run our programs, let us know. That is our one biggest
ask out of all of you. Please let us know. That’s why we do it. So now, as we kind of
wrap up on my thing so I can get everyone
else talking instead, I really want everyone to
spend some time to figure out, what’s your goal? As a GDG organizer,
what’s your goal? We’ve said why we
decided to do this. Now what? What are you going to do
with this opportunity? Now that you’re a GDC
Organizer, what’s the plan? A few nuggets over here. Your goal equals
community goals. Sure. Or not. At some cases, it makes
sense that my goal is really, whatever the community needs,
I’m going to serve that. And so whatever the
community goals are, those are going to be my
goals as a GDG organizer. That’s completely fine. At the same sense, if your
goals are completely separate– my goal is to land a job,
and something like this is a great way to do that. Meet new people. I’m an introvert by heart. Setting myself up like this,
I’m building leadership skills. Purely vested interest
as well, that’s OK. The important thing is you
need to know what your goal is. You need to be
truthful to yourself. What are my goals here? And now let’s
build towards that. But one thing I will say. Whether your goals are about
yourself or whether it’s about your community,
the one thing you should always
have is you need to know what your
community wants. The reason why you are
in the position you are is because you’ve taken
an opportunity to be a leader in the
community, but also because you have
a pulse on what’s going on in the community. As Scott was mentioning,
I saw these groups everywhere else, but not here. That had to change. The people here
needed something. As we were hearing from
Toronto as well, as Ram was mentioning, that
there is a lot of people interested in cloud. There’s not enough supply of
information going out there. You need to understand
that from the community. So know that. When we talk about
goals, though, again– and I’m sure everyone’s
already heard this– SMART. Make your goals SMART. Anyone who’s not
sure about that– SMART, Specific, Measurable,
Actionable, Relevant, and Time-bounded. So don’t just say something
vague along the lines of, I want to address
the community needs. That’s great. That’s a good start. What are those needs? At what point in time are you
going to accomplish this by? And how are you going to
measure whether or not you’ve succeeded in
achieving this goal? Now, I’m not going to be
having a whole talk on how to set up goals, but I
am going to ask everyone to do something. And I’m going to
explain to you what we’re going to do with that
information a little later. And the first part of that
is you can have a goal– I love this quote– but if you don’t have a
plan, it’s daydreaming. And so please set up
your goal, and set up a plan that goes with it. So the ask is everyone grab
a phone, grab a laptop, grab a piece of paper,
write down your goal. I want to actually give
everyone five minutes. I know you may not have
it all figured out, but whatever your goal as an
organizer is, write that down. Maybe not five minutes,
because I’m running late. Let’s give it, maybe,
three to four minutes. And then I’m going
to explain what we’re going to do with that. So everyone– no
seriously, everyone grab your phone, grab paper,
laptop, whatnot, write down your goal. Think about it, and
write something down. If you don’t have it
completed, that’s OK. Continue writing it. Think about it. I know I’ve put
everyone on the spot too, because it’s a very
high-level, fundamental piece that we’re thinking of. What is my goal? Because now everyone is very
good at being tactical, getting things done, making it happen. But when you’re asked actually,
why are you doing this? What are you trying to achieve? It isn’t easy. And so I appreciate
everyone doing that. Here’s the twist to it. There are a lot of people
who don’t know everyone. I want everyone to use
this as an icebreaker. If you meet someone, or if you
see someone you don’t know– hi, my name is Naveen. What’s your goal
as a GDG organizer? Start off the
conversation that way. Start off the conversation
asking what the goal is. As we learn more about
other people’s goals, we may start tweaking ours. We may start understanding
the vested interest that everyone as
an individual has. I’m going to take
it one step further. Whenever we have a Q&A period,
there’s questions afterwards, if you stand up
to ask a question, you will first start by
saying, hi, my name is, and this is my goal. And then you can
ask your question. I’m asking all mentors
to apply that as well. If there are people
asking them questions, please ask them in return,
first, tell me your goal. Googlers are going
to do the same thing. As you talked to
Googlers, they’re going the first want to
know what your goal as a GDG organizer is. And then they will go ahead and
continue talking and answering questions. This is really
intentional for all of us to understand what
our goal is and learn from each other about
our respective goals. Now with that, thank
you once again. I’m, like I said, really
excited about all the content that we’re sharing
with everyone today. I’m really excited
about the feedback that we can get from everyone,
and how we improve this, and how we iterate on this. And please let us know,
whether it’s yesterday, whether it’s today, how
we set this program up, whether it’s your hotel,
your flights, all that stuff. Let us know how
that all works out. And enjoy. Please make this interactive. Ask questions. I should have said this
in the very beginning. If someone wanted
to interrupt me, feel free to interrupt
me and ask questions. It is about you. This program, this
entire day is dedicated to new GDG organizers. If we’re going down
the wrong track, and if we need to change
midway– it’s like, you know what? We’re going to stop
talking about this because folks are interested
in hearing about this instead– we will pivot. So please be vocal. And with that,
thank you very much. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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