What is Google Earth Outreach?
Google Earth Outreach is a program that helps provide non-profits and public benefit organizations with the knowledge and resources they need to visualize their cause and tell their story in Google Earth and Maps. The online program consists of a map showcasemapping tutorials, a software grants program, and other resources for non-profits. This short video is a great introduction to the program.

What is Tides Canada?
Tides Canada is the country’s largest public foundation dedicated to the environment and social justice. Every year, we support, convene or directly fund hundreds of initiatives, from neighbourhood-scale social programs to national conservation efforts. In addition, having pioneered a shared governance and administrative platform to support initiatives and collaborations that advance our mission, our operating charity is home to 40 of Canada’s leading social change projects.

Non-partisan and national in scope, Tides Canada understands that creating outcomes that work for people and the planet is complex and involves reconciling divergent viewpoints. That’s why we work to bring diverse – and often competing – stakeholders together to build practical and durable solutions to tough problems.

When is the workshop?
The workshop will be held on September 26-28, 2011. The workshop will run from roughly 8:30am to 5pm on each day.

Which costs are covered as part of the workshop, and what are participants expected to pay on their own?
The workshop training and materials are provided free to participants, as well as the meals of breakfast and lunch, September 26-28. The participants cover the cost of any travel to and during the workshop, such as airfare, hotel accommodations, etc.

What can I expect at a Google Earth Outreach workshop?
The workshop will teach highly practical tools your organization can use to improve operations and create compelling visualizations of your work. It will also train attendees how to train others within their organization and the greater community. The workshop sessions will provide hands-on training with Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Fusion Tables, and a suite of other applications that are user-friendly and free. The workshop also provides a chance for nonprofit professionals to network and discuss common issues and challenges. See here and here for descriptions of past Google Earth Outreach workshops. 

Is there an agenda? What will be covered?
We plan to cover a variety of Google mapping technologies. See our Agenda page for more info. 

Can anyone attend the workshop? How much does it cost? 
The workshop is designed for nonprofit technology specialists and limited to 60 participants who are selected through Google's application process. Workshop attendance is free, pending approval of your application. Please note space will be very limited -- we cannot accept any walk-in, drop-in, or unconfirmed participants.

In what languages will the training be given?
Regretfully, we can only offer the training in English at this time. If you are a French language speaker, please check out the French language resources on our website.

I'm not able to attend this workshop. Will there be future opportunities in Canada?
For information on future workshops and opportunities, sign up for the Google Earth Outreach newsletter.

Application Process

What are the important dates I should remember as an applicant?
August 5, 2011: Application Deadline
August 19, 2011: All applicants will be notified of their application status via email on or before this date. 

What are the requirements for workshop participants? What qualities or skills will be given preference during the application review by Google?
The workshop is intended for nonprofit technology specialists. Ideal participants will meet one or more of the following requirements:
  • 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
How many applicants will be accepted?
60 applicants will be accepted to participate in the workshop.

Can more than one individual from the same organization apply?
Yes, but no more than 2 individuals from any given organization will be selected to attend, because of limited space.

Travel and Logistics

Where is the workshop being held? How do I get there?
The workshop will be held at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Public Dialogue at 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC. See our Location & Directions page for more info on the location.

Where can I park?
Parking info can be found on the Location & Directions page.

What hotel is recommended for out-of-town participants?
Recommendations for nearby hotels can be found on the Accommodations page.

Will any meals be provided to participants?
Breakfast and lunch on all 3 days will be provided to participants free of charge.