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Countdown to Connect Live: Let’s look back

Google Administrator

With just 21 days until Connect Live, I thought it would be fun to look back at our previous events for new members of our community or those excited to relive past years.

 

Before I share some of my favorite memories, it’s important to start with what Connect Live is: it’s a global event to bring together and celebrate top contributors from our Local Guides community. While attendees represent all kinds of backgrounds and interests, each attendee was selected from thousands of applications, is Level 5+ on Google Maps, and is active in the Local Guides program. Being active in the Local Guides program can include contributing regularly on Google Maps, being active in their local areas by hosting meet-ups, or being extra helpful right here on Connect.

 

lgsummit16.jpgCaption: A photo of a group of Local Guides on a giant chair smiling and gesturing at the camera during the Local Guides Summit in 2016.

 In 2016, we held our first-ever Local Guides Summit with 75 Local Guides from 37 different countries.

 

The clear highlight from this year was that it was our first-ever global event. The energy in the room that first evening of our Welcome Reception was palpable; Local Guides were hyped and if you thought that energy went down throughout the Summit, you’d be wrong! Alumni from this event still talk daily via Google Hangouts and affectionately call themselves “The 75.”


Take a look back by checking out #lgsummit16 on social media or by viewing our official event album.

 

lgsummit17.JPGCaption: A group photo of the Local Guides Summit 2017 attendees holding up flags and signs from their home countries.

In 2017, we hosted our second Local Guides Summit (#lgsummit17) with 151 Local Guides from 50 different countries.

 

One of my favorite things about this event was that we had an opportunity to give attendees more free time to explore San Francisco before our closing party. This meant Local Guides explored the Presidio or San Francisco on their own with a trusty BART pass. Attendees have nicknamed the 2017 event the “Best Summit Ever.”

 

Take a look back by checking out #lgsummit17 on social media or by viewing our official event album or recap video on YouTube. Watching it still gives me chills!

 

 

This year, we’re expecting 151 attendees from 59 different countries. This event will be different than ever before, and programming will offer even more opportunities for Local Guides to connect with one another, and the Googlers who work on their favorite features. That’s why we’re calling it Connect Live.


I don’t want to share too much but we have a lot of exciting things planned for this year’s event  both for attendees and those of you following along at home, so be sure to keep an eye right here on Connect as well as on social media using #localguidesconnect. There are 151 folks who are pumped to share their experiences with you, as well as 60+ Googlers who will be sharing their memories (including me, of course!).

177 Comments
Level 9

Wow that's great news @TraciC

I hope connect live 2018 will be a great event. 

Congratulations to all selected local guides .

 

Thumbsup for you.

 

Level 9

Congratulations again to all the selected participants, i wish to join this mega event in upcoming years.  

Level 9

Thanks @TraciC

For sharing canca wait to see you with the world's top local guides

Cheers

Saudi local guide 🇸🇦

Level 6

Wow great news for local guides congratulations for selected candidate

Level 9

 yes just 3 week then again meet with you and my all other friends 

Connect Moderator

Congrats to all selected Local Guides and make it the best Connect Live summit ever again! :-) 

Level 7

Special thanks to local guides team and google . Also to @TraciC

Congratulations to all attendees .

Hopefully we also get the opportunity to join next year event.

Thanks for introducing this program to the world!! Google's greatest social success (IMHO) is surprisingly it's most unscripted! And I honestly believe that's all down to the amazing community managers that work their tooshies off to follow their guiding principles in creating an accessible space for everyone!! 😎 All the best to all involved/participating in CL2018!! 

This post inspired me to contribute more for google platform maps,street vie,connect etc and hope get select coming year, 

thanks for sharing @TraciC and congratulations to all the selected local guide for local guide summit 2018 and keep sharing love.

Level 10

Thanks @TraciC

I'm excited to see this worldwide Meetup of local guide.

ImI proud to be part of this program.

;-)

Level 8

Hearty congratulations 151 attendees those who are attending this year local guide summit ,,Thank you @TraciC sharing with us...

Level 10

Can't wait to see how great will be this event and how much fun you will have! :)

You are great and lucky guys! :)

Level 9

Reading this post gave me the chills, @TraciC! From following the 2016 Summit, to being a part of the 2017 Summit, and now, being able to represent my city/country at this year's Connect Live in 3 or so weeks - I am beyond hyped to see what's in store from you and your awesome team, and looking forward to meeting new and old friends and hearing more about what they've got to share and teach as well. I absolutely love this program!

Level 10

Congrats and best wishes to all the participants and google team

Level 9

I'm so excited for everyone going! It sounds like a lot of fun. I'll be following along through Connect, I hope to see many posts about it ☺️

Thank you for sharing, @TraciC, and thank you and everyone else who helped organize it.

Level 7

Very happy to see all selected candidates Congratulations to those who are going to attend this wonderful event and hoping for the best for each and every single person.

Level 8

This is awesome news @TraciC 

 

It was nice expeierince to attend in previous two summits. I am happy that you know how we, the 75 LGsummit16 attendees share our chat via HO. :-) 

 

My best wishes to you & all from India. Have a great #Connectlive2018 

Google Administrator

I loved reading everyone's comments, as always.

 

P.S. @DrShaunak The official hashtag for this event is #localguidesconnect. We're not using anything else other than #localguidesconnect and #localguides for the event. :) 

Level 7
Participating in the Live Connect must be an unforgettable experience, I had many wishes to be able to attend but it was not possible on this occasion.
Level 9

Wow, great news for all of us. I can't wait to know the exciting things and also to see all selected Local Guides in one place. Congratulations to all Local Guides who are being selected for this event.

What do you think about this great event? @PavelSarwar @ShafiulB @Kamalhasnainee @MOmarF @SumaiyaZafrinC 

Anyway, @TraciC thanks for sharing this great announcement with us.

Level 6

Amazing! Congrats on the chosen participants. Be proud! You will be representing your country too.

 

Level 8

Hi @TraciC I wish you all a safe journey and I hope you all have an enjoyable and successful Local Guides Summit . 🎇🎆🎇🎉🎊🎈

Level 9

Exceptional and allow all contributors for a get together plz.

Level 9

Nice plz arrange a get together of contributors.

Level 10

Thank you for a nice introduction @TraciC

We are very pleased to meet the top Local Guide that has accumulated cutting-edge achievements!
The active exchange has already begun in the dedicated community.

I would like to share this exciting experience and hope for new participants from next year!

Level 8

I'm so glad to be part of this 3yrs attendee! Congrats for those who were selected! For other Local Guides friends, keep your great community passions on, I hope someday you will be there, at the Summit!!!

 

Can't wait to meet the 151 Connect Live friends plus 60+ Goolgers!

Level 6

Sounds amazing. One day hope to be at the summit.

Level 9

Thanks for sharing your excitement with us @TraciC :)

Hope you guys will have a great event this year too, best of luck for all those who get selected & going to travel.
Do share with tons of pictures & videos here on connect.

Level 10

Hi, @TraciC

This was great successful event and hope live 2018 will be like more successful and congrats all participants to enjoy this celebration of Google Maps second Birthday.

Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Level 6

La vida se cuenta por momentos , gran experiencia de vida que dan la oportunidad de vivir con personas que no se piensa pueda uno coincidir en esta ni en otra vida. Felicidades por este evento.

Level 4

when I heard about connect live so I'm very happy and excited.......

Congrats these people who selected local guides to help other people.

I hope so everything I'll on right way..

And specially thanks to google community!

Level 10

What an excitement! I will follow along from home and can't wait to hear update coming from the event. 

Level 10

Congratulations for all selected candidates

Level 8

@TraciC That is one perfectly worded wrap-up of the past 2 events and a tantalizing snippet of the upcoming CL18 event. Can't wait!!

 

Congratulations to everyone who got selected. This is going to be EPIC!!

Level 7

congratulations to all 

Level 8

yayy!!!

I am getting super excited @TraciC and that's because of two reasons

  1. To meet with 151 great guys from around the world as well as those 60+ Googlers. I know its going to be a lifetime event for me and hopefully for everyone (both at the event as well as at home)
  2. That 'a lot' in bold means there is going to be a lot there. Looking back at '16 & '17 event albums I already feel great that I have been given a chance to be at this years event to experience all those great things. the added 'a lot' is surely going to be something big.

Really want these 21 days to just fly :)

Level 8

Congrats to all selected Local guides.

I know connect live will be great!

Level 7

Congratulations @TraciC and all the best!

Connect Moderator

Can't wait to see what is in store for us this year at Connect Live 18!! 

Thanks for bringing these memories back up Traci, great times! :)

Level 3

congratulations to all the selected candidates

Level 9

@TraciC this post made me soooo happy! I can't wait to be there and experience CL with everyone!

Level 8

one year is gone already? can't belive it.. :)

Level 10

I can't wait to experience a lot of exciting things that's been planned for this year’s  Connect Live event. Thanks a million @TraciC for putting us in the mood - in advance of the D-day.

 

SNAP_0171.jpgLGSummit17 - #BestSummitEver

Level 9

Hello @TraciC

I hope it will be a fantastic event, the selected attendees will enjoy a lot...

Congrtas to all 151 selected GLGs.

Level 8

@TraciC Sounds like a blast. Can't wait to see you and everyone else there! So few days left. I'm so excited

Level 8
Very exciting :-)
Level 9

Exceptional value for Google maps revolution.

Yes of course, thanks a lot ma'am @TraciC I can't wait to meet all of our friends who are coming from around the world.