On behalf of the Local Guides team, I’m excited to share that we’ll be hosting another event this year for top community members!
For the past two years, we’ve held what we called the Local Guides Summit at Google in California.
This year, we’re changing things up a bit. Get ready for Connect Live 2018! It’s a new kind of event to honor our community’s diverse passions. Attendees will still have a chance to give feedback directly to Googlers. They’ll also get tips on topics like taking amazing photos, helping people with accessibility needs, and sharing discoveries.
As part of the change, we’re also being more inclusive this year when it comes to applications. All Local Guides level 5+ are eligible to apply for a spot. While attendance is limited to 150, we will have more opportunities than ever for Local Guides of all levels to feel like they’re a part of the excitement—before, during, and after Connect Live.
Ready to learn more? Keep reading!
So, no more Local Guides Summit?
That’s right. This year’s event will be just as big and exciting, but we’re calling it Connect Live to better represent one of the best parts of the original event: the chance for Local Guides to connect with one another in person and online.
When do applications close?
May 1, 2018 (April 30 at 11:59pm UTC)
What is your selection criteria?
Applications will be open only to Local Guides Level 5+ during the application period.
Applicants will be selected based on a number of factors including, but not limited to:
The submission of a complete application with the following requirements:
We’ll also be looking for:
What is the age requirement to apply for the event?
While participating in the Local Guides program requires a minimum age of 18 years, all Connect Live attendees must be at least 21 years old prior to the event. That is because 21 is the legal drinking age in the United States and alcohol will be present at some events.
What makes a good application video?
We’re looking for Local Guides to give us a glimpse into their personality to share why they are a Local Guide and why they want to attend this year’s event. You do not need to create a video with special effects or video treatments—just be yourself!
Will Local Guides who attended previous events be eligible to attend Connect Live 2018?
All applicants will be considered based on the factors listed above. Attending a previous event neither guarantees nor disqualifies a Local Guide from being eligible to attend Connect Live 2018.
How many people will be selected to attend this year’s event?
Will you watch every video?
Due to the volume of applications received, we will be prioritizing the review of applications based on a number of factors (outlined above). If you have a tracked link or views logged on your video, please note that the view count or tracked link usage may not be accurate and does not indicate the status of your application.
I don’t speak English, will you provide translation?
This event will be entirely in English. Attendees will need to confirm that they can communicate in English.
Do all application materials need to be submitted in English?
Yes. Connect Live will be hosted in English without translation services, so an understanding of English is a requirement to attend. In addition, all application materials should be submitted in English, including your Connect post, and the 60-second video.
Do you only choose one person per country?
No. We aim to invite a diverse audience of attendees who are enthusiastic about Google Maps and we do not have country-specific spots for Local Guides.
Where do I put my Connect post?
As with all posts on Connect, you should publish your post on the most relevant board. Boards include General Discussion, Travel and Advice, Let’s Meet-Up!, Share Your Photos and Discoveries, Photography, and Mapping Your World. The Connect post you include in your application should define you and/or your experience with Local Guides. The post must be written in English and can be something
new or previously published on Connect.
Will you pay for my travel?
Travel (flights & visas) and hotels will be arranged and paid for by Google, however, all visa costs must be first paid by selected attendees and they will receive a reimbursement. Meals will be covered by Google for the duration of the event. If selected, guests will be able to extend the trip at their own expense.
What happens after I submit an application?
You will receive an email within a week confirming that your application has been received.
When will the selected applicants be notified?
Selected applicants will be contacted privately by June 20, 2018.
Will I be told if I haven't been selected?
Yes. We will let you know by June 20 privately via email. Keep an eye out for future events and announcements by keeping in touch with Local Guides here on Connect, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Traveling to the United States became more difficult in past year; will my country of origin impact my ability to apply for or attend Connect Live?
Attendees will be selected to attend the event based on the criteria listed above and not on their country of origin. Google will be working with a third-party travel agency to navigate and expedite the visa application process, following all government laws. However, if you are selected and your visa application is denied, an alternative attendee will be selected to attend.
You can learn more about traveling to the United States by visiting travel.state.gov.