On behalf of the Local Guides team, I am happy to announce the Local Guides Summit 2017, our second annual summit taking place in San Francisco, California this October.
Last year, we held our inaugural Local Guides Summit, selecting 75 applicants from 37 countries for two days of talks, workshops, breakout sessions and local exploration at Google offices in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Check out the recap video, recap post, and photos to experience what it was like for attendees.
This year we’re back, for a slightly bigger summit — we’re selecting 150 applicants — in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 10-12, 2017. We’ve taken into account the highlights and the learnings from last year and we are in full planning mode to make it an incredible experience for all. What’s more: we’re planning more video livestreaming, so even if you aren’t in attendance, you’ll be able to join in on the fun online. Follow along on all social media channels with the hashtag #LGSummit17.
Applications open on April 3. To apply to attend the Local Guides summit, you must be an active Local Guide Level 5 and submit an application that includes a 1-minute video. Successful applicants will be selected based on their application, active contributions to Google Maps and involvement in the Local Guides community (like being a moderator or meet-up host).
When do applications open for Local Guides Summit 2017?
When do applications close?
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 Summit?
While participating in the Local Guides program requires a minimum age of 18 years, all summit attendees must be at least 21 years old prior to the Summit. 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 summit. You do not need to create a video with special effects or video treatments, just be yourself!
Will the 75 Local Guides who attended the 2016 Local Guides Summit be eligible to attend the 2017 Local Guides Summit?
All applicants will be considered based on the factors listed above. Attending the 2016 Local Guides Summit neither guarantees nor disqualifies a Local Guide from being eligible to attend the 2017 summit.
How many people will be selected to attend the summit?
Due to the success of the 2016 Local Guides Summit, we’ve increased the number of selected applicants for this year’s summit to 150.
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?
The summit will be entirely in English. Attendees will need to confirm that they can communicate in English.
Will you pay for my travel?
Travel (flights & visas) and hotels will be arranged and paid for by Google. Meals will be covered by Google for the duration of the summit. If selected, guests will be able to extend the trip at their own expense.
What happens after I submit an application?
If selected, the Local Guides team will be notify you privately that you have been selected.
When will the selected applicants be notified?
Selected applicants will be contacted privately by May 19.
Will I be told if I haven't been selected?
If you haven’t heard from us by May 19, you weren’t selected for the Local Guides summit this year. Keep an eye out for future events and announcements by keeping in touch with Local Guides on Connect, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Traveling to the United States became more difficult in 2017; will my country of origin impact my ability to apply for or attend the Local Guides Summit?
Attendees will be selected to attend the summit 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 https://travel.state.gov.