Google Brings Cloud Technology to Students for Free

Many companies, such as Samsung, are doing their best to get more involved in the cloud services space.

Google, however, is out in front of the pack. While some see this company as nothing more than a search engine, those with advanced knowledge realize that it goes well beyond that.

According to a recent blog post by Alison Wagonfeld, Vice President of Marketing, Google Cloud & Google for Education, the company is happy to announce the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants program for computer science faculty and students.

As of June 21, 2016, faculty in the United States who teach computer science courses can apply for free credits, which can then be passed along to students. These credits provide access to a variety of Google Platform tools, many of which have come to be known as the best in the industry.

Google has high hopes for the program, believing that it can help students reach their full potential, both while in school and when they enter the job market.

Some of the many tools students will be able to access include:

  • Cloud Machine Learning
  • Cloud Vision API
  • Google BigQuery
  • Google App Engine

All of these tools offer something special, with Google noting that they “are unique among cloud providers.”

For example, the use of Cloud Vision API gives computer science students the opportunity to implement state-of-the-art image recognition capabilities into the development of a mobile apple website.

With grants available for use anytime during the 2016-17 academic year, computer science faculty are beginning to apply in great numbers. While the program is only available in the United States for the upcoming academic year, Google hopes to expand it to other parts of the world in the near future.

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