Monthly Archives: February, 2008

East Africa Google Gadget Competition


As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to innovation and technology, we are pleased to announce the East Africa Google Gadget Competition 2008. Through this competition, we aim to reward and encourage students in East Africa to envision, design, and develop gadgets that can impact consumers globally.

If you’re a student in East Africa, the Google Gadget Competition is your chance to participate in a technical competition and create a functioning application of your own design. You might build a calendar of school events, an interactive quiz, or anything you can dream up for a web page. If you’ve never taken a web design class, you can probably create a gadget in a few weeks.

Multiple prizes will be awarded based on the strength of the submitted gadgets. All entered students will be notified of the results of their gadget creation in August 2008.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates Must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or PhD program in 2007/2008
  • Be studying CS, Information Systems, ICT or have related technical skills
  • Be currently attending a university in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, or Burundi




My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.

Just in case yo don’t know how many planets there are,

My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris.



Maryn Smith, a 10-year-old fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary School in Great Falls, Mont., knows that there are 11 planets in the solar system. Inspired by a contest put on by the National Geographic Society, her class set about coming up with a mnemonic for the solar system’s 11 planets. You know, like “Roy G. Biv” for the colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet — or, for the Great Lakes, “Homes” (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior).

Maryn won the contest with her thoroughly excellent phrase:

My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants.


10 cool things about working at Google

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A nice read here:

10-insights from / cool things about / reasons for / delightful surprises from almost a year of working at Google:

# 10: The amazingly fantastic food and impressive digs.
# 9: “Micro Efficiencies”.
# 8: A company that truly cares.
# 7: Brain expansion opportunities.
# 6: The sheer amount of brilliant Google employees.
# 5: Empowerment (The big small company).
# 4: The scale of your impact.
# 3: Doing Good: Green & .org
# 2: It’s a happening place. The energy, the vibe, the passion.
# 1: The brand.