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Music from the heart, with an AI assist

The next time you hear a popular song on the radio, listen to the beat behind the lyrics. Usually, a high-powered production team came up with it—but in the future, that beat could be created with help from artificial intelligence. That’s what Googler MJ Jacob predicts, as he combines his job as an engineer with his love for writing and performing rap music. Usually based in Google’s offices in New York City, MJ is working from his Manhattan apartment these days as a customer engineer for Google...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Virginia, Manhattan, Ai, Googlers, MJ, Passion Projects, Brandon Tory, Megan Friedman, Googler MJ Jacob, New York City MJ, Magenta Google


Meet the Googlers breaking down language barriers for migrants

Googler Ariel Koren was at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018 when more than 7,000 people from Central America were arriving in the area. Ariel, who speaks nine languages, was there serving as an interpreter for asylum seekers fighting their cases.  Ariel, who leads Marketing for Google for Education in Latin America, knew language skills would continue to be an essential resource for migrants and refugees. She decided to team up with fellow Googler Fernanda Montes de Oca, who is also multilingual a...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, Ariel, Central America, Latin America, Googlers, Volunteers, Southern Mexico, Fernanda, Passion Projects, Respond, Ariel Koren, Christin Parcerisa, Marketing for Google for Education, Fernanda Montes de Oca, Google for Education Ecosystems


This Googler isn’t afraid to swim with the sharks

As a 12-year-old on a family snorkeling trip, Fabiana Fregonesi was surrounded by fish when the boat owner threw food into the water. “All the fish came at me and they were in such a frenzy that I was terrified. After that I was so afraid that I couldn’t swim without having someone holding my hand,” she says. Today, Fabiana is the Head of Digital Agency for Google Customer Solutions in the Sao Paulo office. During the weekends and holidays, though, she’s an underwater photographer—and a prestigi...
Tags: Australia, Brazil, Bahamas, Sao Paulo, Fabiana, Passion Projects, Christin Parcerisa, Fabiana Fregonesi, Digital Agency for Google Customer Solutions, Galapagos While, Fabiana Fabiana Fregonesi, Carlos Grillo


Googlers get creative while working from home

When the going gets tough, the tough bake sourdough bread. Or take up knitting. Or just really get into a new video game. In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic left many of us working from home and social distancing cut down on our calendars, we’ve had plenty of time to pick up a few new hobbies here and there. Others have spent time figuring out how to adapt their passions to the inside of their homes. And that’s the case for Googlers, too, who are still playing in orchestras and working on...
Tags: Google, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Googlers, Adam, Sunnyvale California, Palo Alto California, Jason Scott, Real Estate and Workplace Services, Passion Projects, Megan Friedman, Life at Google, Googler Orchestra, Googler Virtual Orchestra, Colton Provias


How sweet it is! This Googler carves fruit into art

During work hours, Leonard Ko collaborates with teams of engineers on Pixel phones. But he’s also known for a unique talent outside of tech: creating intricate sculptures out of fruit. It turns out fruit is just the latest medium for Leonard, who has been creating art for decades—and only recently decided to make his art edible.  Leonard Ko in his kitchen. Leonard has always been interested in expressing himself through art, and first worked on traditional Chinese paintings and oil pa...
Tags: Googlers, Leonard, Passion Projects, Megan Friedman, Leonard Ko


This Googler is crocheting a royal dynasty

In recent months, many of us have been taking up eclectic new hobbies while stuck at home. But Danish Googler Christine Sørensen didn’t need social distancing to inspire her unusual passion project: She was already well on her way to crocheting all 54 monarchs in Denmark’s history. We spoke with her to learn what inspired her, and how it’s had some unexpected intersections with her day job. Christine's first crochet project, Queen Margrethe I What’s your role at Google?I work in the G...
Tags: Google, New York, Instagram, Denmark, Estonia, Copenhagen, Leia, Oslo, Northern Europe, Christine, Margrethe, National Museum of Denmark, Chelsea Market, Helle Thorning Schmidt, Passion Projects, Google in Europe


Family and history inspired this Googler’s photo series

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Passion Projects, a series where we highlight Googler’s unexpected, fascinating and often inspiring interests outside of the office. In our latest installment, we’re focusing on a recent project Sarah Torney, a Googler from the Chrome Enterprise product marketing team, put together during her time sheltering at home in San Francisco. Over to Sarah...I’m a fifth-generation San Franciscan and fourteenth-generation American. Recently, to fill my time as I shelter in place,...
Tags: California, Sacramento, Kodak, San Francisco, Stockton, Edward, Sarah, Googlers, McAllister, Sutter, Kearney, Embarcadero, East Street, Premo, Passion Projects, Chrome enterprise


In Mexico, one Googler gives girls their "tümü" moment

When a butterfly comes out of its cocoon, it uses the most fragile part of its body—its wings— to break free. In the Otomi dialect, which is spoken in the central region of Mexico, this magical moment is called Tümü. So when Paoloa Escalante and her co-founder decided to create an organization to help support young women, they decided that Tümü was a fitting name for it.  “The idea was to create content that promotes determination, self-esteem and assertiveness during a moment in girls’ lives th...
Tags: Mexico, Zoo, Mexico City, Googlers, IMG, Paola, Passion Projects, Google Mexico, Alyssa Carson, Christin Parcerisa, Paoloa Escalante, Tümü, Paola Escalante, Zarina Rivera, Tümü co, Zarina Rivera Tümü


How one Googler creates more than music at Carnival

While many Brazilians grow up celebrating Carnival, this wasn’t true for Christiane Silva Pinto. It wasn’t until college when she joined her first bateria that it became an incredibly important tradition to her. “When I was playing in college, I loved the music and practicing with the band, but I also loved that I got to know more about that culture I hadn’t been in touch with when I was a kid,” says Christiane, who played the drums in her college bateria, which is a Brazilian percussion band. “...
Tags: Google, Pink Floyd, Brazil, Carnival, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil, CHRISTIANE, Passion Projects, Christin Parcerisa, Christiane Silva Pinto


A Googler's illustrated guide to teamwork

Ah, team projects. They spark dread in the hearts of middle schoolers and business professionals alike. But Googler Stephen Gay, a manager on the Ads User Experience team, says teamwork doesn’t have to be so hard. Stephen recently published “Why Always Wins: A Graphic Resource About Leading Teams,” a graphic novel focused on effective leadership. In the conversation below, Stephen talks about writing the book and reveals a few tips for leading high-performing teams.Where did the idea to create a...
Tags: Google, Stephen, Googlers, Passion Projects, Working at Google, Work Smarter, Aryn Sanderson, Stephen Gay


"Clapping back" at racial stereotypes in a new book

Elijah Lawal just published his first book, but he’s been writing since he was 10 years old. Back when he was a kid, he wrote a story about a boy who ran away from home—and eventually became the president of Panama. His new book, published in the U.K. earlier this year, has very little to do with his imaginative works of little-kid fiction, but it came from a similar refusal to accept things the way they are. Elijah, who works in communications in Google’s London office, just wrote “The Clapback...
Tags: Google, London, Panama, Googlers, Elijah, Passion Projects, Elijah Lawal, Google in Europe, Katie Malczyk


How car-loving Googlers turned a “lemon” into lemonade

This April, Googlers Peter McDade and Clay McCauley spent an entire day trying to keep a $300 car running. No, they weren’t stuck on a nightmare of a road trip. They were competing in the 24 Hours of Lemons race, the culmination of eight months of blood, sweat and tears—and a whole lot of grease.Peter and Clay work at a Google data center in Moncks Corner, S.C., located about 20 miles from Charleston. Like many Googlers, the two find joy in taking things apart and putting them back together to s...
Tags: Googlers, Passion Projects


From kids' music to the tech world, without missing a beat

Matan Ariel’s young nieces and nephew live on the other side of the world, but they keep up with their uncle thanks to his music—and thanks to Google, too. Though they live in Israel and he lives in New York, the three kids love to ask the Google Assistant to play his songs, which have gone double platinum in their country.Matan, or “Uncle Matani” as they call him, works in sales in Google’s New York office. But he also has another love, children’s music, which brought him a level of success he ...
Tags: Google, New York, Israel, Tel Aviv, Googlers, Passion Projects, Matan, Matan Ariel, Matan Ariel Friends, Uncle Matani


An ultramarathoner running so others can “rise”

Editor’s note: Passion Projects is a new Keyword series highlighting Googlers with unexpected interests outside the office.If you had asked Zanele Hlatshwayo several years ago if she’d ever go on a run for 10 days straight, she’d probably laugh. But these days, that’s exactly what she’s training for—and she changed her mind about running for a deeply personal reason.Zanele, an ad sales specialist based in Google’s Johannesburg office, turned to running to cope after a tragedy in her family. In 2...
Tags: Google, South Africa, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Googlers, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Zanele, Passion Projects, Zanele Hlatshwayo, South Africa Zanele, Ocal Global Journey for Change, Anxiety Group


Living the "multidream" by blending coding with a rap career

Editor’s note: Passion Projects is a new Keyword series highlighting Googlers with unexpected interests outside the office.At Google’s offices in Los Angeles, Brandon Tory spends his days working in artificial intelligence, training computer models to better understand how humans use language—why we use certain words, or describe things in a particular way. Once he leaves the office, he’s crafting language in a different style: by writing and recording hip-hop music. Through his two passions, To...
Tags: Google, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Mit, Timbaland, Tory, Jay, Googlers, Passion Projects, Brockton Massachusetts, Brandon Tory, Hollywood Tory


Lady Gaga Reportedly Joins Bradley Cooper's Remake of the Remake of the Remake of A Star Is Born

There’s something you might not know about Bradley Cooper. OK, there are probably several things you might not know about Bradley Cooper, but let’s focus on this one for now. You see, Braddy Boy really wants to make a remake of the remake of the remake of A Star Is Born. It’s been one of the most well-reported vanity projects of the past few years, primarily because of the woman he wanted to have the lead: Beyoncé Knowles.Read more...
Tags: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles, Knowles, A Star is Born, Passion Projects


Musicbed Film Initiative Brings Passion Projects to Life

Our friends at Musicbed are inviting you to submit your passion project to their Musicbed Film Initiative which just launched.  You could end up walking away with a chunk of the $50,000 they’re offering! So, what’s a music company doing trying to help you make a film? Well, it maybe obvious to most of you, some of you may not realize just how important the music is to your project. I’ve said it before, picking music is dang hard. I am constantly watching TV or Films and I’m listening to the soun...
Tags: Video, Sony, Vendors, Musicbed, Film Grant, Musicbed Film Initiative, Passion Projects