What is Google Earth Engine?

Google Earth Engine brings together petabytes of Earth observation data — trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years — along with tools for accessing and analyzing these data using Google's cloud infrastructure. Earth Engine is available online for scientists, independent researchers, and nations who want to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth's surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, measuring water availability, and calculating the impacts of natural disasters.

When is the Google Earth Engine Mini Summit 2018 in Tokyo?

The summit will be held on March 15 – 16, 2018 and will run from 9:30am to 7:00pm on each day.

Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will be held at Google Japan Office @ Roppongi Hills, Minato-ku, Japan. Please see our Location page for more info.

How many applicants will be accepted?

50 applicants will be accepted to participate in the workshop.

Which costs are covered by the organizer, and what are participants expected to pay on their own?

The training, drinks, and light meals provided during the workshop are free to participants. The participants need to cover the cost of any travel to the workshop venue and accommodations fee if necessary.

In what languages will the training be given?

The training will be conducted in English.

What can I expect at the workshop?

The workshop will teach highly practical tools which organizations can use to collect, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud. The workshop also provides a chance for participants to network, discuss common issues and challenges.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a laptop, and a charger as this is a hands-on workshop on Earth Engine. Wifi service will be provided.

Can I apply to attend if I've attended a Google mapping workshop in the past?

Yes, absolutely - Google's technology is constantly improving, and if you're actively using these tools in your coursework or research, we want you to know about the latest developments! However, you will be reviewed along with all of this event's applicants, and are not necessarily guaranteed a spot in the workshop.

Will any meals be provided to participants?

Lunch on all 2 days will be provided to participants free of charge; light meals and snacks will be provided during mingle time. If you require gluten-free or other specific needs, let us know before the workshop via application form or plan to bring supplemental snacks.

Where can I learn more about the Earth Engine and Earth Outreach teams?

Please refer to our websites (Earth Engine / Earth Outreach). 

How can I learn about future events and get updates on the progress of the Google teams?

For information on future workshops and opportunities, please join our mailing list and we will email you as future events are scheduled. If you are only interested in updates on Google Earth Engine, please sign up for the Earth Engine announcement mailing list. You can also follow us on Twitter @googleearth and on Facebook.

Application Process

How can I apply for the workshop?

Please apply for the workshop by filling out the form by Friday, January 26. If applicants exceeds the capacity, we will conduct a screening. Participants will be notified via E-mail by Feburary 6.

What are the important dates I should remember as an applicant?

An application due is on Friday, January 26. Participants will be notified via E-email by Feburary 6. 

What are the requirements for workshop participants?

This workshop is intended for the specialists, researchers, instructors and students in the field of mapping and remote sensing. Ideal participants will meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Are currently working on geospatial projects (of their own or with students/collaborators), or have datasets they want to map and analyze.
  • Have used Earth Engine in the past and want to share your knowledge and learn more.
  • Have knowledge of Earth Engine and intend to train others within their institutions.
  • Have intermediate-to-advanced technical experience of GIS or remote sensing/image analysis experience.
Can more than one individual from the same organization apply?

Yes, you can. However, because of limited space we will make selections based on the qualities or skills listed above.

Travel and Logistics

Where is the workshop being held? How do I get there?

The workshop will be held at Google Office in Minato, Japan. See our Location page for more info on the location.

Where can I park?

Parking info can be found on the Location page.

Contact Us

If you have a question about the workshop not answered in this FAQ, please email