February 24, 2012

Four new Indian languages on YouTube: Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu

[Cross-posted from The Youtube Blog]

YouTube opened its doors in India in May 2008, and since then we’ve been working to make YouTube accessible for the entire Indian population — and its 30 regional languages. Beyond Hindi and English, we’ve added Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, and Tamil over the years, and today we’re welcoming four more to YouTube.

Now you can navigate the site in Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu, which are spoken by almost 200 million Indians. This also brings the total of available languages on YouTube to 58.

For Telugu, we have more than 100 films of Tollywood cinema, as well as partners like vegetarian cooking channel Gayatrivantillu who make videos for the web and have a growing global audience. For Kannada, Shemaroo Kannada and Anand Audio bring you music, drama, comedy and more to your homepage guide. Fans of Malayalam cinema should check out channels like Metro Matinee Videos and Hungama Malayalam. When it comes to news, YouTube’s partners like TV 9 provide news in both Kannada and Gujarati, and TheTimesKerala offers clips in Malayalam.


We hope this helps even more of you enjoy channels on YouTube in your native language, as we work to make the site accessible around the world.

Posted by Aditi Rajwanshi, YouTube India partner manager, recently watched "Chutney for Idli, Dosa, Upma, Vada etc."

February 22, 2012

From snowflakes to surfactants: meet the YouTube Space Lab regional winners

At the end of January, we invited you to choose your favorite YouTube Space Lab experiment ideas from sixty finalist teams, and today we have our winners! More than 100,000 of you cast your votes that combined with the scores from our panel of judges to decide the regional winners for the final stage of the competition.

Here at Google India, we’re particularly happy to announce that the Asia Pacific regional winner in the 17-18 category is Sachin Kukke from Bangalore. His experiment focuses on the thermal conductivity of ferrofluids (aka liquid magnets).

Find out the other winners below, and of course, you can meet them all on the Space Lab Channel.

14 - 16 year old regional winning teams:

17 - 18 year old regional winning teams:

The six regional winning teams will travel to Washington, D.C., where we’ll announce the two global winners (one team from each age group). These two winners will have their experiments performed 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube as part of a global event celebrating science and space. While in Washington, all the teams will take part in a series of activities to honor their achievements, including the opportunity to experience weightlessness on a ZERO-G flight.

Space Lab invited budding scientists to submit a YouTube video describing an idea for an experiment that could be carried out aboard the ISS. The channel, which serves as a launch pad for discovering great space and science videos on YouTube, has received more than 50 million views worldwide throughout the course of the competition. This week we’re uploading interviews with the winners in their hometowns, so subscribe to the channel to keep up to date with all the latest from here on Earth!

February 1, 2012

Introducing the Women Entrepreneurs on the Web Initiative

At Google, we strive to build programs for each of our markets that enable our users to further their businesses with the help of technology and the online medium. Everywhere Google operates, we are thinking about how to best support diversity and inclusion in a way that is both locally relevant and globally impactful. We’re very excited to announce the launch of the Women Entrepreneurs on the Web (WEOW) program in India, as a targeted business diversity program for women entrepreneurs.

When we came up with this idea, we started by speaking to a large number of women entrepreneurs across various demographics and with organisations that work with women entrepreneurs. We soon realised that they were true entrepreneurs and clearly not afraid to try new things, yet many were unaware of various products that can be used to leverage the full potential of the internet including some Google products and services, such as Google+, AdWords and Apps for Enterprise. In fact, many of them didn’t even have an online presence. This led us to crystallising the idea into a program to increase the reach of technology with this community. The large number of women entrepreneurs in India made it a natural decision for us to pilot this initiative here.

The Women Entrepreneurs on the Web Program aims to help women-owned businesses grow their online presence. The program will provide women entrepreneurs support on using various web-based technologies in their day to day business while increasing their outreach to their customer base. The program is a 5 circle approach designed specially to cater to women entrepreneurs with varied degrees of online presence and expertise. The program starts with building an online presence and moves towards collaborating effectively, connecting with customers, promoting their organisations to then tracking and optimising their online presence. We believe that entrepreneurs will be at varied stages and can enter this program through any of these circles.

As part of our launch event at Google Hyderabad, Yolanda Mangolini, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Google, spent time with 30 women entrepreneurs from from various national organisations like FIWE, COWE, TIE. During this meet, she highlighted the initiatives taken by Google for empowering women and how Google aspires to build an organisation that reflects the globally diverse audience.

Diversity has a long history at Google, starting with our founders and original employees who knew it was the right way to build the company. This program is a great addition to our other successful programs in India targeted for women, like the Google Anita Borg India Memorial Scholarships, Grace Hopper Celebrations and several outreach programs run by the Women@Google employee group.

For updates on WEOW India, go to our website (www.womenentrepreneursontheweb.com), check out our Youtube channel or add our Google+ Page to your circles.