The Start of My Journey as a Google Innovator

Yesterday was my last day at the face-to-face Google Innovation Academy.  This is just one part of a whole year of programming designed to support my Innovation Project.  What a fun way to start my journey.

Actually, the journey started on March 15th when I received an email stating I was accepted into the #LON17 cohort.  What an exciting day!  I could not believe I was actually accepted.

For one month, I interacted with the other 35 Google Innovators through the Cohort G-Chat.  I am so fortunate to be part of this bright Google tribe!

The Google Academy sure knows how to get us all excited.  One day I arrived home and found out I had a package waiting for me.  Actually each of the 36 Google Innovators received a package!  The BreakOut Edu challenge proved to me that I was going to work with a super smart group of educators.

The BreakOut Edu game kept my mind busy and by the time the others figured out the challenge and I completed the assigned project slides to start the Design Thinking process, it was time to get ready for my trip to London.

I left for London on Saturday, April 15th and arrived on Sunday.  The actual dates of the Innovation Academy was Wednesday, April 19th to Friday, April 21st.  I finally got to meet all the Innovators and coaches face-to-face.  We had opportunities to learn more about each other’s projects.  What a great way for the group to immerse themselves in the Googley culture.

I enjoyed spending time and listening to the feedback of the "D Team."  Dean Stokes was the Innovator coach assigned to the six Google Innovators which made up the amazing D TEAM.

I plan to document my journey as a Google Innovator.  It will not be an easy journey, but it will be worth the tears and sweat!  I hope you will come back often to read about the progress of my Google Innovator project.

Below I posted the vision deck and video I had to submit to be accepted into the Google Innovator Program.  Make sure to check it out.

My Vision Deck

Let me know what you think of my vision!

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