Twenty students from Cayman got an up-close look at the inner workings of technology titan Google’s headquarters from Nov. 8-13. The trip was part of an International College of the Cayman Islands course focused on technology, business and society.
“To be able to visit an organization that has such a huge influence on the world, and to be in the same place as such brilliant minds who design and make many of the online technologies that we use every day is a motivating and once in a lifetime experience,” said business student Ellen Ebanks.
Students attended a seminar in San Francisco and visited the Googleplex, the company’s world headquarters in Mountain View.
In addition to a tour of the Google Campus, Google’s General Manager of Global Business Operations Joe DeMike spoke with the students about Google mission to make the world’s information “universally accessible and useful.”
“We heard not just how Google is using technology to innovate, but also the values of why it is important for people around the world to have access to technology. I can see now why Google has made the positive impact on the world that it has,” said tourism major Enyer Rivers.
Mr. DeMike also focused on some of Google’s innovations in virtual reality, such as the Tilt Brush designed to let users paint in 3-D.
Later, the ICCI students watched self-driving cars zip around the Google campus.
The Google visit was arranged through an educational partnership between The Internet Marketing Association and Cayman Enterprise City. CEC and IMA are the sponsors of the annual Impact conference in Cayman, which focuses on online marketing. Google has been a presenter at the conference.
ICCI President David Marshall said the educational partnership is an essential part of producing graduates who are work ready and exposed to global trends and people. “We are deeply grateful to Google, CEC, and IMA for providing this signature learning experience for our students. Our hope is that now students will be encouraged to want to pursue Internet and marketing related careers to help grow tech businesses in Cayman.”
In addition to the Google visit, students also interacted with other companies in the San Francisco Bay area to learn about Fintech and the potential impacts on financial markets, including Cayman’s. EY’s top Fintech expert briefed students on developments in the field.
Students also visited Chain, a San Francisco technology company with expertise in building blockchain networks.