Google Challenge Americas Regional Winners Visit the Googleplex

Visiting Google's official location from Google Maps. Google Mountain View, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
Visiting Google's official location from Google Maps. Google Mountain View, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Google’s headquarters (a.k.a., the Googleplex) in Mountain View, California.  This trip was part of the award package associated with my JMU MKTG 490 students being named winners of the Americas Region in the 2011 Google Online Marketing Challenge.  On behalf of Larissa Cookson, Lindsay Keller, and Molly Shea, I wish to thank AJ Pascua and his colleagues for being such wonderful hosts.  Below are some of the photos from our extraordinary and memorable visit to the Googleplex.

Molly, Larissa, and Lindsay reviewing their presentation in the beautiful lobby of the Clift Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Molly, Larissa, and Lindsay reviewing their presentation in the beautiful lobby of the Clift Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Three very excited young ladies departing the Clift Hotel to the Googleplex.
Three very excited young ladies departing the Clift Hotel to the Googleplex.
Our first stop on the beautiful Googleplex campus.
Our first stop on the beautiful Googleplex campus.
Visiting Google's official location from Google Maps. Google Mountain View, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
Visiting Google's official location from Google Maps. Google Mountain View, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
Googlebikes are shared and scattered all around the Googleplex. Googlers use them for short trips around the complex in order to reduce the need for car trips during the day.
Googlebikes are shared and scattered all around the Googleplex. Googlers use them for short trips around the complex in order to reduce the need for car trips during the day.
One of the many micro-kitchens spotted around the Googleplex. Googlers are never more than 150 feet away from drinks and snacks.
One of the many micro-kitchens spotted around the Googleplex. Googlers are never more than 150 feet away from drinks and snacks.
It's not all work at Google. Employees can take a rest on a beanbag, catch a nap in a sleeping pod, receive a massage, work out in one of the gyms, or play volleyball in the outdoor sand court.
It's not all work at Google. Employees can take a rest on a beanbag, catch a nap in a sleeping pod, receive a massage, work out in one of the gyms, or play volleyball in the outdoor sand court.
Larissa Cookson, Lindsay Keller, and Molly Shea presenting their Google Online Marketing Challenge campaign strategy at the Googleplex
Larissa Cookson, Lindsay Keller, and Molly Shea presenting their Google Online Marketing Challenge campaign strategy at the Googleplex.
The JMU team enjoyed a delicious lunch with some Googlers at one of their cafes.
The JMU team enjoyed a delicious lunch with some Googlers at one of their cafes.
Natalie gave a fun and informative tour of areas inside and outside of the Googleplex.
Natalie gave a fun and informative tour of areas inside and outside of the Googleplex.
The 2011 Google Challenge Americas Regional Winners showcasing their awards.
The 2011 Google Challenge Americas Regional Winners showcasing their awards.
Picking up a few Google souveniers from the on-site Google Store.
Picking up a few Google souveniers from the on-site Google Store.
Meeting Googlers from AdWords Teams.
Meeting Googlers from AdWords Teams.
Lindsay, Larissa, and Molly inside of an oversized donut.  We also saw an oversized cupcake, honeycomb, eclair, ice cream sundae, and the Android Robot (including one shaped from an ice cream sandwich).
Lindsay, Larissa, and Molly inside of an oversized donut. We also saw an oversized cupcake, honeycomb, eclair, ice cream sundae, and the Android Robot (including one shaped from an ice cream sandwich).
JMU makes a mark at the sculpture garden on the Googleplex lawn.
JMU makes a mark at the sculpture garden on the Googleplex lawn.
Dr. Theresa B. Clarke and her 2011 Google Challenge Americas Regional Winners at the Googleplex.
Dr. Theresa B. Clarke and her 2011 Google Challenge Americas Regional Winners at the Googleplex.

4 Comments on "Google Challenge Americas Regional Winners Visit the Googleplex"


  1. Congratulations! What an amazing opportunity. I hope you all continue to pursue online marketing careers. It is a very exciting line of work!

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  2. I’ve known very smart people who Google interviewed and rejected. I’m guessing the marketing challenge that these people won was difficult.

    I came across it searching for pics of the Googleplex. The beautiful people, though, distract from the pics. Now I’m going to imagine the Googleplex always has very beautiful people hugging pillows and the like.

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