A new innovative challenge from Google to increase the user base for Google apps in engineering and MBA colleges.
From India’s GoogleApp team :
1. Sign up for the challenge by September 15, 2008.
2. Get approval from your college’s administration to implement Google Apps by October 15, 2008.
3. Work with your IT department to implement Google Apps by December 15, 2008.
4. Achieve the highest level of Google Apps usage amongst all participating colleges by January 31, 2009 to be declared the challenge winner!
Here is video of Kellogg ( Northwestern University, Chicago, US) director of technology talks about how they have benefited using Google Apps for their intranet IT solutions:
This in my opinion is good for colleges as Google will assign one Google employee to each team to help answer questions through out the challenge. Drawback is that they are targeting only Engineering and MBA colleges. Google is trying hard to push collaboration tools like its “Google Talk” , “Google Mail” to compete with “Microsoft Instant Messenger”, “Outlook” as Microsoft dominates the corporate as well university accounts.
To learn more about GoogleApps watch this video from google – Googleapps Youtube video: