Proudest APM Moments

Shreena, APM 2017, Mountain View
“For April Fool’s Day in 2018, another APM and myself decided to turn Google Maps into a scavenger hunt around the world where users try to find Waldo. We pitched it to different stakeholders and were able to raise a lot of enthusiasm around the project. Engineers and UX designers volunteered to help us build the experience and worked on the project in their free time. We collaborated with external partners and lawyers around the concept and copyright. When I opened up Google Maps on the first of April I couldn't believe what we had built from one crazy idea!”

Jian, APM 2015, Mountain View
“I love being part of changing the way people use established technologies. I work on the Assistant on TV team and am trying to evolve TVs from what we know about them today: from remote control based to voice activated with far-field microphones. This is a mature industry where I’ve had to think outside what we take as given. It’s cool that I can actually affect change with major companies in this space, like Nvidia and Sony!”

Dina, APM 2016, San Bruno
“When I look back, it’s not one particular moment, but my overall growth. Especially when it comes to communicating on thorny and ethical questions in a values-driven and respectful way. The questions we grapple with at Google are extremely hard and I’m proud of how I’ve learned to approach them with open-mindedness and respect.”

Bryan, APM 2014, Tokyo
“Launching a feature to celebrate the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival on Maps. In Japan, the Cherry Blossom festival is a huge, annual cultural phenomenon that only lasts for two or three weeks. It’s always a very fun environment, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Everywhere you go during this time, the cherry blossoms are in bloom. I learned that some companies have data of where the best places to see the cherry blossoms are, and I thought Maps was the perfect place to surface this. Even though we’re based in Tokyo, we build products globally, and this was a unique opportunity to build something just for Japan. I teamed up with another APM alum in Tokyo and we pulled it off together using 20% time (time that Googlers can take to work on a project outside of our regular jobs one day a week) over several months. We’ve done it two years in a row now, and I’m so proud to be able to share the feature with people.”

Sam, APM 2016, Mountain View
“The best couple of days I’ve had at Google were spent doing close user research around privacy. It was amazing to finally be able to put all the work we were doing in front of people and get their feedback. At one point, a participant excitedly asked us “when are you going to launch this?” and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. You expect to get this kind of reaction for a cool hip gadget, not a privacy policy. It was a huge testament to the fact that we put our heart and soul into making this policy engaging and compelling.”

Alex, APM 2016, Mountain View
“Launching Pixel with my team. I dealt a lot with partnerships since I led connectivity at the time. I watched it get approved and out the door, and was proud that I helped the team negotiate a deal with one of the largest partners in America.”

Muli, APM 2013, Zurich
“I work on a team at YouTube that empowers creators to be able to make a living off what they love to do. Throughout my time on the team, I have been able to meet incredible creators making videos about anything from bird watching to cooking. It’s been inspiring to watch people build a life that they love and a community around the content they produce and I feel so lucky to be able to help them achieve that.”

Janvi, APM 2015, Mountain View
“My first big launch: the Oscar’s experience on Search in 2016, which was especially cool because it was a big moment tied to this external event. We worked really hard to meet that deadline, and it was the first time I had seen the stuff we work on behind the scenes come to the foreground. Watching the Oscars and knowing that real people in the world were using the things you designed and built was awesome. I try to chase that feeling now; I’m motivated by getting the thing I’m building into people’s hands, taking a full product from proposal stage all the way to launch.”

Proudest APM Moments

Shreena, APM 2017, Mountain View
“For April Fool’s Day in 2018, another APM and myself decided to turn Google Maps into a scavenger hunt around the world where users try to find Waldo. We pitched it to different stakeholders and were able to raise a lot of enthusiasm around the project. Engineers and UX designers volunteered to help us build the experience and worked on the project in their free time. We collaborated with external partners and lawyers around the concept and copyright. When I opened up Google Maps on the first of April I couldn't believe what we had built from one crazy idea!”

Jian, APM 2015, Mountain View
“I love being part of changing the way people use established technologies. I work on the Assistant on TV team and am trying to evolve TVs from what we know about them today: from remote control based to voice activated with far-field microphones. This is a mature industry where I’ve had to think outside what we take as given. It’s cool that I can actually affect change with major companies in this space, like Nvidia and Sony!”

Dina, APM 2016, San Bruno
“When I look back, it’s not one particular moment, but my overall growth. Especially when it comes to communicating on thorny and ethical questions in a values-driven and respectful way. The questions we grapple with at Google are extremely hard and I’m proud of how I’ve learned to approach them with open-mindedness and respect.”

Bryan, APM 2014, Tokyo
“Launching a feature to celebrate the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival on Maps. In Japan, the Cherry Blossom festival is a huge, annual cultural phenomenon that only lasts for two or three weeks. It’s always a very fun environment, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Everywhere you go during this time, the cherry blossoms are in bloom. I learned that some companies have data of where the best places to see the cherry blossoms are, and I thought Maps was the perfect place to surface this. Even though we’re based in Tokyo, we build products globally, and this was a unique opportunity to build something just for Japan. I teamed up with another APM alum in Tokyo and we pulled it off together using 20% time (time that Googlers can take to work on a project outside of our regular jobs one day a week) over several months. We’ve done it two years in a row now, and I’m so proud to be able to share the feature with people.”

Sam, APM 2016, Mountain View
“The best couple of days I’ve had at Google were spent doing close user research around privacy. It was amazing to finally be able to put all the work we were doing in front of people and get their feedback. At one point, a participant excitedly asked us “when are you going to launch this?” and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. You expect to get this kind of reaction for a cool hip gadget, not a privacy policy. It was a huge testament to the fact that we put our heart and soul into making this policy engaging and compelling.”

Alex, APM 2016, Mountain View
“Launching Pixel with my team. I dealt a lot with partnerships since I led connectivity at the time. I watched it get approved and out the door, and was proud that I helped the team negotiate a deal with one of the largest partners in America.”

Muli, APM 2013, Zurich
“I work on a team at YouTube that empowers creators to be able to make a living off what they love to do. Throughout my time on the team, I have been able to meet incredible creators making videos about anything from bird watching to cooking. It’s been inspiring to watch people build a life that they love and a community around the content they produce and I feel so lucky to be able to help them achieve that.”

Janvi, APM 2015, Mountain View
“My first big launch: the Oscar’s experience on Search in 2016, which was especially cool because it was a big moment tied to this external event. We worked really hard to meet that deadline, and it was the first time I had seen the stuff we work on behind the scenes come to the foreground. Watching the Oscars and knowing that real people in the world were using the things you designed and built was awesome. I try to chase that feeling now; I’m motivated by getting the thing I’m building into people’s hands, taking a full product from proposal stage all the way to launch.”