Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Google Scholars' Retreat Tech Talks: Introduction

While this year's Google scholarship winners spent the day at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California for part of the Google Scholars' Retreat, Google treated us to some great tech talks in addition to all that awesome free food.

Scholars Retreat

We were first welcomed by Laszlo Bock, Google's VP of People Operations. The most interesting thing he told us about is the statistics that Google uses to determine everything from which employees are most likely to leave the company to how to keep them there. I can't remember which parts were secret now, so I won't go into details, but the amount of effort put into understanding these sorts of things is both fascinating and impressive.

The next few posts will each summarize one of the tech talks given. If you're interested in a more in-depth post about any of these, leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do!


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