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Google Developer Student Club Leads are passionate leaders at their university who are dedicated to helping their peers learn and connect. These Leads may be pursuing various undergraduate or graduate university degrees but have a good foundational knowledge of software development concepts.

Google collaborates with Leads and supports them as they start and grow their on-campus community.

Applications to become a club lead open once a year, and the timing varies by region.

Please note that the application deadline varies regionally, find your region in the list below and see the timeline.

  • India - May 11
  • United States and Canada - May 31
  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - May 31
  • Hong Kong and Taiwan - June 15
  • Japan - June 16
  • South Korea - June 16
  • Australia and New Zealand - June 23
  • Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - June 30
  • Europe - June 30
  • Sub-Saharan Africa - June 30
  • Latin America - June 30
  • Middle East and North Africa - July 15

What does a lead do?

Work with your university to start a student club. Select a core team and faculty advisor to support.
Grow student knowledge on developer products and platforms through hands-on workshops and events.
Identify local partners to work with and lead project building activities.

Benefits of being a lead

Access to community management training and technical knowledge to help you be a stronger leader. Invitations to select Google events.
Access to a global network of student leaders, professional community organizers, industry experts, and Googlers to gain mentorship and share knowledge.
Dedicated support to help educate and expand your community online and in-person.
*Based on 2019 GDSC Global Exit Survey

Become a Google Developer Student Club Lead

GDSC Lead applications are now open - apply here!

How to become a lead

  1. See if there’s a current Google Developer Student Club on your campus or near you. Reach out and learn about their experience. We encourage you to participate or even help organize an event!
  2. Read the Community Organizer Code of Conduct.
  3. Submit GDSC Lead application here.
  4. We will review your submission and get back to you as soon as possible via email.

When you join our programs, you’re joining a community. And like any growing community, a few ground rules about expected behavior are good for everyone. These guidelines cover both online (e.g. mailing lists, social channels) and offline (e.g. in-person meetups) behavior.

Violations of this code of conduct can result in members being removed from the program. Use your best judgement, and if you’d like more clarity or have questions feel free to reach out.

Be nice. We're all part of the same community, so be friendly, welcoming, and generally a nice person. Be someone that other people want to be around.

Be respectful and constructive. Remember to be respectful and constructive with your communication to fellow members. Don't get into flamewars, make personal attacks, vent, or rant unconstructively. Everyone should take responsibility for the community and take the initiative to diffuse tension and stop a negative thread as early as possible.

Be collaborative. Work together! We can learn a lot from each other. Share knowledge, and help each other out.

Participate. Join in on discussions, show up for in-person meetings regularly, offer feedback, and help implement that feedback.

Step down considerately. If you have some form of responsibility in your community, be aware of your own constraints. If you know that a new job or personal situation will limit your time, find someone who can take over for you and transfer the relevant information (contacts, passwords, etc.) for a smooth transition.

Basic etiquette for online discussions. Don’t send messages to a big list that only need to go to one person. Keep off topic conversations to a minimum. Don’t be spammy by advertising or promoting personal projects which are off topic.

Lead Acknowledgements

The Google Event Community Guidelines and Anti- Harassment Policy must be followed. This Anti-Harassment Policy template is available for organizers to enstate in their community.

It’s NOT ok to use GDSC for profit. Organizers should only charge attendees for ticket entry and/or get sponsorships to cover costs of event operations (e.g. food and drinks, venue, setup, speakers) if needed.

It’s ok to partner with other groups and companies. Collaborating with other groups and companies is a great way to arrange additional speakers, venues, and sponsorship.

It’s ok to talk about non-Google technologies in your community. We want to promote learning across technologies without bashing any company including Google or others.

The GDSC logo and name is granted for use by organizers so long as they are in good standing with Google Developers and follow the GDSC brand guidelines.

GDSC chapters must remain active and run at least 1 event every 90 days. Failure to host events and log activity to the GDSC program may result in removal from the GDSC program.

GDSC chapter organizers are expected to be willing and available to communicate with their Google Regional Lead in a timely fashion when requested.

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