Google Offers Free Cloud Services to College Students

BETTER THAN FREE T-SHIRTS: This week Google announced that university students studying computer science will be able to access its cloud-based software tools for free. Faculty who teach CS in U.S. colleges and universities can apply for free credits for students to use the full suite of Google Cloud Platform tools, including Cloud Vision API and Cloud Machine Learning.

In a blog post the search engine giant cited existing university use cases of its cloud technology. A Duke University undergrad built Cloud4Cancer, an artificial neural network built on top of Google App Engine that distinguishes between health and unhealthy tissue. A CS professor at Carnegie Mellon University says using the platform is a way for his students to be competitive in the job market.

CS faculty can apply today for credits for their students to use in the 2016-2017 academic year.

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