Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Calling all budding scientists: Deadline extended to enter YouTube Space Lab

This is a cross-post from the Official YouTube Blog.

Last month we challenged you to come up with an idea for an experiment that an astronaut can carry out in space, for the chance to watch NASA astronauts conduct it aboard the International Space Station live on YouTube next year. We know the many registered teams out there are busy preparing their experiments for YouTube Space Lab, so we’re extending the deadline by a week to December 14, 2011 to help get your entry just right.

Here’s YouTube Space Lab Judge, Professor Stephen Hawking, to inspire you to join if you haven’t registered already:

Be sure to read the How to Enter guide on our YouTube channel to learn what you need to do to submit your entry. You can also read about the amazing prizes for the regional and global winners, ranging from ZERO-G flights to an authentic astronaut training experience in Russia.

And if you just want to watch cool space videos? We're regularly adding playlists on the channel from What is space?, to Early Pioneers, and the US vs USSR. There's more to come so make sure you subscribe to the channel to keep up with the latest.

Be sure to read the updated official rules and blast off to YouTube Space Lab today!

Zahaan Bharmal, YouTube Space Lab lead, recently watched "Mars Science Laboratory Lifts Off for Red Planet."

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Get More Into: Music

From huge audiences watching Coldplay live from a bullring in Madrid to two young Nicky Minaj fans, music lovers from all over the world have come to YouTube to dig into the latest musical hits and trends. Here at Google Australia we’ve always got a tune spinning and are constantly looking for breaking new artists to fill our latest playlist.

Today we’re inviting you to embark on a musical journey with some of your favourite acts — from down under and abroad — that will take us on a guided tour of the hot hits, big surprises, inspirational performances and everything in between. We’re Getting More Into Music. And you can too.

Starting today, we’ll be featuring playlists created by music fans — for music fans. Want to hear how DJ Pogo hears sounds in film? What videos Florence + The Machine watch before each gig? We’ve asked these musicians — and several more — to dig into whatever they’re into and share it on YouTube.

With over 48 hours of video uploaded every minute, we’re hoping these playlists make it easy to find out what music fans on YouTube are into, and help you get a little more into your own music passion.

And it’s a big week to get more into Aussie music, too. We’ll be featuring three full length shows from the vaults of The Aria awards and have even created an easy way for you to save your own playlists of top Australian acts. We’ll be profiling a few of your favourite Aria Nominated acts too at youtube.com/music and youtube.com/getmoreintoau, so watch this space!

Posted by Ernesto Soriano III, YouTube Team, just watched Davyd (A.I. Mashup)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Poetic Justice: Impress The Band, Join Them Downunder on 1st Jan, 2012

This is a cross-post from the YouTube UK Blog.

Dance superstars
Justice have laid down a challenge to YouTube: produce a mind-blowing video cover of one the tracks from "Audio, Video, Disco" and win the opportunity to treat yourself and a friend to a similarly mind-blowing New Year's Day at the band's January 1, 2012, concert in Sydney, Australia.

Given that the French duo have a reputation for producing innovative, quirky videos, it's time to get creative: think"D.A.N.C.E" or the epic "Civilisation" (although, naturally, your production can be on a smaller scale). The creators of the top nine entries as decided by Gaspard and Xavier will join them in an exclusive Google+ Hangout at theJustice +Page to review the entries, at which point the winner will be announced.

Submissions should be made at the Justice YouTube channel and don't forget to share your efforts using Google+ and boost your profile by interacting with the band's +page, as comments will be linked directly back to their home on YouTube and will doubtless boost your chances. The competition closes at 3pm, Paris time, on December 10, so get filming if you want to start 2012 with a bang… and more than a few beats.

Posted by Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched "Audio, Video, Disco".

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Four Aussies join the 32 next YouTube stars of cooking and fitness training

Thinking of searching YouTube for some good Christmas recipes? Want some videos to help you achieve that New Year’s fitness resolution? You’re in good company. Searches on YouTube for cooking recipes spike around the end of every year, and searches for fitness exercises spike just around the start of the new year.

We also happen to have partners who are doing amazing things with food and fitness. So to supercharge their careers, we created the YouTube Next Chef and the YouTube Next Trainer programs. We’d like to introduce you to the first class of partners who’ll be attending a 12-week course via Google+ Hangouts and receiving a $15,000 equipment and promotional package, all to help them share their passion for food or fitness on YouTube with you.

Representing Australia, we have three chefs — master BBQ of AussieGriller, the simple yet elegant cuisine of cookingwithkarma, and the big flavors of OnePotChefShow — as well as one trainer, FitnessFAQs, who focuses his exercise on body-weight. They are among the 32 partners from 6 countries around the world who will be participating.

YouTube Next Chef
The partners of the YouTube Next Chef class include self-taught chefs, cookbook authors, former restaurant owners and more. Their culinary styles range from making a full meal with just one pot to vegan desserts to gourmet on a budget, and represent five countries around the world. These partners will be taught by the finest folks in culinary arts, including editors from CHOW.com, YouTube Partners like Rob Nixon, and industry experts like Lee Allison.

YouTube Next Trainer
If fitness is your goal, our YouTube Next Trainers are here to help. This international group can teach you exercises using city landscapes, fitness routines made for athletes, safe parkour training exercises, pilates made simple and more. Expect to see these partners get top tier training from our featured mentors Billy Blanks, YouTube Partners like DeStorm, and industry experts like Julie DelaBarre.

Stay tuned for weekly videos starting Nov 15 for YouTube Next Chef and Nov 23 for YouTube Next Trainer.

Posted by Austin Lau, YouTube Creator Programs, recently watched “The Coolest Extreme Skiing Dudes.”