AAPI Heritage Month: Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Posted on 25th May 2021 14:20:52 in General

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan, 2017 Getty Images

For Asian-American and Pacific Islander Appreciation Month, the team here at Tech Reboot wants to shine a light on people within the community who have significantly contributed to the tech industry, and in return, have positively impacted how we do our job. 

To kick things off, this blog post will focus on Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google.

About Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai, or Sundarajan Pichai, is an Indian-American executive and CEO of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. 

Before starting his career as a materials engineer, he earned numerous degrees and notable recognitions. 

  • B.S. from IIT Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering 

  • M.S. from Stanford University in materials science and engineering 

  • MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar 

After making his scholarly accomplishments, Pichai started his career at McKinsey & Co. management consulting firm. In 2004, he joined Google as a leader in the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google products such as Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive (which is what this blog is being typed on). In August 2015, he was selected to become the next CEO of Google after being appointed product chief by the company's CEO, Larry Page. He then joined Alphabet's Board of Directors in 2017 and became its CEO in 2020. 

In 2016 and 2020, Pichai made Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list as a result of his success.

Google I/O 

Google I/O, which stands for input/output or “Innovation in the Open,” is an annual developer event that highlights Google's innovative ideas and allows attendees to connect with many of the most skilled developers from around the world to have insightful discussions, hands-on experiences, and first looks at the latest developer products.

Pichai announced that significant announcements would take place during the conference this year, which took place from May 18 to May 20. 

Here are some of the big announcements made this year:

  • With efforts to become more environmentally conscious, Google plans to be completely carbon-free by 2030. 

  • Google will update its cameras and white balance issues to appropriately capture people with darker skin tones, curly hair, etc. It will also be able to cover 288 skin conditions with Derm Assist.  

  • An updated Google Workspace so you can enjoy working from home. 

  • Soon, you will be able to use your smartphone as a remote for your Android TV. 

  • Photos will curate a series of pictures to showcase a certain memory, such as a family vacation. 

  • More AI updates. The better the AI, the better search results from natural language queries. 

  • Project Starline, a 3D video chat.

The list of innovative ideas, upcoming projects, and updates goes on and on. 

Thanks to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his team, users of Google (such as the Tech Reboot Team) can continuously inform, connect, and learn. 

AAPI Heritage Month: Google CEO Sundar Pichai  by Tech Reboot 

Photo Credit: Kai Wenzel Via Unsplash