Q. How can I learn more about Google.org?
A. You can learn about Google.org and our initiatives at www.google.org.
Q. What hours can the space be used?
A. Coworking hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Event spaces may be booked between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We may be able to accommodate weekend events on a case-by-case basis.
Q. Can I publicly advertise my event at the space?
A. Yes. We want to help your event be successful. Event hosts can share the space name and address, but should not use Google logos or other trademarks for external promotion of any community events.
Q. Can I invite press to my event in the space?
A. Yes. Keep in mind, press can only access the event space on the first floor. We recommend providing badges or identification during your registration that clearly highlight members of the press.
Q. Do you have a cafe?
A. The space is equipped with a small kitchen, filled with snacks and beverages that are there for your group. If you would like to provide heavier food options or a meal, please indicate that you are interested in ordering catering or will be hiring an external vendor when booking your event.
Q. How often can I book events and coworking sessions?
A. Member organizations can book one event per business quarter (every three months), no earlier than three months prior to their event date. Organizations can book up to three coworking sessions per week and should request at least two days prior to their visit.
Q. Who is eligible for membership?
A. Organizations must be registered 501(c)(3)s, mission-aligned with Google.org, and located in the Bay Area. The Bay Area includes the following counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco county, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Solano County and Sonoma County. Keep in mind, we receive a large number of applications and may be unable to accept every organization.
Q. What does it mean to become a member of Google Community Space?
A. Members can request event and coworking space, as well as participate in Google-hosted programming. There is no cost associated with membership.
Q. How do I add, update or removal of my contact information?
A. Complete this form, and we will take care of it from there.
Q. How can my organization book an event?
A. To book an event, use our event booking form. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry within 2 business days.
Q. How much does it cost to host an event in the space?
A. There is no cost to become a member or book an event in the space, but your membership and event request must be approved. Your organization will be responsible for catering costs and specialty equipment rentals.
Q. What technology and equipment is available when hosting an event?
A. Event rooms are equipped with tables, chairs, projections screens and microphones. You may also request:
- Virtual & Augmented Reality Devices
- Digital Photobooth
- Assisted Listening Devices
- Conference Phone (excludes Main Event Space)
Q. Is there parking available?
A. There is no parking available on site. The closest public parking lot is at 75 Howard Street. We are, however, closely situated to public transit, with multiple Muni stops within a few blocks and the Embarcadero Bart station just two blocks away.
Q. Can my organization fundraise and/or sell tickets to an event in the space?
A. Yes, provided you comply with all applicable laws.
Q. Are events hosted by member organizations open to the public?
A. Member organizations own their own guest lists and registration process. Hosts are welcome to open their events to the public, as long as guests pre-register and the number of people attending does not exceed the capacity of the space. Google will not publicly advertise events hosted by member organizations.
Q. How can I book a coworking session?
A. To book a seat, use our coworking booking form. We will check for availability and do our best to respond to your inquiry within two business days. Coworking seats are not assigned and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Q. Can I book a coworking session with my team?
A. Yes, but we have limited seats across the entire space. For team meetings and retreats, it’s best to book an event room. If you plan to work from Google's Community Space following an event, please also book a coworking session.
Q. Can this space be used as a regular office?
A. The coworking area is limited and, therefore, not intended to serve as a replacement for an office space. This space is meant to complement your office space for meetings, collaboration sessions or a central location option in San Francisco.
Q. How can I attend programming provided by Google?
A. All programming provided by Google is for nonprofit member organizations. If you are a registered 501(c)(3), click here to apply for membership.
Q. How will I know about programming provided in the space?
A. Details of these events will be shared on our programs page.
Q. How does my organization start a long-term technical or non-technical project with Google volunteers?
A. Google volunteers can advise on topics such as digital marketing, business development, engineering and UX solutions, and much more. To tackle a specific skills-based challenge facing your organization, submit your long-term project proposals to our San Francisco team here.