Google Cloud

Obtaining Access to Google Cloud Platform

  1. Sign up for the Google Cloud Free Tier.
  2. Google will offer additional credits and resources (e.g. IOT kits) to participating teams in the prototype and MVP phases of the challenge based on team needs and goals. 
  3. We also have additional credits available for teams with needs exceeding the free tier of services. Email us at for additional details.

Google Cloud Free Tier

The Google Cloud Free Tier offers $300 in initial credits in addition to a number of Always Free services, including:

Service Always Free Limits

App Engine

  • 28 frontend instance hours per day, 9 backend instance hours per day
  • 5 GB Cloud Storage
  • 1 GB of egress per day
  • Shared memcache
  • 1000 search operations per day, 10 MB search indexing
  • 100 emails per day

App Engine Free Quota

Cloud Datastore
  •  1 GB storage
  • 50,000 reads, 20,000 writes, 20,000 deletes

Cloud Datastore Free Quota

Compute Engine

  • 1 non-preemptible f1-micro VM instance per month in one of the following US regions:
    • Oregon: us-west1
    • Iowa: us-central1
    • South Carolina: us-east1
  • 30 GB-months HDD, 5 GB-months snapshot
  • 1 GB network egress from North America to all region destinations per month (excluding China and Australia)

Your Always Free f1-micro instance limit is by time, not by instance. Eligible use of all of your f1-micro instances each month is free until you have used a number of hours equal to the total hours in the current month.Usage calculations are combined across the supported regions.

Compute Engine offers discounts for sustained use of virtual machines. Your Always Free use doesn’t factor into sustained use.

GPUs and TPUs are not included in the Always Free offer. You will always be charged for GPUs and TPUS that you add to instances.

Compute Engine Free Usage Limits

Cloud Storage

  • 5 GB-months of Regional Storage (US regions only)
  • 5000 Class A Operations per month
  • 50000 Class B Operations per month
  • 1 GB network egress from North America to all region destinations per month (excluding China and Australia)

Always Free only available in us-east1, us-west1, and us-central1 regions. Usage calculations are combined across those regions.

Cloud Storage Free Usage Limits

Cloud Pub/Sub

  • 10 GB of messages per month

Cloud Pub/Sub Free Usage Limits

Cloud Functions

  • 2 million invocations per month (includes both background and HTTP invocations)
  • 400,000 GB-seconds, 200,000 GHz-seconds of compute time
  • 5 GB network egress per month

Cloud Functions Free Usage Limits

Google Kubernetes Engine

  • No cluster management fee for clusters of all sizes. Each user node is charged at standard Compute Engine pricing

Google Kubernetes Engine Pricing


  • Free monthly logging allotment
  • Free monthly metrics allotment

Free Stackdriver Products


  • 1 TB of querying per month
  • 10 GB of storage each month

BigQuery Pricing

Cloud Vision

  • 1,000 units per month

Cloud Vision Pricing

Cloud Speech-to-Text

  • 60 minutes per month

Cloud Speech-to-Text Pricing

Cloud Natural Language

  • 5,000 units per month

Cloud Natural Language Pricing

Cloud Shell

  • Free access to Cloud Shell, including 5 GB of persistent disk storage

Cloud Shell Details

Cloud Build

  • 120 build-minutes per day

Cloud Build Pricing

Cloud Source Repositories

  • Up to 5 Users
  • 50 GB Storage
  • 50 GB Egress

Cloud Source Repositories Pricing