The Google Impact Challenge aims to provide sizable funding for non-profit organisations with technology innovations that can tackle social challenges worldwide. In Australia, a total of $4.5 million is up for grabs, which will be divvied up between 10 projects that can be developed to solve problems faced by many developing countries and as well as disadvantaged areas locally. Here are the details.
The Google Impact Challenge is open to any charities that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). According to Google:
"Technology and innovation can solve some of the world's most pressing problems, and we're eager to back innovators who are exploring new ways to make a big impact. The Google Impact Challenge was created to identify these risk-takers around the world and to engage the public in supporting them."
It's free to enter and 10 finalists will be selected to present their projects to a panel of judges. The result from the judging panel will be combined with a public vote to device on four winners, which will each get a $750,000 grant. The remaining six finalists will get $250,000 each. Winners will be announced on October 26.
Previous winning projects include an online game offering mentoring to indigenous students for maths and science, an app to connect homeless people with social services and an initiative to crowdsource data to assist in the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.
Entries close July 14. You can head over to the Google Impact Challenge 2016 page to enter.