“In the venture world you sometimes come across an idea and just know in an instant that it has the breakthrough model, exceptional team and scalable business plan needed to make a huge impact on the world. Each of the 10 non-profit finalists has the potential to build a positive change in India. They only need support to do so,” said Ram Shriram, board member at Google. Yes! That’s true. Henceforth, Google has extended its support to such innovators who explore new ways to solve the world’s most pressing problems through the Google Impact Challenge. GIC which travels to different regions, asks local nonprofits how they would use technology to make a better world, and invites the public to vote for the project with the greatest impact. The first Google Impact Challenge has been launched in India in August 2013 which encourages Indian non-profit organizations to propose and share how they would improve India and the world a better place using tech innovation and Google support.
Google Impact Challenge [Finalists]
Ten nonprofit organizations in India have been selected as finalists by Google for GIC which intends to support a technology based social project and have produced videos that showcase their organization and their project with the help from the company. The short listing was done by a team of Googlers from a list of non-profit applicants, based on the use of technology and innovation for social impact, how the award will be implemented and the plan for execution based on various categories. On October 21st, the top 10 finalists were revealed, four of which will each be awarded with 3 cores, Global Impact Award and mentoring for Google to deliver on their project. The following are the ideas of 10 finalists and their projects which had been shortlisted from different categories like education, health, women empowerment and sanitation and a brief overview of their project goals, which tackle the toughest problems.
|Digital toolkit to prevent gender-based violence||Breakthrough|
|Monitoring dashboard to improve power supply quality||Prayas Energy Group|
|Mobile games & books to teach kids entrepreneurial skills||Going To School Fund|
|The online marketplace to organize waste collection||Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group|
|Digital mapping to improve slum sanitation||Shelter Associates|
|Video hub to scale agricultural training||Digital Green|
|Integrated water and sanitation system to promote healthy villages||Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives (SANA)’s|
|Network of motorbike science labs to educate rural kids||Agastya’s|
|Apps to connect citizens to the government||Janaagraha|
|Open source platform to create and translate children’s books||Pratham Books|
Google lets crowd to help to pick the winner in the Google Impact Challenge, India. Voting for the fan favorite category is open on the website. The public can select a project which could make an impact to receive a Rs 3crore (approximately $500,000) Global Impact Award. The organization with the maximum number of votes will win the award. Voting closes by October 30 at 11 PM. We have 31 hours more to vote for the fan favorite project at the Google Impact Challenge and contribute to make an impact. Hurry up! Cast your vote now.
On 31st October, 10 Google Impact Challenge finalists will pitch their projects to the panel of judges who will hear pitches live from all 10 finalists and select three additional Global Impact Awardees and unveil the fan favorite. The four winning organizations, one fan favorite and three selected by a panel of judges will be announced. The winning organizations will receive a Rs 3 crore Global Impact Award, 10 Nexus tablets and mentoring and technical support from Google to make their project to reality.