Google believes technology can make a better world, faster. The Google Impact Challenge supports non-profit innovators using technology to tackle the world's biggest social challenges.
Google will award $4.5 million across 10 Australian organisations to help bring their ideas to life. Four winning organisations will receive a $750,000 grant, and six additional finalists will receive $250,000.
Three of the four winning organisations will be decided by an expert panel, but one winner will be chosen through a public vote. Voting is open until 26 October 2016.
The ten finalists are:
- A smartphone app to help parents identify autism (The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre)
- A web portal for pro bono legal services (Justice Connect)
- Heat-sensing fire detectors to save lives in Bangladesh (Word Vision)
- An eyesight self-assessment system for remote communities (Centre for Eye Research Australia)
- Community-driven literacy apps for indigenous languages (The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation)
- An information repository to drive shipping emissions transparency (Australian Marine Environment Protection Association)
- A low-cost, autonomous robot to protect coral reef ecosystems (Great Barrier Reef Foundation)
- A personalised support app for people with alcohol problems (Hello Sunday Morning)
- SMS-based support to help people with choronic diseases lead healthier lives (The George Institute for Global Health)
- Mobile technology to protect global fish stocks and people's livelihoods (The Nature Conservancy Australia)
Find out more and vote for your favourites on the Google Impact Challenge website.