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.

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