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Google wants to know how you would like to change the world for the better!


The Overlords of the Interwebs, Google, have rolled out an altruistic effort that involves you, Australia.

Google is soliciting more than just your search history, thankfully, this go-round.

Google’s Impact Challenge: Australia seeks technological solutions to big problems. Impact Challenge has already ran in India, Brazil, the UK, and the USA, and it is now launching in Australia.

From the official blip:

What is the Google Impact Challenge in Australia?

It’s an opportunity for registered Australian charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to apply for a $500,000 grant by sharing their vision for how they will use technology to change the world.

Why is Google doing this Challenge?

Technology 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 in Australia and to engage the public in supporting them.

What will the selected grantees receive?

In October we’ll announce ten finalists and invite the public to vote for their favourite projects.

Four winners will receive $500,000 grant funding, and technical assistance from Google.

Who can participate in the Challenge?

Applicants must be registered Australian charities with DGR status.

How does my organisation enter the Challenge?

Please submit an application here by 29 July 2014 @ 11:59 p.m AEST.

Where can I read a full copy of the Rules?

You can find the rules here.

Hey, even though Google’s official page doesn’t explicitly say it’s a competition right up front, it totally is…

Judges are homegrown, right here in Australia and include:

  • Kim Williams – Ex-CEO of NewsCorp Australia and Foxtel
  • Anne Geddes – Photographer and children’s advocate
  • Glenn McGrath OAM – President of McGrath Foundation
  • Maile Carnegie – Managing Director of Google ANZ
  • Jacqueline Fuller – Director of Google.org

Need to know more?

Check here for full details on entering the challenge.

Just ask Google – not in the way you usually ask it things.

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