Last year, Google launched its inaugural Global Impact Awards to support non-profits engaged in tackling global problems with technology and innovation.
They awarded $23 million to seven non-profits for projects as varied as DNA barcoding to stop poachers and real-time monitoring of clean water.
This year, they seem to be breaking it up into regions, with the first Global Impact Challenge announced for the United Kingdom.
No plans to hold similar competitions in other countries have been announced, but the blog post announcement by Jacquelline Fuller, director of Google Giving, did say this – “Today we’re starting the hunt in the U.K., but we also know that nonprofits all over the world are using techy approaches to develop new solutions in their sector. Who knows, the Global Impact Challenge might head your way next.”
Google has invited non-profits in the U.K. to send in their applications explaining how they are using technology to change lives. Ten finalists will be announced on May 22, 2013. People can then vote for these finalists to select the fan favorite.
Three other winners will be chosen by a judging panel on June 3 after they listen to presentations by all the finalists. Each of the four winners will get £500,000 (more than $760,000), along with tech help from Google staff and equipment such as Chromebooks.
The projects will be reviewed and the finalists chosen based on three criteria:-
1. How is the innovation and technology improving lives?
2. If the non-profit wins the award, how will they implement it?
3. Track record, collaborations, and a plan to successfully execute the project immediately.
Last year’s seven winners included the World Wildlife Fund, which got $5 million for innovations in wildlife tagging technology. The Consortium for the Barcode of Life, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, got $3 million to create and implement DNA barcoding to stop wildlife trafficking.
DonorsChoose.org got $5 million to help public schools in the U.S. create more AP science and math courses. Equal Opportunity Schools got $1.8 million to use data analytics for identifying 6,000 talented but underrepresented students and moving them to advanced classes.
All told, Google’s giving to organizations changing the world last year added up to $100 million in grants, a billion dollars worth of technology, and 50,000 hours volunteered by Googlers.