Vote now in the Google Impact Challenge

google impact challengeFour Australian non-profits using technology to tackle social challenges will be chosen to receive $500,000 grants to make their ideas become reality. Google has announced the ten finalists from which the four will be chosen.

These are all incredibly worthwhile and innovative projects that use technology to make a big impact on important causes – ranging from tackling environmental crises to making education more accessible to helping Australians better manage their own health and assisting people in need.

Google are now asking Australians to vote for the finalists that inspire us the most. They’ll announce the winner of the public vote, and three additional winners selected by a judging panel, on October 14.

You’ve got until Monday 13th October 11:59pm AEDT to cast your vote and support Australian non-profits using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social challenges.

The ten finalists are:

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Association (AIME)
Online game to inspire young Indigenous students to learn maths and science
Asthma Foundation NSW
Sensors and a mobile app to access and report real-time air quality data
Alternative Technology Association
Solar lighting for remote households in East Timor
Engineers Without Borders Australia
Biodigester toilets to provide sanitation and energy in Cambodian communities
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Low-cost mobile camera to detect and prevent blindness caused by diabetes
App to connect homeless people with social services
Penguin Foundation
Magnetic particle technology to remove oil from contaminated wildlife
University of New South Wales (ASPIRE)
Online educational and career development platform for disadvantaged students
University of Technology Sydney
Sensors to detect and report excessive groundwater depletion in arid regions
Zoo and Aquarium Association, Australasia
App to crowdsource data from travelers about the illegal wildlife trade


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