In March 2013, Google UK launched the Global Impact Challenge, inviting UK registered charities to tell them how they would change the world using technology. Today, 10 finalists – four of whom will be awarded a £500,000 grant to deliver their project – were revealed.
From today, the public are invited to view the 10 final projects and vote for their favourite at the Global Impact Challenge Website (g.co/impactchallenge). With the fourth award being decided by the public, every vote counts, with the ballot closing on Friday 31st May at 11:59 p.m. BST.
A panel including Sir Richard Branson, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Jilly Forster, as well as Google’s Matt Brittin and Jacquelline Fuller, will choose three awardees and also reveal the public’s fan favourite choice at an event at Google’s UK headquarters on Monday 3rd June.
The 10 finalists and a brief overview of their project goals, tackling problems ranging from unemployment and freedom of speech to solar energy and wildlife poaching, can be found below:
Age UK: Inspire older people to reminisce using technology, delivering digital training to help them enjoy a happier and healthier later life. (www.ageuk.org.uk)
Amnesty International: Work with activists and partners to develop a mobile alert system to immediately transmit messages to trusted networks in emergencies. (www.amnesty.org.uk)
CDI Apps For Good: Revolutionise computing education by engaging kids in the hands-on creation of mobile apps. (www.appsforgood.org)
Integrity Action: Improve public infrastructure and services in war-torn countries through an online platform for citizens to report on development projects. (www.integrityaction.org)
MAKLab: Give young people access to digital technology to start their first business, fueling economic growth and entrepreneurship training. (maklab.co.uk)
SolarAid: Enable widespread access to low-cost, safe solar lighting in off-grid African communities currently reliant on kerosene lighting. (www.solar-aid.org)
Pennies: Give consumers the option to donate a few pennies of electronic change with a single click when making card purchases. (www.pennies.wpengine.com)
vInspired: Help unemployed young people in the UK enter the workforce through a digital microwork platform — connecting them to short, flexible jobs where they can learn skills, earn money and gain work experience. (www.vinspired.com)
War Child: Use crowdsourced digital mapping to reduce sexual violence and support child protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (www.warchild.org.uk)
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL): Use next generation camera traps, equipped with automated sensors, to better protect threatened wildlife. (www.zsl.org)
Commenting on the finalists, Sir Richard Branson, judge and Virgin founder said:
“We have to celebrate the most creative charities and social entrepreneurs in our country. These charities set the bar for all of us and we should all look at how we can support them.
“You, the public, will choose one of the winners of the Global Impact Challenge. So take a good look at the ideas and join us in celebrating the UK non-profit community, technology, social entrepreneurs and helping improve people’s lives.”
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, judge and inventor of the World Wide Web added:
“The Web’s contribution to economic progress has been much celebrated, but I believe that we are only scratching the surface of its potential to solve social and political problems. On behalf of the World Wide Web Foundation, I’m delighted to join Google in this exciting and innovative initiative.”
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