10 ideas for a better world | Vote in Australia’s Google Impact Challenge

Every year, millions of Australians volunteer their time and money to make Australia and the world a better place - but there are many great ideas out there that go undeveloped because of a lack of funding or resources. Which is why in July, we launched the first Google Impact Challenge in Australia, inviting Aussie non-profits to tell us how they would change the world using technology. 

Today, we’re sharing the 10 Google Impact Challenge finalists and asking for you to vote at g.co/australiachallenge for which non-profit should receive a $500,000 grant to help bring their project to life.

Drum roll, please!

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

These 10 finalists stood out to us with 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. You can find out more about each of the finalists’ projects here.

We’re now asking Australians to vote for the finalists that inspire you the most. On October 14, we’ll announce the winner of the public vote and three additional winners selected by a judging panel made up of Australian sporting legend Glenn McGrath, community and arts leader Kim Williams, Australian businesswoman and philanthropist Anne Geddes, Google Australia Managing Director Maile Carnegie and Google.org Director Jacquelline Fuller. All four winners will each receive a $500,000 grant as well as mentoring and support from Google employees to help make their project a reality.

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.

Posted by Maile Carnegie, Managing Director, Google Australia