$3.5 million awarded to 10 nonprofits in the Google Impact Challenge

Today at Google Australia, 10 nonprofits pitched their ideas to a panel of judges in a bid to secure one of four grants of $500,000. It’s time to share the winners.

Congratulations to the following nonprofits who will each receive $500,000 in funding and support from Google:

  • AIME, for an online game to inspire young Indigenous students to learn maths and science 
  • Engineers Without Borders Australia, for biodigester toilets to provide sanitation and energy in Cambodian communities 
  • Infoxchange, for an app to connect homeless people with social services 

Australia, you have also spoken. With more than a quarter of a million votes cast online over the last fortnight, you’ve selected the nonprofit you feel is most worthy to receive a $500,000 grant.

The winner of the public vote is ...

  • The Fred Hollows Foundation, for a low-cost mobile camera to detect and prevent blindness caused by diabetes 

We were so impressed by the quality of all the finalists’ projects that we decided to also award the other six finalists $250,000 each. Congratulations to these finalists who will each receive $250,000 in funding and support from Google to kick start their projects:

  • Asthma Foundation NSW, for sensors and a mobile app to access and report real-time air quality data 
  • Alternative Technology association, for solar lighting for remote households in East Timor 
  • Penguin Foundation, for magnetic particle technology to remove oil from contaminated wildlife 
  • University of NSW Aspire, for online educational and career development platform for disadvantaged students 
  • University of Technology Sydney, for sensors to detect and report excessive groundwater depletion in arid regions 
  • Zoo and Aquarium Association, Australasia, for an app to crowdsource data from travelers about the illegal wildlife trade 

Thank you to everyone who voted and a huge congratulations to our 10 finalists. We look forward to working alongside you to support your projects and help create a better Australia, faster.

Posted by Maile Carnegie, Managing Director, Google Australia and NZ