Make our world better, faster, with Google Impact Challenge Australia

From conceiving the Hills Hoist to inventing the bionic ear and WiFi, Australia has a rich history of innovation, fuelled by a desire to solve tough problems with technology solutions. We believe technology can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and today we’re announcing a new program to support Aussie innovators in the new program to support Aussie innovators in the non-profit sector who want to use technology to make an impact.

Starting today, Australian non-profits can submit their technology-driven ideas to Google Impact Challenge | Australia for the opportunity to share in $2 million of funding. We’ll reward the four winning submissions with a $500,000 grant plus mentoring and support from Google employees to help make each project a reality.

Australian non-profits with DGR status can apply online today at:

We’ll announce ten finalists in October, and then open up public voting so Australians can select their favourite idea. On October 14, a judging panel made up of Glenn McGrath, Kim Williams, Anne Geddes, Maile Carnegie and Jacquelline Fuller will select three awardees. The fourth awardee will be chosen based on online votes from the public.

Other Google Impact Challenges around the world have supported ideas ranging from smart cameras for wildlife conservation to solar lights for off-grid communities to a mobile application that helps to protect women from domestic violence.

Non-profits, you have four weeks to submit your ideas. Entries close on July 29.

Whether it’s new technology to help alert residents of an approaching bushfire or an innovative way to tackle homelessness in a CBD, we look forward to hearing some big ideas about how technology can make a real difference to tackle some of the world’s biggest social challenges.