Today at Google in Sydney, these organisations pitched their ideas to our panel of judges for the chance to each receive a $750,000 grant and support from Google. Congratulations to the three winners:
- The George Institute for Global Health with a SMS-based support service to help people with chronic diseases lead healthier lives.
- Center for Eye Research Australia with an eyesight self-assessment system for Australians in remote areas.
- Hello Sunday Morning with a personalised support app to help people with alcohol problems.
We also invited Australians to vote for the project they thought would have the biggest impact and more than 250,000 people voted online, making it the highest number of votes per-capita for any Google Impact Challenge around the world! The result of voting was so close this year we decided to award two winners of the people's choice, each will recieve $750,000. Congratulations to:
- The Nature Conservancy Australia with mobile technology to protect global fish stocks and the livelihoods of coastal communities.
- Great Barrier Reef Foundation with a low-cost, autonomous robot designed to monitor, map, manage and preserve coral reef ecosystems.
- The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation with community driven literacy apps designed to preserve indigenous languages.
- Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA) with an information repository to drive emissions transparency within the shipping industry.
- Justice Connect with a web portal that connects individuals and communities to pro bono legal services.
- World Vision Australia with a network of innovative heat-sensing fire detectors designed to save lives in Bangladesh.
- The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre with a smartphone app to help parents identify childhood autism.
Huge congratulations to all of the winners and finalists. And thank you to everyone who voted to support these outstanding Australian non-profits to help make an impact.