Google today launched the Global Impact Challenge, inviting British non-profits to tell them how they would use technology to transform lives. The top four submissions will each receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award, as well as mentoring and support to help make their project a reality. The Young Foundation is delighted to be supporting this initiative, and encourages entries from its network.
The spread of broadband, smart phones, open data and social media have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for how we might tackle some of the most pressing social needs in Britain. Whilst civil society organisations have generally received a buffeting from the effects of austerity and recession we are also seeing a fantastic explosion of creativity amongst technology enabled, but social impact oriented, start up ventures and digital activists. New ventures such those emerging from Social Innovation Camp and supported by the Young Foundation’s Accelerator programme. Google’s Global Impact Challenge will involve a welcome and significant injection of funds at a time of great scarcity but also great opportunity.
Applications open today and you’re invited invited to apply online. A team from Google will review applications with input from The Young Foundation and announce ten finalists on the same website in mid-May. The public will then be invited to learn more about the top ten finalists, cast a vote for their favourite and donate directly to any project they wish to support.
The final event, to take place in early June, will feature a high profile judging panel, who will select three awardees. The fourth awardee, based on online votes from the public, will also be revealed.