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Top 10 finalists announced for Google Impact Challenge

- October 1, 2014 2 MIN READ

Changing the world for the better with the help of technology is no easy feat. Google Australia recently took on this initiative in July by inviting Australian non-profits and charity volunteers to share their great ideas on improving the world through technology with them. The Google Impact Challenge was the result which aimed to help fund and develop these ideas into reality for the successful candidates.

As of today, Google Australia has announced that they have shortlisted the ideas for a better world to ten finalists. The winning ideas thus far range from tackling environmental crises, to making education more accessible, to helping Australians better manage their own health and assisting people in need.

The winner will receive a $500,000 grant to help bring their project to life. The public can view all of the finalists’ ideas as well as voting for the winner at Google Challenge

Voting closes on Monday the 13th October 11:59pm AEST.


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

Infoxchange – 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 travellers about the illegal wildlife trade