Global Impact Award for Indian Non Profits

Google Announces Global Impact Award for Indian Non Profits

Ahead of India’s Independence Day celebrations this week, Google announced to launch “Google Impact Challenge in India”, inviting Indian non – profits to tell how they would use technology to improve people’s lives.

At the end of the challenge, four non – profits will each receive [rupee] 3 Crore Global Impact Award and technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life, the California – based tech – giant announced on Monday.

“On the eve of India’s Independence Day, we’re celebrating the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship of the world’s largest democracy by spotlighting the best local nonprofits that are using technology to make the world better,” Nikesh Arora, senior vice president and chief business officer, Google said on a blog post.

Mr. Arora said registered Indian non – profits can apply online until 5th September, 2013.

Googlers from India, and around the world, will review applications and announce the 10 best projects on 21st October, 2013.

“You can learn more about the top 10 finalists then, and cast a vote for who you think should receive the Fan Favourite award,” Mr. Arora said.

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“On 31st October, 2013 I’ll join Ram Shriram, Jacquelline Fuller, Anu Aga and Jayant Sinha in Delhi to hear the 10 finalists pitch live.

As judges, we’ll select three awardees based on their potential impact, scalability and ingenuity.

We’ll also announce the winner of the Fan Favourite, according to your vote,” he wrote.

“Growing up in India, I’ve seen firsthand the vibrancy and innovativeness of India’s social entrepreneurs.

I’m excited to see their projects and support their ideas for how to use technology and [rupee] 3 crores to change the world,” Mr. Arora wrote.

Google Impact Challenge Criteria

Applicants are invited to submit a technology-based project that will be reviewed by a team of Googlers and VIP judges based on three criteria :

i. How you will use innovation and technology to make the world a better place.

Is it creative and data-driven? We’re looking for projects that use technology to address a specific social issue on a grand scale. Technology can come in many forms, from improving the lives of people through digital literacy trainings, improving education through data analysis, or monitoring clean water wells with hardware sensors. For more examples, visit g.co/globalimpactawards to see Google’s full list of Global Impact Awards.

ii. How you will implement your project.

Is the project feasible and realistic? Is it rooted in research that identifies the size of the problem and how the proposed idea will help solve it? Does the roadmap explain what challenges might stand in the way and how they will be overcome?

iii. How your team will execute your plan immediately and successfully.

We’re looking for signals that your team is poised for success. Do you have partners and collaborators? Does your team have a strong track record?