Thursday, September 25, 2008

Google Wants to Help You Change the World

If you got an idea that could change the world and to help as many people as possible, Google wants to hear about it. To help celebrate its 10th birthday, Google launched the Project 10100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th"), where it is soliciting fresh ideas that have impact on people's lives.

According Google: "These ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or brilliantly simple -- but they need to have impact. We know there are countless brilliant ideas that need funding and support to come to fruition."

Google is opening the project to anyone, not just laboratories or universities.

How you can participate:
- You need to send your idea by October 20th.
- Voting on ideas begins on January 27th: Google will post a selection of one hundred ideas and ask you, the public, to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas.
- Google is committing $10 million to implement these projects, and its goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.

You need put your idea into one of the following categories and consider the evaluation criteria below:
- Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
- Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
- Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
- Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
- Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
- Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
- Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
- Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don't fit into any category at all.

This is an interesting initiative by Google, providing incentive to people research and develop new ideas.

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