Google offers Rs 12 crore program to assist NGOs for technology drive

Google Impact Challenge — with a Rs 12 crore program — will assist Indian NGOs for their new technology initiatives.

The search engine giant is asking Indian non-profits how they would use technology to tackle problems in India and around the world.

The four submissions judged to be the best will each receive Rs 3 crore and technical assistance from Google to help make their project a reality.

Google offers approximately $100 million in grants, $1 billion in free and discounted apps and ads, and 50,000 employee volunteer hours around the world.

In 2012, it launched the Global Impact Awards to support entrepreneurial non-profits with a tech idea for how to change the world.

Applications open today and Indian non-profits are invited to apply online by 5th September at: Google will review applications and announce 10 finalists on 21 October. The public will be invited to learn more about the top 10 finalists and cast a vote for their favorite projects.

The final event will take place on 31 October.

Judging panel include Google board member Ram Shriram; Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora; Google Giving director Jacquelline Fuller; social worker Anu Aga; Omidyar Network India Advisors managing director Jayant Sinha, who will select three awardees. The fourth awardee will be selected based on online votes from the public.

Previous awardees have developed projects ranging from technology that allowed under-privileged students to access maths and science education to real-time sensors that help ensure people have better access to clean water.

“Today I’m thrilled to be part of a new tech-oriented, venture model that will support our country’s amazing engine of social entrepreneurs, identifying and backing the best technology ideas to improve the lives of millions,” said Google’s Ram Shriram.

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