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Google launches contest for social entrepreneurs in India

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 12, 2013

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

At the end of the challenge, four nonprofits will each receive an Rs 3 crore (around $500,000) Global Impact Award and technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life, the California-based tech-giant announced today.

“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.

“Today we’re launching the Google Impact Challenge in India, inviting Indian nonprofits to tell us how they’d use technology to improve people’s lives.

At the end of the challenge, four nonprofits will each receive a Rs 3 crore (around $500,000) Global Impact Award and technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life,” he wrote.

Arora said registered Indian nonprofits can apply online until September 5.

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

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

“On October 31, 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 Favorite, 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 Rs 3 crores to change the world,” Arora wrote.

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, a statement released by the company said.

Google claimed that it every year gives away about $100 million in grants, $1 billion in free and discounted apps and ads, and 50,000 employee volunteer hours around the world.

Published on August 12, 2013
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