Google and DFAT offers $6.5 Million to change the world


    Google are once again running their Global Impact Challenge in Australia again and are offering serious investment in ideas that’ll change the world. Aussie innovators in the non-profit sector who want to use technology to make an impact will compete for up to $250,000 each of a total pool of $4.5 Million in funding.

    Whether it’s new technology to help domestic violence victims during a crisis or an innovative way to provide scalable health care for Australia’s ageing population, we believe technology can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

    This year, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is offering four additional grants of $500,000 for projects that use technology to make a social impact internationally. The DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize is provided by innovationXchange as part of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge and is particularly focused on how technology can reduce poverty and make lives better in the Asia Pacific region, with new international development solutions that are cheaper, faster and more effective. Unless applicants choose to opt out (why would you?), all entries into this year’s Google Impact Challenge will also be considered for a DFAT grant.

    Be fast to apply at, as entries close this week, on July 13.


    Ten finalists will be announced in October, when the Australian public will vote for their favourite idea. On October 26, a judging panel including David Gonski, Lucy Turnbull, Layne Beachley, Melissa Doyle, Alan Noble, and Jacquelline Fuller will select three awardees. The fourth awardee will be chosen based on online votes from the public.

    This is second time we’ve run the Google Impact Challenge in Australia. In 2014, we supported 10 ideas with $3.5 million in funding — ranging from Fred Hollows’ low-cost mobile camera to detect and prevent blindness caused by diabetes to Infoxchange’s web app called Ask Izzy to connect homeless people with social services. Two years down the track, these projects have created a significant social impact and we hope this next round of funding will do the same.

    If you need more inspiration, then check out the 2014 finalists.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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