Google.org is looking for your biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. We’re committing $20 million (USD) in grant funding toward this goal, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.
Exciting ideas are already becoming a reality. For instance, 3-D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software and remote hearing diagnostics are part of a wave of current innovations that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities.
We hope that the Google Impact Challenge will propel even more technological innovation that will create meaningful and positive change for people with disabilities.
What We’re Looking For
1. Big Ideas
Ideas should be transformative and address not only the change you seek for your organization, but also the change you want to see in the world.
In 10 years, if your idea were to be wildly successful, how would the lives of people with disabilities be different?
2. Technology at the Core
Ideas should apply technology in a way that is innovative and effective. Technology shouldn’t just make your existing work more efficient, it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches.
Of course, we love ideas that involve the development of cutting-edge technology, but innovative applications of existing technology are also welcome.
3. Potential for Scale
We don’t expect your idea to reach millions of people in a year (if it can, definitely submit it), but you should be able to articulate a way in which it could ultimately reach a large number of people.
Taking on big, scalable ideas that have technology at their core is hard. We look for teams that are strong and nimble enough to implement the work proposed.
Nonprofits and public charities from any country are eligible to submit an idea.
Your organization must hold valid and current charity status as determined by the legislation of your country of incorporation. During the review process, you may be asked to provide documentation confirming your charitable status and other materials, such as financial statements, to Google and/or its agents.
The following entities are not eligible to submit ideas: governmental entities and organizations, including, but not limited to, public schools and universities; for-profit organizations and individuals.
All ideas must be submitted in English.
Ideas will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit whenever you are ready. We will accept ideas until September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.
Any additional questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org