Google Impact Award for Indian Non-profit organizations

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The Google Impact Challenge has launched in India in an effort to support innovators who are exploring new ways to solve the world’s most pressing problems. If you’re an Indian non-profit, tell us how you would use technology and innovative approaches to tackle problems in India and around the world. Four selected non-profits will each receive a Rs 3 crore Global Impact Award and assistance from Google to help make their project a reality.

Few dates to remind:

5th September 2013 – Final day to apply to the Google Impact Challenge.
21st October 2013 – Google announces the finalists, and the public votes online for their favourites.
31st October 2013 – Each finalist team will pitch its idea to an esteemed panel of judges at an event in Delhi.

Four finalists, including the non-profit chosen by the public vote, will be announced as Global Impact Award recipients.

Have any question?

On 28th August, from 12-2 p.m. IST, the Google Impact Challenge team will be hosting virtual “Office Hours” on a Google+ Hangout to answer any questions about the Challenge.

How does my organisation enter the Google Impact Challenge?
Fill in the form here https://services.google.com/fb/forms/indiachallenge/

You keep saying I need to include “technology” in my idea. What kind of technology?
Google is looking for NGOs who use any type of technology. Technology can come in many forms, from monitoring clean water wells with hardware sensors, improving education through big data analysis, or improving the lives of older people through digital literacy trainings.

Criteria:

How you will use innovation and technology to make the world a better place.
Is it creative and data-driven? Google is looking for projects that use technology to address a specific social issue on a grand scale. Technology can come in many forms, from improving the lives of people through digital literacy trainings, improving education through data analysis, or monitoring clean water wells with hardware sensors. For more examples, visit g.co/globalimpactawards to see Google’s full list of Global Impact Awards.

How you will implement your project.
Is the project feasible and realistic? Is it rooted in research that identifies the size of the problem and how the proposed idea will help solve it? Does the roadmap explain what challenges might stand in the way and how they will be overcome?

How your team will execute your plan immediately and successfully.
We’re looking for signals that your team is poised for success. Do you have partners and collaborators? Does your team have a strong track record?

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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