While Google was making headlines today with the launch of G1, I came across another article describing their Project 10100. The project is described as, “a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.” You submit a brief description of the problem you are trying to address, your solution, and who would benefit the most. The proposals are divided into categories (i.e. Community, Energy, Health, Shelter), Google will select the best 100 and then let the public vote on the top 25. A final advisory board will select 5 winning ideas and $10m will be given to the organization in the best position to implement.
A lot of companies donate $50m to charity and organizations, but it’s awesome that Google reaches out and let’s anyone submit ideas. Recently, Google’s shine is beginning to wear. It’s fun to root for the underdog, but when the underdog is worth $135B and is dominating search and advertising, people start to get nervous. Google has a ton of cool projects that remind us that they want us to still be around when the machines take over.
My favorite part about the site though was at the end of the FAQ: “(h) Any text or speech in the video must be in one of the following languages: English, German, French, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Korean, Russian, Swahili, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, Hindi, Greek, Czech, Hebrew, Danish, or Thai.” Pretty much allows anyone entry (except of course for Native Central Siberians).
Check out the (cliche) video: