Google had launched the Google Impact Challenge earlier this year to invite Indian non profit organizations and showcase how they’d use technology to improve people’s lives, and just yesterday it announced the winners of the challenge.
The selected ten finalists out of the total of about 1000 applications received, had pitched their concepts to a panel of judges, Nikesh Arora, Google board member Ram Shriram, Google Director of Giving Jacquelline Fuller, Former Chairperson of Thermax Anu Aga and Omidyar Network India Advisors Managing Director Jayant Sinha.
The organizations were short-listed after due diligence by the panel with their idea about use of technology as well as speaking to their funders, peer groups, beneficiaries etc.
The ten finalists were: Agastya, Breakthrough, Chintan Environmental Research & Action Group, Digital Green Trust, Going to School Fund, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship & Democracy, Pratham Books, Prayas Energy Group, Shelter Associates and Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives.
As per the concept, out of these 10, 3 were chosen by the judges, where one winner was chosen via public voting, all these 4 organizations had received INR 3 crore each as the prize amount.
SANA, which was selected winner through public voting, is providing solar-powered micro-ionizing water purification and biodigesting technology to improve water and sanitation infrastructure for rural villages.
The other three winner which received INR 3 crore each in funding include
1) Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship & Democracy – It will create online and mobile apps that connect citizens to their government representatives in urban India. These apps will allow users to provide faster, more detailed feedback directly to their representatives, helping to close information gaps. In three years, Janaagraha aims to connect 15,00,000 citizens to governments across three metropolitan cities in India.
2) Agastya – It will address the lack of science equipment and digital resources for rural children by launching a network of motorbike science labs that are staffed by trained teachers and equipped with cutting-edge technology. Over the next three years, Agastya aims to teach the power of scientific education to children and teachers at 1,620 rural schools.
3) Digital Green – It will help farmers gain the agricultural skills they need to lower their costs and increase their productivity. By scaling a video hub and an online knowledge platform, Digital Green will train farmers to become community knowledge workers and enable them to share locally-relevant agricultural skills with their peers. Over the next three years, Digital Green aims to provide agricultural training to one million farmers across 10,000 villages.
This was Google’s second Impact Challenge, the first one was held in the UK earlier this year.
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