As part of Google's Global Impact Challenge 2013, four social organisations were awarded Global Impact Award in recognition of their efforts in tackling some major global issues with the use of technology.
Of the thousands of entries received by the India chapter of this event, from across the nation, ten were shortlisted for a final round. It was then laid open to the audience to vote, and four of the most popular projects were awarded a Rs 3 crore funding along with necessary support from Google.
These are the four social projects that made the cut:
1. Integrated water and sanitation systems for Indian villages
Social Awareness; Newer Alternatives, aimed their project at providing clean drinking water and sanitation infrastructure in rural India through solar-powered micro-ionising water purification and biodigesting technology. Here's what their pitch was:
2. Motorbike science labs to for rural kids
Dubbed as Agastya, this Bangalore-based NGO conduct the world's largest hands-on science programme for financially underprivileged children. Through an interactive and innovative curriculum they seek to empower and stimulate their thinking. Here's their pitch:
3. Improve agricultural training through audio visual training tools
Digital Green Trust , as it is called, hopes to provide Indian farmers with necessary agricultural skills to help cut costs and improve productivity with the help of a video hub and online knowledge base. They aim to reach out to over one million farmers across 10,000 villages.
4. Apps to connect citizens with the government
The Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy will be working on creating online and mobile apps which will allow users to provide detailed feedback to their government representatives. With this technology, they hope to reach out to 15,00,000 citizens across metro cities over the next three years. Here's their pitch:
Winners celebrated their victory on Twitter:
Omg! We won! @IChangeMyCity— Joylita (@Joylita) October 31, 2013
And as for the other finalist, it wasn't a complete loss either. Google awarded the rest of the finalist with Rs 1.5 crore each! These include: Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group; Shelter Associates; Pratham Books; Going to School Fund; Breakthrough and Prayas Energy Group. Needless to say, they were quite delighted, as reflected through their tweets:
@hpnadig Can’t win ’em all! But we did get 1.5CR so still won something.— Gautam John (@gkjohn) October 31, 2013
We didn't win BUT @google is amazing and gave all of us a consolation prize that ensured no one goes back empty handed— Breakthrough (@breakthrough) October 31, 2013
We didn't win but we didn't lose either! We are going home with 1.5m rupees..#MakeAnImpact— Sohini Bhattacharya (@SohiniBee) October 31, 2013