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Google Impact Challenge closes in 3 days, go ogle $750,000 in funding

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Applications for the second Google Impact Challenge in Australia close on Wednesday 13 July, with Google calling out "any non-profit tech start-ups" that need funding to apply.

Do you have an idea to change Australia and the world? Google wants to hear it.

The company says that "whether it’s new technology to help domestic violence victims during a crisis or an innovative way to provide scalable health care for Australia’s ageing population", it believes that "technology can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges".

That’s why Google has announced "the Google Impact Challenge in Australia to support Aussie innovators in the non-profit sector who want to use technology to make an impact".

Google Australia’s direct of engineering, Alan Noble, said that "Australian non-profits can submit their technology-driven ideas to the Google Impact Challenge for the opportunity to share in $4.5 million of funding".

Noble said: “We’ll reward the four winning submissions with a $750,000 grant plus support from Google volunteers to help make each project a reality. The other six finalists will receive $250,000 each, as well as mentoring to kickstart their projects.”

The 10 finalists will be announced in October, and then Google will "invite the Australian public to vote for their favourite idea".

On October 26, a judging panel including David Gonski, Lucy Turnbull, Layne Beachley, Melissa Doyle, Alan Noble, and Jacquelline Fuller will select three awardees. The fourth awardee will be chosen based on online votes from the public.

More below, including how to access an additional $500,000 in funding. Please read on!

There’s also the The DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize.

This year, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is offering four additional $500,000 grants for projects that use technology to make a social impact internationally.

This DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize is provided by innovationXchange as part of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge and is particularly focused on how technology can reduce poverty and make lives better in the Asia Pacific region, with new international development solutions that are cheaper, faster and more effective.

Unless applicants choose to opt out, all entries into this year's Google Impact Challenge will also be considered for a DFAT grant.

Noble said: “This is second time we’ve run the Google Impact Challenge in Australia. In 2014, we supported 10 ideas with $3.5 million in funding – ranging from Fred Hollows’ low-cost mobile camera to detect and prevent blindness caused by diabetes to Infoxchange’s web app called Ask Izzy to connect homeless people with social services.

“Two years down the track, these projects have created a significant social impact and we hope this next round of funding will do the same.”

So, with entries closing on Wednesday 13 July, it’s time to get a serious move on and get your non-profit start-up entered!

Plenty more detail, videos of previous winners and plenty more, including how to apply at the Google Impact Challenge site here.

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