Google Launches Global Impact Awards To Support Organizations Using Technology To Make The World Better

Google has announced the Global Impact Awards.  The Global Impact Awards supports organizations that uses technology and innovative approaches to take on some of the toughest challenges for helping mankind.  Some of the organizations that are supported have developed real-time sensors to monitor clean water and DNA barcoding to stop wildlife trafficking.  The first round of awards is going towards providing $23 million to organizations that are changing the world.

 

charity:water

charity:water will be using its $5 million Global Impact Award to install remote sensors at 4,000 water points across Africa by 2015 to monitor and record actual water flow rate to ensure the better maintenance and access to clean water for 1 million people.

Consortium for the Barcode of Life

The Consortium for the Barcode of Life will be using their $3 million Global Impact Award to work with researches in 6 developing countries to create and implement DNA barcoding.  The Consortium for the Barcode of Life helps more than 2,000 endangered species.

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is using their $5 million Global Impact Award to work with the College Board and provide public schools in the U.S. with startup materials needed for creating new AP science and math courses.  DonorsChoose.org helps girls and disadvantaged students pursue math and science in college.

Equal Opportunity Schools

Equal Opportunity Schools will be using its $1.8 million Global Impact Award for identifying 6,000 high-performing and underrepresented students to move them into advanced classes.  The students will be identified using data analytics.

Geena Davis Institute

The Geena Davis Institute wil be using their $1.2 million Global Impact Award to support the development of automated technology to analyze female portrayals in children’s media.

GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly will be using their $2.4 million Global Impact Award to scale its model of direct cash transfers to help lift people out of poverty.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund will be using the $5 million Global Impact Award to adapt and implement specialized sensors and for tagging wildlife.  Illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth $7-$10 billion annually and they are focused on helping endangered species and fixing damaged ecosystems.

[Google Blog]

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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