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Google Lets Crowd Help Pick Winner in Google Impact Challenge India

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, October 22 2013

You have eight more days to vote for the fan favorite project in the Google Impact Challenge. Ten Indian nonprofit organizations have been selected as finalists by Googlers and, with help from the company, have produced videos that showcase their organization and their project. The four winning organizations—one fan favorite and three selected by a panel of judges—will be announced on October 31. The winning organizations will receive a Rs 3 crore (approximately US$486,690) Global Impact Award, 10 Nexus tablets and mentoring and technical support from Google.

The panel of judges includes three Google employees, wealthy Indian philanthropist Anu Aga and a representative of the Omidyar Network.

“In the venture world you sometimes come across an idea and just know in an instant that it has the break-through model, exceptional team and scalable business plan needed to make a huge impact on the world. Each of the 10 non-profit finalists has the potential to build a positive change in India. They only need support to do so,” said Ram Shriram, board member at Google and one of the judges for the Google Impact Challenge.

The projects range from mobile applications to educate children to digital mapping to improve sanitation in slums and digital resources to change gender relations and prevent gender-based violence. All of the videos are in English, which raises questions about who Google expects to vote for a “fan favorite” project.

This is the only iteration of the Google Impact Challenge currently planned.

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