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Google Impact Challenge Finalists: Breakthrough, Pratham Books, SANA, Agastya & More

Google LogoGoogle has shortlisted 10 non-profit organisations in India as finalists for its Google Impact Challenge which intends to support a technology based social project with an award of Rs 3 crores. The company claims that the shortlisting was done by a team of Googlers from a list of non-profit applicants, based on the use of technology and innovation for social impact, how the award will be implemented and the plan for execution.

The winners will be announced on October 31, 2013, judged by a jury consisting of Anu Aga, Nikesh Arora, Jacquelline Fuller, Ram Shriram and Jayant Sinha. Voting for the fan favourite category is open on the website and the organisation with the maximum number of votes will win the award. Apart from the sum of Rs 3 crore, the winners will also be given 10 Nexus tablets and technical support from the Google team.

Following are the ideas that have been shortlisted from across different categories like education, health, women empowerment, sanitation, among others:

Digital toolkit to prevent gender-based violence: This is a project initiated by Breakthrough, a global human rights organisation working across India and U.S.A seeking to make violence and discrimination against women unacceptable. Using technology as one of the tools, Breakthrough intends to reach out to 5 million people in the next three years  years, in case it wins the Google Impact Challenge.

Monitoring dashboard to improve power supply quality: This project is being initiated by Prayas Energy Group. The company intends to develop a network of real-time sensors to monitor power supply provided by utility companies and collect data from 2,500 sites across the country over the next three years to hold utility providers accountable.

Mobile games & books to teach kids entrepreneurial skills: Initiated by Going To School Fund, the project is intended to create 21 open source mobile games in 4 languages and reach out to 3,20,000 kids in the next three years. The games will teach kids entrepreneurial lessons including business, economics, teamwork and communication.

Online marketplace to organise waste collection: Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group has initiated this project to develop an online marketplace with an integrated mobile app to connect waste collectors and waste generators in Delhi. The organisation intends to connect 1,600 waste pickers to collect waste from 200,000 waste generators, and manage 500 tons of trash from Delhi every day.

Digital mapping to improve slum sanitation: This project by Shelter Associates intends to conduct digital mapping of urban slums to identify service gaps for better infrastructural planning affecting the lives of 40,000 slum dwellers over the course of the next three years.

Video hub to scale agricultural training: Digital Green intends to set up a digital knowledge sharing platform for farmers to lower their costs and improve their productivity across 10,000 villages in India over the next three years.

Integrated water and sanitation system to promote healthy villages: Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives (SANA)’s project is intended to use solar-powered micro-ionizing water purification and biodigesting technology to improve water and sanitation infrastructure in Indian villages and provide 54 million litres of safe drinking water, biodigesting toilets to 10 villages in the next three years.

Network of motorbike science labs to educate rural kids: Agastya’s network of motorbike science labs will be staffed by trained teachers and equipped with requisite technology to address the lack of science equipment and digital resources for rural children. Over the next three years, Agastya intends to power teaching in 1,320 schools across the country.

Apps to connect citizens to the government: Janaagraha intends to create online and mobile apps to connect citizens to their government representatives in urban areas to provide feedback to them. The project intends to cover 15,00,000 citizen over the next three years.

Open source platform to create and translate children’s books: Pratham Books intends to develop an open source platform to create and translate 20,000 e-books in minimum 25 languages to enable 20 million book reads in the next three years.

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