Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Project 10^100 : 16 "big ideas"

Google has finally whittled down the more than 150,000 ideas submitted as part of its Project 10^100 to 16 themes that will compete for $10 million in funding. It's taken far longer than Google had originally anticipated, but the results of the company's 10th anniversary project to solicit ideas that could change the world are ready for inspection. Google is asking the public to vote on the most worthy of the 16 "idea themes" that it has identified from the submissions it has received over the past year.

“We hoped to capture the imagination of people around the world and offer a way to bring their best ideas to fruition. We were overwhelmed by the response — you sent us more than 150,000 ideas (approximately 10^5.2) in more than 25 languages and it took more than 3,000 Googlers in offices around the world to review the submissions,” Google announced. “We’ve pooled similar ideas into a set of 16 top idea themes aimed at addressing some important common goals, from making government more transparent to driving innovation in public transport.”

Because there were so many submissions, Google has decided to group them together into 16 different overall theme ideas. Also, they’re asking you to vote to help figure out which of the 16 themes the project’s advisory board should be looking at to pick the 5 projects that will get funded.

Here’s the full list of 16 themes to choose from:

- Encourage positive media depictions of engineers and scientists
- Build better banking tools for everyone
- Work toward socially conscious tax policies
- Collect and organize the world’s urban data
- Create more efficient landmine removal programs
- Drive innovation in public transport
- Build real-time, user-reported news service
- Make educational content available online for free
- Create real-time natural crisis tracking system
- Make government more transparent
- Help social entrepreneurs drive change
- Provide quality education to African students
- Create genocide monitoring and alert system
- Enhance science and engineering education
- Promote health monitoring and data analysis
- Create real-world issue reporting system

Voting will end on October 8, at which point the the advisory board will pick the five finalists which Google will then reveal. Then it will ask for proposals from individuals or organizations that want to help implement these ideas.

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