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Google is marking its 10th anniversary by offering 10 million dollars for five of the best world changing ideas. After the submission deadline October 20th, 2008, a Google panel will announce 100 nominees on Jan. 27, 2009, to then be narrowed to 20 via Google user input, then to 5 by a Google board.

"Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life. Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big.
"In the midst of this, new studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people.
"The name 10100 is another way of expressing the number "googol," a one followed by one hundred zeroes. Our company's very name expresses our goal of achieving great results through smart technology that starts small and scales dramatically over time to have a tremendous long-term impact. Project 10100 is a similar attempt to produce those kinds of scalable results by harnessing our users' insights and creativity. We don't know what ideas would help the most people. This project's premise is that maybe you do." -- Google

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"I'd like to encourage all you energy enthusaists to submit something to Google for this challenge. Groups can't submit, but you can recommend groups or companies to carry out your idea." -- Sterling D. Allan (Sept. 27, 2008)

Contents

Official Website

Videos

Prize Announcement

  • (YouTube / GoogleVideos; September 22, 2010)

Contest Overview


(1.27 Minutes) Project 10^100 is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. (YouTube; September 22, 2008)

Details

Submission Deadline

October 20th, 2008:
  • What one sentence best describes your idea? (maximum 150 characters)
  • Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words)
  • What problem or issue does your idea address? (maximum 150 words)
  • If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how? (maximum 150 words)
  • What are the initial steps required to get this idea off the ground? (maximum 150 words)
  • Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it? (maximum 150 words)
  • You may also submit one YouTube video (max 30 seconds long) explaining your project. 

Enter the URL of your YouTube video.
  • If you'd like to recommend a specific organization, or the ideal type of organization, to execute your plan, please do so here. (maximum 50 words)


Video submission guidelines
Q
What can I include in the video portion of my submission?
A
You may include a video of no longer than thirty seconds to further explain or illustrate your idea. Please note that the video will be treated as supplementary material-- you still need to explain your idea in the text part of the submission.

In addition, your video must meet the following criteria:

(a) It must be uploaded on YouTube and available for public viewing.
(b) It must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is in appropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, indecent, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of the call for submissions.
(c) It must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, provincial or local laws and regulations the laws or regulations in any state where video is created.
(d) It must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party advertising, slogan, logo, trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement by a third party, commercial entity.
(e) It must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
(f) It cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party's publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
(g) It cannot be longer than thirty seconds If it is longer than this, only the first thirty seconds will be evaluated.
(h) Any text or speech in the video must be in one of the following languages: English, German, French, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Korean, Russian, Swahili, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, Hindi, Greek, Czech, Hebrew, Danish, or Thai
Category Descriptions

Here are the categories in which they will be considering ideas.

  • Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
  • Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
  • Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
  • Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
  • Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
  • Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
  • Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
  • Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don't fit into any category at all.
Q
Can an organization submit an idea for this project?
A
All ideas must be submitted by individuals. You may submit an idea on behalf of an organization you're affiliated with, but please note that we cannot guarantee your organization will be selected to implement the idea if it is chosen. Once we've selected up to five ideas for funding, we will use an RFP process to identify the organization(s) that are in the best position to implement the selected ideas. We will be providing funding to these organizations to implement the ideas.
Q
What if another person submits an idea that is similar to my entry?
A
The purpose of Project 10100 is to identify great ideas and bring them to life. If an idea is selected that is similar to yours, and it succeeds, everybody wins. That's the spirit of this program and we hope all entrants will embrace it.
Q
I know an organization that I believe can implement my idea if it is selected. What should I do?
A
The submission form includes a field where you can recommend an organization to implement your idea. If your idea is selected for funding, we will contact this organization when we begin the selection process for the implementation phase. Please note that this does not guarantee that they will be chosen to implement the idea.

Free Energy Initiatives to Vote For

In the News

  • Prizes > Google's 10^100 / Human-Powered > Pedal Power >
    Google Announces Project 10^100 Winners - Two years ago, Google asked for ideas for helping as many people as possible, receiving 150,000 ideas from 170 countries. $10 million will be split among five winners, including one energy project, Shweeb, a concept for short to medium distance, urban personal transport, using human-powered vehicles on a monorail. (Google Blog; Sept. 24, 2010)


  • Google To Fund Ideas That Will Change the World - This week, as part of their tenth birthday celebration, Google announced the launch of project ten to the 100th, a project designed to inspire and fund the development of ideas that will help to change the world. They have called on members of the public to share their ideas for solutions that will help as many people as possible in the global community. (Slashdot; Sept. 26, 2008)
  • Prizes >
    Google offers cash for world-changing ideas - Google is marking its 10th anniversary by offering 10 million dollars for five of the best world changing ideas. After the submission deadline October 20th, 2008, a Google panel will announce 100 nominees on Jan. 27, 2009, to then be narrowed to 20 via Google user input. (YouTube) (PhysOrg; Sept. 24, 2008)

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