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Google Impact Challenge: Technological Innovation for Positive Change for People with Disabilities

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Google.org is looking for the biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. It is seeking exciting and innovative ideas through an open call for proposals.

Exciting ideas are already becoming a reality. For instance, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software, and remote hearing diagnostics are part of a wave of current innovations that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities. Ideas submitted through this open call should:

  • Be transformative and address not only the change you seek for your organization, but also the change you want to see in the world. In 10 years, if your idea were to be wildly successful, how would the lives of people with disabilities be different?
  • Apply technology in a way that is innovative and effective. Technology shouldn’t just make your existing work more efficient; it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches. Ideas that involve the development of cutting-edge technology are of interest, but innovative applications of existing technology are also welcome.
  • Articulate a way in which your idea could ultimately reach a large number of people.
  • Be implemented by teams that are strong and nimble enough to complete the work proposed.

Amount: Google has committed $20,000,000 to this challenge. It will award grants of up to $1,000,000 each.

Eligibility: Nonprofits and public charities from any country with current tax exempt status.

Link: http://get.google.com/disabilitiesimpactchallenge/open-call.html

Note: Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with the final deadline being September 30, 2015.

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