Google Wants to Give you $10 million

If you think you have an idea that could change the world, or the reality for many people, Google wants to hear about it. And, if they like it, they might pay you up to $10 million.

Project β€œ10 to the 100th”, in honour of Google’s 10th anniversary of helping you surf the web (and email and calendar and who knows what else these days), the internet behemoth is asking people to submit their ideas that will have broad impacts on people’s lives.

Google is attempting to set as few guidelines as possible, so while they do have the following category list, I particularly enjoy the final one.

  • 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.

So, how does it work? Well, once you’ve headed to the website, submit your proposal (along with a 30 second video if you wish) by October 20th. In January, public voting on the top 100 begins, winnowing them down to 20. These semi-finalists will then be judged by an advisory board, which will announce the top 5.

Got it? Good. Now get submitting!

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  1. John

    Its not quite as it seems — Google’s not going to be giving you the cash, on the contrary, they will be taking your ideas. From the fine print:

    “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 do I get if my idea is chosen? A: You get good karma and the satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of people.”

  2. carl e taylor

    I like the things that are starting to happen. I would like to get involved, I have some ideas of my own. How do I get people and or companies to lisson to me and help check it out and make the changes need to make it work. If there is anyone interested. My idea is about elect cars and how to keep batteries rechared.and a longer life.

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