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Calling Japanese nonprofits to make our world better with the Google Impact Challenge
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Technology can make the world a better place, faster — whether it's Japan's “K computer,” a super computer that can simulate human-brain activity, or an online platform to raise funds for oyster fishermen affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Technology can improve the outlook for millions and we want to encourage more Japanese nonprofits to tackle problems through tech.
We’re inviting Japanese nonprofits to participate in the
Google Impact Challenge
and tell us how they’d use technology to transform lives. Four nonprofits will each be awarded a ¥50 million grant and receive guidance from Google. And one of these four grants will be dedicated to an innovative idea for empowering Japan's women.
Eligible nonprofits have 10 weeks to get their applications in online by 11:59 pm JST on January 9, 2015 at
A panel will review the applications and announce ten finalists on March 16, 2015. You’ll be able to get to know the top ten finalists then, and cast a vote for the project you think will have the most impact and should win the People’s Choice award.
At the end of March, First Lady Akie Abe, MIT Media Lab Professor Hiroshi Ishii, astronaut Soichi Noguchi, Change.org Japan Director Emmy Suzuki Harris, Google.org Director Jacquelline Fuller and I will watch the ten finalists pitch live. We’ll then select three winners, including the winner of the Women Will Award, based on their potential impact, scalability, and ingenuity. We’ll also announce the winner of the People’s Choice award.
We look forward to receiving your technology-driven ideas to make your community better and helping you make them real.
Posted by Miki Iwamura, Director, Google Japan Marketing
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