Google’s “Project 10 to the 100th” Contest

To celebrate its 10th birthday, Google has launched a new Project 10100 contest. The text below has been copied from the project’s web site. Read the Spanish here.

May Those Who Help The Most Win

Why this project?

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.

In other words, helping helps everybody, helper and helped alike.

The question is: what would help? And help most?

At Google, we don’t believe we have the answers, but we do believe the answers are out there. Maybe in a lab, or a company, or a university — but maybe not.

Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you’ve observed, some notion that you’ve been fiddling with, some small connection you’ve noticed, some old thing you have seen with new eyes.

If you have an idea that you believe would help somebody, we want to hear about it. We’re looking for ideas that help as many people as possible, in any way, and we’re committing the funding to launch them. You can submit your ideas and help vote on ideas from others. Final idea selections will be made by an advisory board.

Good luck, and may those who help the most win.

Category Descriptions

Here are the categories in which we’ll 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.

How it works

Project 10100 (pronounced “Project 10 to the 100th”) is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Here’s how to join in.

1. Send us your idea by October 20th.
Simply fill out the submission form giving us the gist of your idea. You can supplement your proposal with a 30-second video.

2. Voting on ideas begins on January 27th.
We’ll post a selection of one hundred ideas and ask you, the public, to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas. Send me a reminder to vote.

3. We’ll help bring these ideas to life.
We’re committing $10 million to implement these projects, and our goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.

Good luck, and may those who help the most win.

Submit your idea here! Deadline: Oct. 20!

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5 thoughts on “Google’s “Project 10 to the 100th” Contest

  1. I think this is a brilliant idea by Google

    I have even submitted an application!

    If you check the link in my name you will find a thread where I explain some of my ideas.

    I would be interested in hearing any feedback and wht people think of my ideas?

  2. I wish Google all the best with this great competition. Lets hope Google finds some world changing ideas. With all that is happening in the news today we need something.

    When you start to think about it, how do you truly help people? Our world is driven by self interest and greed. Full marks to Google for trying to stimulate the opposite – Altruism .

    Check out this blog where a group of people are trying to bestow to the world with a joint suggestion.

    http://www.kabbalahblog.info/2008/10/project-10-to-the-100-google

  3. My ideas are… i tell u in short way with much meanng ..if u think.

    1. Go back puranas… menas marriage relationship should b strong.. In India we hav Puranas.. Like Ramayana, Bhagavath geetha.. in that due to some problems Rama have to live away to his wife Sita .. then she thinks how Rama suffers without sita. this story was told by a poojari in a temple. at that time a woman, who is quarrelled with her husband and came 2 her fathtes’s home then immediatelyy she goes 2 her husband. soo .. if the family(relationship) happy.. then their kids wil b happy.. they grow confidentlyy. they can achieve anything.

    2. we should use solar energy in all vehicles cars, motor cycles.. heavy vehicles.. trains, even flights .. in our home lights also.

  4. Compusory education to children up to 10th class. due 2 this we can change the wolrd.
    govt. sholud provide scholorship to each student..monthly. so that their parents never object to send them to schools. and also in schools practical work should b there . after 10th every student have 2 live on his feet.
    we hav 2 improve their thining power. in every year we hav 2 conduct best idea contest in schools like these other also.

  5. Google project 10^100 collected 150,000 ideas. Unfortunately 149,900 ideas will never be seen by the world.

    To make sure your idea stay alive and shine, you can publish it on this website and trying to help the world.

    http://www.project10tothe100ideacollection.com

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