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A better world, faster Impact Challenge Australia 2016

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The Google Impact Challenge awarded over $5 million
to 10 Australian non-profits with big ideas for a better world.

A better world, faster

Google believes technology can make a better world, faster. The Google Impact Challenge supports non-profit innovators using technology to tackle the world's biggest social challenges.

Google awarded over $5 million across 10 organisations to help bring their ideas to life. Five winning organisations received a $750,000 grant, and five additional finalists received $250,000.

DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize

The DFAT Technology Against Poverty Prize is a $500,000 grant provided by InnovationXchange as part of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge. The prize encourages non-profits registered in Australia to explore new ways of delivering social impact internationally, using technology.

InnovationXchange was established to catalyse and support innovation across the Australian aid program. It is particularly focused on how technology can make lives better in the Asia Pacific region, with new international development solutions that are cheaper, faster and more effective.


Meet the judges

The 10 finalists presented their projects to a panel of judges. Their selection, combined with the public vote, determined the five winning non-profits.

  • Lucy Turnbull AO

    Chief Commissioner of the
    Greater Sydney Commission,
    businesswoman and philanthropist

  • David Gonski AC

    Leading Australian Chairman of
    listed public companies and
    not-for-profit entities

  • Layne Beachley AO

    7x World Champion Surfer,
    Founder of the Aim For
    The Stars Foundation

  • Melissa Doyle AM

    Journalist, television and
    radio host, philanthropist
    and charity campaigner

  • Dr Larry Marshall

    Chief Executive of CSIRO,
    scientist, technology innovator
    and business leader

  • Jacquelline Fuller

    Director of

  • Alan Noble

    Director of Engineering,
    Google ANZ