The Google Impact Challenge awarded over $5 million
to 10 Australian non-profits with big ideas for a better world.
Australia top 10
Voting has closed. There was a virtual tie for the People's Choice Winner, and two organisations will receive a $750,000 grant. The remaining three winners were chosen by the judges.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation
A low-cost, autonomous robot to protect coral reef ecosystems
The Nature Conservancy Australia
Mobile technology to protect global fish stocks and people's livelihoods
The George Institute for Global Health
SMS-based support to help people with chronic diseases lead healthier lives
Hello Sunday Morning
A personalised app to change relationships with alcohol
Centre for Eye Research Australia
An eyesight self-assessment system for remote communities
A web portal for pro bono legal services
Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA)
An information repository to drive shipping emissions transparency
The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre
A smartphone app to help parents identify autism
The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation
Community-driven literacy apps for indigenous languages
World Vision Australia
Heat-sensing fire detectors to save lives in Bangladesh
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
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
Director of Google.org
Director of Engineering,