The Google.org Impact Challenge supports organisations creating a better future through technology.
Our 2018 winners of the $5.5 million in grant funding have been announced! Thank you to our finalist organisations, public voters and members of our judging panel for helping to create a better future for all Australians.
Meet the winners
Each of our winners receives a share of $5.5 million in grant funding as they continue to help create better futures for all Australians.
Orange Sky Australia
Technology to help nonprofits track their impact on people experiencing homelessness.
Platform for people with disabilities to find, hire, and manage support workers who fit their needs and share their interests.
Event ticketing platform which redirects "resented" booking fee profits to solve social challenges around the world.
An anxiety-reducing app addressing the massive challenge of autism unemployment.
Dugong Detector, Murdoch University
Using drones, AI, and dugongs to monitor seagrass ecosystems affordably.
Data-driven algorithms match mental health professionals to help-seekers based on their needs.
OzHarvest Food Rescue Digital Platform
Mobile technology to reduce food waste drastically and to provide food relief to regional Australians.
Bringing Care Closer to Country, Diabetes WA
Combating diabetes in remote Aboriginal communities through telehealth technology and cultural co-design.
Breaking Good, The University of Sydney
Engaging high school students in STEM education through open source drug discovery programs.
Environs Kimberley and the KTLA
Pirra pani pi jara: Desert Eyes and Ears, a monitoring network to help Aboriginal Rangers better manage and protect biodiversity and culture.
About the challenge
The Google.org Impact Challenge searches for and supports the next generation of Australians whose innovative ideas for change are making an impact locally and globally.
This year, the Google.org Impact Challenge will award $5.5 million to nonprofit innovators and social entrepreneurs using technology to tackle our biggest social challenges.
Impact Challenge judges
Our 2018 finalists presented their projects to a panel of judges. Their selection, combined with the public vote, determined the winning organisations.
District Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, 40th Premier of NSW, Chairman of non-profit and community entities
Professor Tom Calma AO
University of Canberra Chancellor, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group
Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, respected Chairman and Director of listed public companies and non-profit entities
Dr Sarah Pearson
Chief Innovation Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, scientist, collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship advocate
Dr Alan Finkel AO
Australia's Chief Scientist, entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist, philanthropist and educator
Vice President, Google and President of Google.org
Vice President of Product, Google ANZ