Google has highlighted the four projects that have won its UK Global Impact Challenge development contest.
The company said that the four winners would each receive £500,000 out of a £2m reward fund to help drive their projects. Three of the winners were selected by a judging panel, which includes Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Richard Branson, while a fourth was selected by a public vote.
The three panel-selected winners cover areas including solar power, developer education and public infrastructure management. The fourth project, backed by the London Zoological Society, was selected by the public.
Among the projects was SolarAid, a solar-powered light project for developing nations, and Integrity Action, an infrastructure model for restoring services in conflict zones. A third project, CDI Apps for Good, will aim to teach coding and development techniques to children.
The Zoological Society, meanwhile, won over the public vote with a project that will add remote sensors for the camera tracks the Society uses to track animal behaviour and catch poachers.
In addition to the advertised rewards, Google said that it would be supplying the six finalists who didn't win with some additional funding to start their projects.
Google Giving director Jacquelline Fuller said: “We believe technology can change the world, and entrepreneurial nonprofits are a big part of that equation. So to help the six additional finalists further develop and kick-start their projects, we’ve provided each with £100,000 in seed funding.”
Helping to seed the growth of a startup community in the UK has been a top priority both in the government and private investment spaces. The Tech City project in London is aiming to establish the UK as another Silicon Valley, sparking the creation of innovative new companies.
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