Google Project 10^100 Calls for Ideas to Change the World


Google has just announced a new project:  Project 10^100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th"), which is a global call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.  Here’s how it works.  You submit your idea by October 20th.  Google will cull through everything and post 100 ideas.  Starting on January 27, 2009, the world starts voting on those to choose 20 semi-finalists.  From there, an advisory board will choose 5 finalists.  Then, Google will spend at least $10 M implementing those final 5 ideas. 

Recognize that Project 10^100 is a contest to find the best ideas.  After the ideas have been chosen, Google will use the RFP process to identify organizations that can implement them.  So, although you won’t get the money, you will get good karma and the satisfaction of potentially helping tons of people. 

Here are some categories you may consider:

  • 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.

What will your idea be?  I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with, so in the words of Seth Godin: Unleash Your Ideavirus!

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  • Anonymous

    Hey raise a point on my blog about the IP issues that might arise out of it, dont you think, Google could actually appoint a neutral agency to monitor the process.

    There is a clause that says google might not choose to implement the idea at all?


  • Brianne

    I love Google. They come up with so many ideas and ways to help. Sure they make tons of money, but I could care less – they obviously care and do their part to help the planet and people.

  • Michel Ebbli

    The best idea in the world is the one that puts humanity in the condition of eradicating poverty. You’d need to read the book I wrote to understand why I twist the arm of Mankind to urge the illusive “social racism” to disappear, because I know that my system can guarantee a cure for a new and treacherous disease which I’ve decided to call: MPS (Malignant Poverty Syndrome) I can prove it because it worked for me. In just a few words, the concept is really very simple. Start paying a buck more for everything you buy, because for every bargain that one reaps off the lives of the vendors, the rest of the debt will be collected with interests once poverty comes knocking at your doorstep.
    I am eager to bring my perspectives to the eyes of the world, because I know what’s next to come.
    Feel free to contact me through my email
    Michel Ebbli

  • toonie

    A Pollution Saving Proposal

    When we look for the development of hew technologies, which will hopefully reduce fossil fuel emissions, it is possible to look to the past. I am proposing to replace the diesel-electric train locomotive wirh a non-polluting “steam-electric” locomotive. I would like to give you an idea of how the system might work, and what modifications might be required to put the system in place.
    Existing diesel-electric locomotives could be refitted by removing the powerful diesel engine and replacing it with a steam generator. The steam generator would produce the electricity required to power the engine’s drive wheels. To heat the water used for producing the steam, I propose an electric furnace, in place of the old coal furnaces used i n steam locomotives during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
    I could list the components of the system, but, it would take too much space.
    A spin-off of this idea might be more important for cutting pollution–refitting the fossil fuel electric power plants to use electric furnaces to produce the steam for generating electricity. ///to fire-up the furnace, simply construct a dozen wind turbansaround the power plants. They produce five megawatts each. It simply does nto take that much electricity to boil water. Should I be the one to implement this plan, I would have to hire a bunch of engineers in order to get the plan started. I’m a philosopher, not an engineer. But, I do hope my plan has merit and will be utilized by someone, although it would have stiff opposition from all of the fossil fuel producers. They are the ones producing global warming and all of the health problems which our government tries to blame on second-hand cigarette smoke.
    Your friend, Walton M. Bagley, PhD
    103 Rita Blanca Trail
    Amarillo, TX 79108
    (806) 381-0354

  • Jonathan

    I think that this is a great contest.

    I have submitted my idea. My idea deals with creating a more incentive-driven health system. Think about it: wouldn’t you like to get paid for being healthy or be able to “trade” your health to other less healthy family members or friends. Sound interesting…then find out more at the URL website below.

    Also, full details can be found at

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