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!