Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Results of the Google Impact Challenge

The results of the Google Impact Challenge in which Pratham Books was a finalist are out! Sadly, we were not one of the winners. But Google very generously offered all the non-winners a cash award of 1.5 crores each. And this money will help us kickstart the idea we have.

Thank you ALL for all the support you've given us during the campaign (through facebook shares, tweets, blog posts, voting and more) as well as throughout the years.

We can't wait to get started with the project and will keep you updated. Meanwhile, if you've read our previous posts about the project and see a synergy between the work you do and the work we want to do, get in touch with us!

Four technology-oriented Indian non-profit organizations (NGOs) were awarded Rs.3 crore each at the Global Impact Awards on Thursday in New Delhi.

Governance centre Janaagraha, which proposed an app to connect citizens with the government; agricultural training initiative Digital Green, with an online platform to help farmers gain agricultural skills they need to lower their costs and increase their productivity; and the science and technology education group Agastya, which uses a network of motorbike science labs to teach kids in rural areas and train teachers were the winners of the top cash prize as well as 10 Nexus tablets each and the promise of Google’s technical support to help them scale and amplify their efforts in India.

The Google Impact Challenge asks NGOs working on social initiatives on how they can use technology to drive social impact and “make a better world faster”.

The panel of judges, who picked the three main winners, had a surprise for the six remaining finalists. Each was awarded a gift of Rs.1.5 crore to help scale their efforts.

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