Life-changing ideas win Google Impact Challenge
Two projects involving Oxford University technology are winners of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge, and will each receive £500,000.
The two projects are:
Smart glasses for people with sight loss to make the most of their remaining vision – a partnership between the Royal National Institute of Blind People and a research team in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences led by Dr Stephen Hicks, which won as the 'People's Choice' following a public vote.
Wearable acoustic sensors to track disease-carrying mosquitoes in Indonesia – a programme led by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, Malaria Atlas Project and the Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta, which was selected by a panel of judges as one of this year's three other winners.
Read more about the projects in our earlier story.
The Google Impact Challenge is a UK competition which aims to support non-profit organisations 'using technology to tackle problems and transform lives around the world'. It is run by Google.org – the part of the tech company which provides grants and support to non-profits – with support from NESTA, the UK innovation charity.
Each of the ten projects selected as finalists receive £200,000 to help take their vision forward. The four winning projects – one decided by public vote and the other three by a panel of judges – each receive £500,000. The judges include founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales and the entrepreneur Peter Jones of the BBC's Dragons' Den.