Google's Project 10100 — a contest celebrating the company's 10th anniversary — asked participants in September 2008 to submit ideas that could help change the world. Google is giving the five winners a collective $10 million to fund their projects. However, because there were more than 150,000 submissions, Google is still deliberating between 16 newly-released finalists.
Google says there were many similar ideas, so the 16 finalists are idea themes rather than specific submissions. Google has posted the finalists and is asking users to vote on their favorites by October 8, 2009. That input will be considered when the five winners are selected.
Once the winners are picked, Google will ask the individuals and teams to put together project proposals. Ideas include new public transportation technology, a news service updated by regular computer users, a genocide tracking system, and a natural crisis monitoring system. "We hoped to capture the imagination of people around the world and offer a way to bring their best ideas to fruition," the Google Project 10100 Team wrote in a blog post. "We were overwhelmed by the response. . . . It took more than 3,000 Googlers in offices around the world to review the submissions."
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