Project 10 to the 100th
Project 10100 (pronounced “Project 10 to the 100th”) is Google’s call for ideas to change the world, in the hope of helping as many people as possible. In short, they think helping people is a good thing, and empowering people to help others is an even better thing. Here’s the long answer why they’re doing this. They have committed $10 million to fund up to five ideas selected by our advisory board.
10100 is another way of expressing the number “googol,” a one followed by one hundred zeroes. Our company’s very name expresses our goal of achieving great results through smart technology that starts small and scales dramatically over time to have a tremendous long-term impact. Project 10100 is a similar attempt to produce those kinds of scalable results by harnessing our users’ insights and creativity. We don’t know what ideas would help the most people. This project’s premise is that maybe you do.
Why this project?
Google said that, “Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life. Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big. In the midst of this, new studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people.”
In other words, they said that “helping helps everybody, helper and helped alike.” The question they now pose is: “what would help? And help most?”
They said that at Google, “they don’t believe we have the answers, but we do believe the answers are out there. Maybe in a lab, or a company, or a university — but maybe not. Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you’ve observed, some notion that you’ve been fiddling with, some small connection you’ve noticed, some old thing you have seen with new eyes.”
Google has narrowed 154,000 submissions down to 16 top ideas. And they now ask for the public which ones should they make real? They ask everyone to cast your vote, and help them help us change the world.
How it works
Project 10100 (pronounced “Project 10 to the 100th”) is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. They’re already had a phase where they asked for people to submit their ideas based on these categories. Here’s how to join in and help the cause.
1. You can vote on ideas from September 24 through October 8, 2009.
“We’ve posted a selection of the top ideas; now it’s up to you, the public, to choose the ideas you think are the best. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas for funding.”
2. They”ll help bring these ideas to life.
“We’re committing $10 million to implement these projects, and our goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing. Learn more about how the winning ideas will be implemented.“