10^100th Voting

Project 10100 (i.e., “Project 10 to the 100th”) is an effort by Google to promote good-doing works. I mentioned it in Dec ’08 when I commented on a a story by Meagan Ellis of Materials World Magazine about a project by Edward Sazonov demonstrating the use of vibrations generated by passing traffic to charge a battery that would power a sensor and wireless transmitter. Project 10100 received > 150,000 proposals for good-doing works, narrowed the proposals to nn, and is now soliciting public input about which ones to fund.

Last fall we launched Project 10^100, a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Your response was overwhelming. Thousands of people from more than 170 countries submitted more than 150,000 (or around 10^5.2) ideas, from general investment suggestions to specific implementation proposals. As we reviewed these submissions, we started noticing lots of similar ideas related to certain broad topics, and decided that combining the best aspects of these individual proposals would produce the most innovative approaches to solving some very pressing problems.

The finalists are not as specific as I thought they would be, but they are interesting. Go to Project 10 to the 100th to learn about the projects and vote. Here’s a link for my earlier post.

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