Google has revealed it will be offering four £500,000 prizes to charities in the UK that come up with the biggest and best ideas of how technology can change lives.
As part of its £2 million Global Impact Challenge, the IT giant will dish out the funding alongside a judging panel consisting of its managing director Matt Brittin, Sir Richard Branson, world wide web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, comms expert Jilly Forster and digital marketing professional Jacqueline Fuller.
Of the awards, three will be based on the opinion of the judges, while the fourth will be picked out by a public vote.
Mr Berners-Lee explained the internet’s contribution to economic progress has been much celebrated, but he feels “we are only scratching the surface of its potential to solve social and political problems”.
Applications opened today (March 25th) and ten finalists are set to be chosen in mid-May, before a final event takes places in June.
As well as being presented with £500,000, the winning candidates will receive Chromebooks and technical support from Google to get their project off the ground.