Recently Google.org hosted the Social Impact Challenge, which searches for and supports the next generation of Australians whose innovative ideas for change are making an impact locally and globally. Start ups and small businesses from any industry were encouraged to apply for grants from Google.org’s pool winnings of $5.5 million to kick start projects with a focus on social impact. Previous Australian winners include the Fred Hollows Foundation,  Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation  – all incredible organisations using technology to tackle some of societies biggest challenges. Previous Winners and Finalists of the Google.org Impact Challenge have gone on to do incredibly inspiring work in partnership with Google. myRadiant applied in June of 2018 in the hope to be recognised as a new and innovative player in the mental health space.

After an extensive application process, myRadiant won a $250 000 runner-up grant. On receiving the news, our team were extremely excited – not only because of the funding we would receive, but also, for the opportunity  to work in partnership with the bright minds at Google.org. Throughout the process we were priveleged to be introduced to various charities and for-purpose businesses doing incredible work in a range of diverse industries. For instance, Xceptional provide a digital platform enabling people with autism to showcase their unique skills and reach their full potential in business, Humanitix have a ticketing platform that donates admin fees to charities who empower girls through education in developing countries, and Murdoch University develop drones and dugong detectors that empower scientists to make better decisions about our environmental resources. 

On the final day of the Challenge, myRadiant were hosted at the Google.org offices, which was an amazing experience. If Google.org know how to do anything (let’s be real…everything) – it’s definetely hospitality! The Googlers welcomed us with a tantalising spread of tasty treats, #healthy wheatgrass shots, our own personal barista, and…don’t forget about the after event champagne! 

Snacks and drinks aside – we were given the opportunity to pitch our ideas in front of the 2018 judges – some phenomenal individuals, including the CEO of Google.org; Jaqueline Fuller, Australia’s Chief Scientist; Dr Alan Finkel, and the Chancellor of the University of Canberra; Professor Tom Calma, to name just a few. 

To see the drive, resilience and passion of each and every individual that made their pitch that day was undoubtedly inspirational. Each organisation was incredibly deserving and we are very grateful for the opportunity and experience that Google.org provided. 

For more information on any of the mentioned organisations above, please visit https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/australia2018

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