The deadline for Google’s Project 10 to the 100th is fast approaching, and the the last submission date is October 20th, 2008. The project is about changing the world and making the most out of new ideas to help people. There is just one minor problem with the program. Your ideas that you submit does not include any cash value, just a feeling that you helped.
The article also states that:
The goal, Google says, is to help people and to empower people to help others.
Google has committed $10 million to fund up to five of the best ideas, as determined by Google’s advisory board. The submission deadline is Oct. 20. On Jan. 27, 2009, the top 100 ideas, as determined by Google staff, will be presented for the public to vote on. The top 20, chosen by the public, will be winnowed to five or less by the advisory committee and announced in February.
What do contest participants get for their gifts of thought? “You get good karma and the satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of people,” Google says.
Google gets a bit more than that out of the deal. It gets thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars of free publicity out of its sponsorship of the contest. That’s the sort of thing Google, as an advertising provider, knows and values. Were Google’s interest purely philanthropic, it could donate $10 million without announcing its generosity to the world.
One would think that some small cash prize would be offered to the winner, since Google will reap the final rewards when the project is completed. What do you think?