Here are the 10 finalists in the running for the Google Impact Challenge and a share in $5.5 million

Aussie’s James Symond serves an elderly woman at the OzHarvest CEO Cookoff at Barangaroo in Sydney. Picture: Getty Images

Australia’s 10 most promising non-profit innovators have been invited to pitch to judges for a chance to land $1 million from Google.

Google today announced the 10 finalists in its third annual Impact Challenge. The program aims to support non-profit innovators that use technology to tackle the world’s biggest social challenges.

The Australian finalists will share in $5.5 million, with grants of up to $1 million available to the winners and runners-up receiving $250,000.

Google will also open up a public vote for a $1 million People’s Choice prize.

The finalists will gather at the Google Impact Challenge Finale Event in Sydney on November 1, where a panel of judges including Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel will hear pitches and award the winners.

Here are the 10 finalists:

Radiant, RASE

Data-driven algorithms match mental health professionals to help-seekers based on their needs.


Platform for people with disabilities to find, hire, and manage support workers who fit their needs and share their interests.

OzHarvest Food Rescue Digital Platform

Mobile technology to reduce food waste drastically and to provide food relief to regional Australians.


Improving access to events for people with disabilities through cognitive technologies and by redistributing booking fees to reduce global inequality.

Orange Sky Australia

Technology to help nonprofits track their impact on people experiencing homelessness.


An anxiety-reducing app addressing the massive challenge of autism unemployment.

Dugong Detector, Murdoch University

Using drones, AI, and dugongs to monitor seagrass ecosystems affordably.

Environs Kimberley and the KTLA

Pirra pani pi jara: Desert Eyes and Ears, a monitoring network to help Aboriginal Rangers better manage and protect biodiversity and culture.

Breaking Good, The University of Sydney

Engaging high school students in STEM education through open source drug discovery programs.

Bringing Care Closer to Country, Diabetes WA

Combating diabetes in remote Aboriginal communities through telehealth technology and cultural co-design.

You can read more about them here at the Impact Challenge website.

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