Google swamped with ideas to change the world

Google gets more than 150,000 ideas in 25 languages for projects that can "change the world".

So many ideas to change the world -- and so little time.

To mark Google's 10th anniversary last September, the company launched a search to find the best ideas for projects that can "change the world by helping as many people as possible." The Project 10^100 (pronounced 10 to the 100th) called for ideas to be submitted until last Oct. 20, and then the company would post what it determined to be the top 100 ideas by Tuesday. Those projects would be eligible to receive funds out of US$10 million pool set up by Google.

However, Google now says that it received so many ideas that it can't review them all and complete a list of finalists by Tuesday, said Andy Berndt, managing director of the Google Creative Lab in a blog post.

"The response we received has wowed and humbled us," wrote Berndt. "People sent in over 150,000 ideas, with submissions in all of the 25 languages for which we had a submission form. All of this reviewing and sorting has kept Googlers around the world quite busy."

The list of finalists is now slated to be posted on the project's Web site on March 17, when users can vote on their favorite project.

Google noted that the ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or not.

"Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life," Google says on its Web site. "Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big. At Google, we don't believe we have the answers, but we do believe the answers are out there. Maybe in a lab, or a company, or a university -- but maybe not. Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you've observed, some notion that you've been fiddling with, some small connection you've noticed, some old thing you have seen with new eyes."

Categories for the competition include: community, energy, environment, shelter, health, opportunity, education and everything else.

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