Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Global Impact Awards by Google - Cast your vote now

The Global Impact Challenge by Google

The Global Impact Challenge supports British non-profits using tech to tackle the world's toughest problems. There are currently 10 finalists which you can vote for.

Cast your vote by May 31 for the £500,000 fan favourite Global Impact Award. On June 3, a panel of judges will unveil the public vote, and select three additional non-profits as winners of the Global Impact Challenge.

It was found that although there were over 80,000 new tech job openings in the past two years in London alone, last year, only 3,420 students took Computing A-level in the whole of England. Out of those, 255 were girls. 

One of the finalists in the The Global Impact Awards aims to tackle this enormous skills gap by focusing on the roots of the problem. 

The CDI Apps for Good project

The CDI Apps for Good project is helping kids engage in the hands-on creation of apps. This in-school learning is supported by an online platform where students interact directly with designers, developers and entrepreneurs who volunteer their time and expertise.

The project focuses on low income and underrepresented communities. Over three years, Apps for Good will reach more than 175,000 students. Their main goal is to change the future of tech education and develop a new generation of tech entrepreneurs in the UK and around the world.

Watch there video below and help support the project by voting for them in The Global Impact Challenge by Google.

Age UK

Another interesting finalist for The Global Impact Challenge is Age UK.  Their project is to inspire older people to reminisce using technology, and in doing so; deliver digital training which will help them enjoy a happier and healthier later life. 

Their video below states that 1 million older people in the UK have not seen friends or family in over a month. And that technology can help reduce loneliness by providing access to invaluable online resources, as well as the ability to keep in touch with family and friends.

If you want to help with this project and help millions of older people connect then vote for them here:

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