Google offers funding for AI projects that address societal challenges

Google AI Impact Challenge

Google AI Impact Challenge

Google is looking for the next artificial intelligence (AI) project or projects that will improve the society and environment.

AI, machine learning and deep learning have been the talk of the town for the last couple of years. While many have been riding on this wave to disrupt conventional tech solutions mostly for profit, Google is now looking at using AI for good.

The tech giant is launching the Google AI Impact Challenge to work with any non-profit, public charity, for-profit business around the world to drive social good. The range of ideas, which should leverage on AI, must serve to improve the society and to help overcome environmental challenges.

What Google will be bringing to the table to help selected organisations realise their projects include:

  • coaching from Google’s AI experts;
  • grant funding from a USD25 million pool;
  • receiving credits and consulting from Google Cloud;
  • joining a special Launchpad accelerator programme; and
  • getting support, tailored together with non-profit DataKind.

The considerations for each project should address:

  • how the proposed project will overcome a societal challenge;
  • how feasible and realistic is the plan
  • how the organisation intend to use AI for the project;
  • how can the project expand its scale beyond the initial proposal; and
  • how the proposed use of AI aligns with Google’s AI Principles?

Organisations have until 22 January 2019 to submit their applications for review, and it will announce the grant recipients in the second quarter (spring).

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