Project 10^100

Project 10^100

9/24/2008 08:47:00 AM
If you could suggest a unique idea that would help as many people as possible, what would it be?

It's a question worth considering. 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. Yet at the same time so many people (in all walks of life) could use some help, in small ways and big. In the midst of this, new studies are reinforcing the timeless wisdom that beyond a basic level of material wealth, the only thing that seems to increase individual happiness is... helping other people. In other words, help helps everybody.

But what would help, and what would be most helpful? 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 -- or 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 way of doing something that you've seen with new eyes.

To mark our 10th birthday and celebrate the spirit of our users and the web, we're launchingProject 10^100 (that's "ten to the hundredth") a call for ideas that could help as many people as possible, and a program to bring the best of those ideas to life. CNN will be covering this project, including profiles of ideas and the people who submit them from around the world. For a deeper look, follow along at Impact Your World.

Ideas are due by October 20, 2008. Get started submitting your own ideas, and come back on January 27th to vote on ideas from others. We hope you feel inspired enough to try. Good luck, and may the ones who help the most win.

Posted by Andy Berndt, Managing Director, Google Creative Lab

Google慶十歲 3.2億徵改變世界點子
聯合新聞網 2008/09/25
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Google以一個簡單的點子起家,現在懸賞一千萬美元 (台幣3億2000萬元)徵求改變世界的點子,或者是能幫助最大多數人的點子,為公司十歲生日誌慶。

Google在其網站貼文表示,Google的名稱說明了公司目標,就是從小觀念開始,運用聰明的科技達成重大結果,久而久之形成巨大的長程衝擊。

為慶祝公司本月7日創辦十周年,Google成立一個徵求點子的「10100計畫」 (念成10的一百次方)。10的一百次方是Google名稱在數學上的值,有無限遠大之意。

活動10月20日截止,Google員工由一個顧問委員會協助,在2009年1月27日前從收件中選出一百個點子,公布給所有Google用戶投票,「民選」20個準決賽點子,再由專家小組決選,2月中旬宣布贏家。

頒獎5月舉行。贏家最多五位,如果真有五位,則每位各得二百萬美元,如果是兩位,則兩人平均,以此類推。Google網站說,贏家除了拿獎金,還「造了善業善因緣,因為你的點子可能真的幫助很多人」。

點子原則上不拘種類,但有七類可以優先考慮,即社群團體、生活機會、能源需求、環保、衛生、教育、平安生活,第八類是「其他任何點子」。

評分標準包括影響度 (可能造福多少人)、深度 (可能的影響多深遠、問題迫切度多高)、執行度 (一兩年內實現)、效益 (簡易而效果大)等等。Google並鼓勵交件附上YouTube短片說明。應徵的點子不必驚天動地,Google提供一個例子供你參考:「河馬」滾輪狀 水桶,一個可裝24加侖水的滾桶,安上活動推桿,在非洲一些缺水區,小孩子也能運水。

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