Monday, September 28, 2009


Last fall we launched Project 10^100, a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Your response was overwhelming. Thousands of people from more than 170 countries submitted more than 150,000 (or around 10^5.2) ideas, from general investment suggestions to specific implementation proposals. As we reviewed these submissions, we started noticing lots of similar ideas related to certain broad topics, and decided that combining the best aspects of these individual proposals would produce the most innovative approaches to solving some very pressing problems.

The result is the list you see below of 16 "big ideas," each inspired by numerous individual submissions. Which ones should we make happen? You tell us. Your vote for one of these ideas will help our advisory board choose up to 5 projects to fund, at which point we'll launch an RFP process to identify the organization(s) that are best suited to implementing them.

Thank you to everyone who has chosen to lend your energy to Project 10^100. Your idealism will inspire our own efforts to make these world-changing ideas a reality. So please cast your vote, and help us take this next step toward building a better world. Voting ends October 8, 2009.

Below are the 16 big ideas:

* Encourage positive media depictions of engineers and scientists
* Build better banking tools for everyone
* Work toward socially conscious tax policies
* Collect and organize the world's urban data
* Create more efficient landmine removal programs
* Drive innovation in public transport
* Build real-time, user-reported news service
* Make educational content available online for free
* Create real-time natural crisis tracking system
* Make government more transparent
* Help social entrepreneurs drive change
* Provide quality education to African students
* Create genocide monitoring and alert system
* Enhance science and engineering education
* Promote health monitoring and data analysis
* Create real-world issue reporting system

Give your vote, click here

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