Let’s just give people money…

Ok, Google is pretty cool.  And, they have a sense of humor (unlike Kia).  But the recently announced Project 10^100th is beyond awesome.  Have a good idea?  Lack the technical expertise to implement it?  We’ll give you money to get the job done and hook you up with the appropriate know-how (we are, after all, a search engine).

I, for one, have about a thousand ideas I need to dust off, spruce up, and submit.  I’m not going to list them all here, because then you’d steal them and win the prizes for yourself.  But, that being said, the spirit of this whole competition is about doing good stuff for the world.  So, if you have your own ideas, please submit them here.  The due date for project submission is October 20th, so get cracking.  And if you do end up working on a project of ultimate coolness as a result, remember the humble blogger who sent you on your way to funding.  Heck, I’d even volunteer for a project of ultimate coolness…


  1. George said,

    September 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    This contest is misleading!

    The money is NOT for people with the winning ideas!

    After the winning ideas are selected, Google will issue and RFP to find organizations that will implement your winning idea!

    If you are not the selected organization, you get nothing! Nada! Not even a dime!

    According to Google’s 10^100 website FAQ page, the person with the winning idea only gets “good karma”!

    Is this the American Way?

    Not cool…

  2. sedgehammer said,

    September 25, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hey George – thanks for the comment. I hadn’t realized the ‘winners’ would only be winning karma.

    Still, even if the funding had gone directly to the idea producer, I would’ve expected requirements in the rules that the money could only be used on the project, rather than to the idea producer personally. The whole point would be the money going to do some good.

    In addition, the ‘tons of ideas’ I have floating around in my own head typically aren’t implemented because I don’t have the time or inclination to set them all up from scratch. Money is largely available in the form of grants for many of the ideas I would have, so money has never really been the issue for me. Having some other reliable organization figure out the logistics is actually a relief. But there’s at least one pet project I want to implement on my own eventually, which is obviously not for this competition.

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