Google Inc., a global tech giant, on Wednesday announced the launch of the Google Impact Challenge Nigeria, 2018.
The 2018 challenge, which is the maiden edition in Nigeria, will offer $2 million worth of grant funding to nonprofits in Nigeria through the challenge.
The Google Impact Challenge has supported ideas ranging from smart cameras for wildlife conservation to solar lights for off-grid communities to a mobile application that helps to protect women from domestic violence across the world.
According to the company, four non-profits in Nigeria stand the chance of winning $250 000 each while eight runners-up will each get $125 000. It says winners will be decided by a panel of local judges and a public vote.
Apart from the cash prizes, winners will have access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google, which they are free to take up should they so choose.
The Nigerian judging panel includes chairman CEO Channels media group John Momoh, chairman CEO, Zinox Technologies Leo Stan Ekeh, chief executive officer Parminder Vir, Rapper and CEO of Chocolate City Music Group MI Abaga, Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs Oluseyi Oyebisi.
Others are Philanthropist and Media entrepreneur Mo Abudu, Ex-footballer and founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation Kanu Nwankwo, Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners Eghosa Omoigui and Google Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.
The Challenge kicks off today (May 23) and will close on July 4, 2018, after which a final awards ceremony will be held during the week of November 26.