Grab One of Google’s Golden Tickets 10 Million Dollars

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Google’s new idea contest is such cool throwback concept, that you half expect the finalists to be a gum-chewing chatterbox, a boob tube-obsessed cowboy, a spoiled daddy’s girl, a fat suspendered German and an every boy with a bad haircut.

Google’s deep pockets are funding Project 10^100 (“10 to the 100th”, the link can be found here:  http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html ) a community-engaging contest asking the global community to come up with ideas to make the world a better place. And you don’t need to be an engineer, physicist or magician to make this happen. According to the rules, you only need to come up with the idea, not actually build the rocket boosters or million-dollar mousetrap. Plus, the ideas don’t need to be technical at all; they just need to fit into one of the following categories: Community, Opportunity, Energy, Environment, Health, Education, Shelter…and (seriously) Everything Else. We figure our idea for a solar-powered, calcium-fortified chalk dust eraser falls into at least five of these buckets. Beat that!

Unfortunately, you don’t have time to lock yourself in a room, grow a beard and ponder the contest. That’s because entries are due Oct. 20. But all you need to do is describe your concept in brief and answer six easy questions – and you can answer in one of 25 languages. Google’s creative wranglers will whittle the entries down to the top 100 by Jan. 27, and then the voting will open to the public for one week online. The top 20 will be evaluated by a panel of mystery judges – which probably won’t include Sharon Osbourne or The Hoff – and five winners will named in February.

The project, which amounts to Google throwing a surprise 10th birthday party for itself, comes on the heels of Bill Gates’ TV commercials aimed at making him look like a real man of the people and community activist. The timing is no accident. Mix in the new browser wars, Chrome vs. Windows, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new Google commercial featuring founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin hanging out with Ray Romano. Sorry, Seinfeld.

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4 Comments
  1. docl

    September 25, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I am interested in registering for the contest. How do I get to this page?

  2. Craig (lapp)

    September 25, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I am sorry, I just realized the link wasn't working properly and I fixed it. The correct link to enter is http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html

  3. docl

    September 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I am interested in registering for the contest. How do I get to this page?

  4. Craig (lapp)

    September 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I am sorry, I just realized the link wasn't working properly and I fixed it. The correct link to enter is http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html

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