Launched in 2015, the challenge issued an open call to nonprofit organizations worldwide for ideas that use technology to expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. The thirty winners, who will split $20 million to develop their ideas, include e-NABLE, which was awarded $600,000 to expand on its 3-D-printed hand designs, improve their fit, and increase the number of people and range of needs that can benefit from its devices; Wheelmap, which will receive nearly $400,000 to create a global dataset of accessible locations for people with disabilities; Motivation, which will receive $800,000 to develop and test editable postural support designs that provide more accurate support to wheelchair users around the world; and the Dan Marino Foundation, which will receive $700,000 to develop an interactive solution that provides young people on the autism spectrum with job interview training.
"The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities set out to accelerate the use of technology to create meaningful change in the lives of the one billion people in the world with a disability," said Google project lead Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink. "We're eager to watch as all of the fund's grantees, selected from over a thousand submissions from around the world, build new solutions that will transform lives and make the world more accessible for all."
For a complete list of Impact Challenge winners, visit the Google.org website.