Google is starting a new contest called "Project 10 to the 100th". It's an open call for ideas on which users will vote in January. Google will put the best ideas in motion by contributing at least $10 million for up to five selected ideas.
Why "project 10 to the 100th"? 10 to the 100th is another way of expressing the number "googol," a one followed by one hundred zeroes. Our company's very name expresses our goal of achieving great results through smart technology that starts small and scales dramatically over time to have a tremendous long-term impact. Project 10100 is a similar attempt to produce those kinds of scalable results by harnessing our users' insights and creativity. We don't know what ideas would help the most people. This project's premise is that maybe you do. -- project FAQ
There is no monetary prize, but if your idea is selected, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped change the world for the better.
Ideas must be submitted by October 20th, and voting kicks off on January 27th.