Google's here to help.
We're looking for students who want to build software to make their community a better place. Maybe you want to work with a local charity to improve their website, or build an online tool to help people understand the issues affecting their country, using all the great data that's out there? We'd like to encourage you to try, and gain valuable experience along the way.
Tell us about your plan, and if we it has potential, and that you'll be able to make it happen, we'll give you £1500 to help out. Come back in four months and tell us how it went (whether it worked out or not), and we'll give you another £1500. We're calling it the Interactivism Award.
Sounds great!......but I can't think of an idea.
Don't worry - we can help there too. We're organising a series of events over the coming months to help people trying to do good meet the students who could help them. We'll also bring along some Google engineers to provide technical advice. Our first event is in June, in partnership with FutureGov. Simply sign up for two days of inspiring ideas and hacking (and, of course, free food and beer). If you're interested in future events, join our mailing list, or keep an eye on our European Developer blog.
Our initial events will be in the UK - the Interactivism Award is still in beta. If it's successful, we'll run events in more places, and issue more calls for applications.
How do I apply for an Interactivism Award?
To apply for an Interactivism Award, you should prepare the following:
To be eligible for the award, you must be a student. Google defines a student as an individual enrolled in or accepted into an accredited institution including (but not necessarily limited to) colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs and undergraduate programs. Computer Science does not need to be your field of study in order to participate in the program.
The software you write should be made available under an Open Source Initiative approved license - we'd like as many people as possible be benefit from what you do.