Google Seeking Nonprofit Groups to Receive Glass Grants
Google is seeking applications through May 20 from nonprofits that would like a free Google Glass device to use in their work.In the wilds of Nepal, Google Glass is being tested by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a way to better track endangered wild animals and guard against poaching, under a testing program established by Google in 2013. Now Google wants to extend the use of Glass by other nonprofits that could benefit from the futuristic devices through a new competition that will award five organizations with a Glass device, support and more. "If you work at a nonprofit and have an idea for how to make more of a difference with Glass, share your ideas at g.co/givingthroughglass by 11:59 PDT on May 20, 2014," wrote Jacquelline Fuller, the director of Google.org, in an April 22 post on the Google Official Blog. "Five U.S.-based nonprofits will get a Glass device, a trip to a Google office for training, a $25,000 grant, and help from Google developers to make your Glass project a reality." The latest program is an offshoot of a program Google began in October 2013, when it began a Giving through Glass Explorer program to give a Glass device to five organizations, including the WWF, to see how it could help them in their work.
The WWF has been testing the Glass device it received under that program in the tall grasslands of Nepal's Chitwan National Park, where Sabita Malla, a senior research officer at WWF, "is hard at work protecting rhinos and Bengal tigers from poaching," wrote Fuller. "She spends her days collecting data about wildlife in order to track the animals, assess threats and provide support where needed."