Google has revealed that it received so many projects designed to 'change the world', that it has been be unable to meet its deadline for producing a list of the 100 best ideas.

The scheme was part of Google's 10th anniversary celebration last September. The search-engine asked web users to submit ideas for projects that can change the world by helping as many people as possible. Users had until October last year to submit entries to the Project 10^100 (pronounced 10 to the 100th). Google announced it would shortlist 100 of the best ideas by this week, all of which would be eligible to receive funding from a $10m (£7m) pot put together by Google.

However, Google now says that it received so many ideas that it can't review them all and complete a list of finalists by its original deadline, said Andy Berndt, managing director of the Google Creative Lab in a blog post.

"The response we received has wowed and humbled us," said Berndt. "People sent in over 150,000 ideas, with submissions in all of the 25 languages for which we had a submission form. All of this reviewing and sorting has kept Googlers around the world quite busy."

The list of finalists is now slated to be posted on the project's website on March 17, when users can vote on their favourite project.

Google noted that the ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or not.

"Never in history have so many people had so much information, so many tools at their disposal, so many ways of making good ideas come to life," Google said.

"Yet at the same time, so many people, of all walks of life, could use so much help, in both little ways and big. At Google, we don't believe we have the answers, but we do believe the answers are out there. Maybe in a lab, or a company, or a university - but maybe not. Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you've observed, some notion that you've been fiddling with, some small connection you've noticed, some old thing you have seen with new eyes."

Categories for the competition include: community, energy, environment, shelter, health, opportunity, education and everything else.

Computerworld (US)

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