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Good news for ASPIRE with the announcement that it was awarded a $250,000 grant as part of the Google Impact Challenge. 

ASPIRE was one of a select field of 10 finalists in the Google Impact Challenge, an initiative that invites non-profit organisations to submit their innovative ideas that aim to change the world through technology.

Four projects each won a half-million dollar grant at a special event held today. The six remaining finalists, including ASPIRE, were awarded a grant of $250,000 to get their project proposals underway.

After the results were announced, the Director of ASPIRE Dr Ann Jardine said, “We are thrilled with the result.  The whole experience of being part of the Google Impact Challenge has been an exciting ride we wouldn’t have missed.  We have learnt so much along the way and we are delighted to win such a generous grant that will enable us to advance ASPIRE’s online presence.  The resources developed will add a new dimension to the ASPIRE program and strengthen our position at the forefront of our field.”

“I would like to thank all of the ASPIRE team for their contribution in pulling the submission together, generating publicity and assisting and supporting the preparation of the final presentation.

“I would especially like to thank all of ASPIRE’s supporters and friends across UNSW and beyond, who voted for our project.  In addition, a very big thank you to everyone who provided invaluable advice, assistance and encouragement during this venture.  I believe everyone’s contribution has made ASPIRE a real winner today on so many levels.  As a result, we feel confident the future holds bigger and better things for the program,” Dr Jardine said.

ASPIRE Hangout

ASPIRE’s submission - ASPIRE Hangout - aims to give young people from low socio-economic backgrounds access to engaging and interactive educational resources online, 24/7. The Hangout portal hosts video master classes, interactive workshops, online mentoring, tailored career planning tools and games targeted at challenging student’s expectations and perceptions about themselves and higher education.

The project proposal also features a Career Pathways Planning app to help guide students through the complexities of applying to and starting university.

Congratulations to the winners!

ASPIRE would like to congratulate the winners that were announced today:

  • Engineers Without Borders (Australia) and their bio-digesting toilets for floating villages in Cambodia; 
  • AIME, who are developing a Maths and Science game to engage Indigenous students in learning;
  • Infoxchange, whose app will link homeless people more effectively with social services in the community.  
  • The People’s Choice award went to the Fred Hollows Foundation.  Their ‘MARVIN’ camera project will enable people in remote areas to more easily diagnose diabetic retinopathy – a leading cause of blindness. 

Thank you judges!

As part of the challenge, representatives from all the finalist organisation had to make a one minute pitch to a high-profile panel of judges that included former NewsCorp Australia CEO Kim Williams, cricketer Glenn McGrath, world-renown photographer Anne Geddes, Director of Jaquelline Fuller and the Director of Google Australia and New Zealand Maile Carnegie.


ASPIRE is UNSW's outreach program that works with school students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds in 57 schools across Sydney and regional New South Wales. Its aim is to increase their educational aspirations and help them access a university education.



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