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Google is giving Glass to 5 non-profit projects

Glass isn’t just for jerks. 


Taylor Hatmaker


Posted on Jul 10, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 11:44 pm CDT

Contrary to popular opinion, Google Glass isn’t just for Glassholes. Having doled out Glass to the tech scene’s deep pocketed and/or early adopting echelons, Google is now throwing its moonshot face-monster toward five projects more concerned with social good than DVF designer frames.

The Glass team just announced the winners of Giving Through Glass  a contest that will award five U.S. nonprofits with a Glass unit, a $25,000 grant, and the promise to connect each organization with the developers who can make their vision a reality.

  • 3000 Miles to a Cure (Brain cancer)

  • Classroom Champions (Students in high-need schools)

  • The Hearing and Speech Agency (Speech-language challenges, including hearing loss and autism)

  • Mark Morris Dance Group (Parkinson’s disease)

  • Women’s Audio Mission (Advancement of women in music production and the recording arts)

The #ifihadglass program arguably distributed Google Glass to a broader cross-section of folks with compelling applications for the augmented reality wearable last year. Still, it’s heartening to see Google throw more support toward non-profit projects with a social good slant.

H/T Project Glass | Photo via Geoff Livingston/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 10, 2014, 6:06 pm CDT