Update on 3/16: We will unfortunately have to delay announcing the top ideas for Project 10^100 for a while longer. We've never managed a project like this and it's taken more time than we ever imagined possible. We apologize for our over optimistic assumptions about how quickly we could analyze all the ideas that we've received, and thank everyone for their patience. We'll continue posting updates on Project 10^100 here.
Everybody is looking for a breakout. Something that would propel them to the greatest heights of their career, profession, calling, or even their love life.
As a simple guy, with no formal education in engineering, science, mathematics or so, my chances of winning this is quite low. To tell the truth, I flunked freshman math during college. Shameful eh?
Rather than complaining about Google's processing of the applications and demanding for closure I would say that maybe Google should just scrap the whole idea. What whole idea? Google's project 10 to the 100th.
Because it is seriously flawed. Google people even admitted to this saying:
"We've never managed a project like this and it's taken more time than we ever imagined possible. We apologize for our over optimistic assumptions about how quickly we could analyze all the ideas that we've received"
What did you guys expect? 10 million USD. That's a lot of money for you to spend on something that you are not sure about. Go spend it in Google Wave development, or cloud computing, anything than this humongous project.
I say "JUST SCRAP IT"
It doesn't end there. There are many good ideas submitted out there that I believe would benefit a lot of people. Maybe not the most number of people, but a lot of people nonetheless.
So, why did I say "JUST SCRAP IT"?
Well, because your process of selection is inherently flawed. An act of selflessness should not be enticed by the lure of money. There.
See the contradiction? If you don't, then, then, do me a favor, go to the nearest water cooler, grab a plastic cup, put some cold water in it, raise your hand which is holding the cup and pour it over your heads.
Of course you can expect a bajillion submissions from the internet.
Of course you can expect several well funded organizations submitting their ideas too.
Of course you can expect a million magnet motor, free energy, gadgets and what not to be submitted.
You guys at Google brought it upon yourselves.
Well, I am not really being productive here aren't I?
Here's my suggestion, since you now technically own all of these submissions I suggest that you do this:
Open Source them bloody all.
Yeah, give away all that you have taken.
Cram these 150,000 ideas and put them in a nice simple website for other investors to bank on - under an open source license. So, rather than making Steorn, or some obscure inventor, free energy fanatic, water engine, cold fusion, will change the world guy, 10,000,000 dollars richer, you have done the world a favor and opened the best possibilities for everyone who can bloody hell do something about it.
See, solves your selection process problem.
By the way, my submission is just a plain and simple water distiller that uses evaporation. In fact a small tribe somewhere in Africa has made a device for it. So if by any chance you guys do not heed my sagely advice and push through with your failed selection process - and if I do win, I'd say give the 10,000,000 to that tribe. They probably need it more than I do.