New $4m crisis response fund will focus on technology

Technology giant Google is setting up a $4 million fund to support technology-driven projects building long-term resilience to bushfires and other crises.

Google Australia managing director Mel Silva said in a blog post that the new Crisis Response and Recovery fund will finance projects creating innovative technology focusing on artificial intelligence.

Google Australia interim head of communications Katrin Maurer said: “As core requirements for the fund, projects have to be focused on Australian crisis response (including prevention) and recovery, and digital technology should play an indispensable role in the project”.

Projects will be assessed and chosen by a panel of technology experts. To find out more, email