Google has launched its Global Impact Challenge in the UK and is looking to give away £500,000 to four non-profit British organisations that can demonstrate how they would use technology to transform lives.

The winners will also receive Chromebooks and technical assistance from "Googlers" to help make their project a reality.

British nonprofits are invited to apply online, and Google will announce 10 finalists by May 22. The finalists will be publicised and people across the UK will be able to vote for their favourite and even donate to the project, Google said.

On June 3 the top 10 will pitch their concepts to a judging panel that includes Sir Richard Branson and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Three awardees and a fan favourite will be revealed at the event, which will take place at Google London.

Matt Brittin, Google vice president for northern and central Europe sales and operations, said: "Technology can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges and we’re eager to back innovators who are finding new ways to make an impact."