4 Amazing Nonprofits Get $50,000 NVIDIA Grants

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The votes are in, and four nonprofit organizations tackling sex trafficking, promoting clean water, supporting education for girls and helping U.S. veterans have each been selected to receive $50,000 grants from the NVIDIA Foundation, our employee-led corporate foundation.

It’s no wonder our High Impact Grant Program, which has awarded nearly $1 million to more than 20 organizations in its five years, is one of the foundation’s biggest and most popular initiatives. It keeps employees engaged every step of the way: they’re the ones who nominate the organizations, review grant applications and vote on who receives the grants.

This year, NVIDIANs around the world nominated 71 organizations from 17 countries. More than 35 employees sat on the review committee and narrowed down the submissions to 10 finalists.

More than 2,400 NVIDIANs then took to the virtual voting booths to make the four organizations below this year’s High Impact Grant Program recipients.

Aqua Clara International 
Kenya, Africa

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Aqua Clara International (ACI) works to establish sustainable, locally owned businesses that provide affordable, clean water and other health products for families in Kenya living on less than $2 a day. Our grant will help ACI train staff and affiliates to promote good practices for water, sanitation and hygiene in schools and households, and to create water sanitation centers and businesses, ultimately providing over 5,500 people with clean water.

Mahindra Foundation
India

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The Mahindra Foundation’s Project Nanhi Kali provides educational scholarships for girls to encourage them to attend school. Education correlates with reduced chances of child and maternal mortality, improved child nutrition and health, as well as better economic production and female empowerment. Our grant will help educate 185 underprivileged girls in grades 6-10 for three years, improving their future prospects. 

Prajwala
India

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Prajwala works to halt sex trafficking by partnering with groups dedicated to preventing and prosecuting the illegal trade. Prajwala also helps heal victims of sexual slavery and reintegrate them into society. Our grant will serve 150 victims by helping expand Prajwala’s approach to sex-trafficking rehabilitation, which creates healing environments for adult victims; provides literacy classes, livelihood training and life skills education; and facilitates civic empowerment and social reintegration. 

Veterans Supportive Services Agency 
Silicon Valley, California, USA

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The Veterans Supportive Services Agency, Inc. (VSSA) provides lifetime supportive services to Silicon Valley veterans and their families, allowing them to live with independence and dignity. Our grant will allow the VSSA to hire two part-time staff to help 200 veterans file claims for compensation and benefits, and strengthen a program that recruits others to support veterans.

We know they’re going to have a transformational impact on the people they serve.

Update: We’ve removed a link to Aqua Clara’s web site because it redirected users away from that site and to a third-party Web site that could potentially expose users to a virus.  

Android Games You Can Play On SHIELD Right Now

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A great gaming device deserves amazing games. This is just one of the reasons we pre-loaded every SHIELD with Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II – at a silky smooth 60 FPS – and Expendable: Rearmed.

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Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II: pre-loaded with every SHIELD.

But it doesn’t stop there. Not even close.

A host of talented development studios, from around the world, have delivered big time with their games for Tegra devices. With 35 SHIELD games optimized for Tegra and over 65 additional Android games with built-in controller support, gamers will have non-stop entertainment on the go.

So let’s take a look at what you have to look forward to.

Five Brand Spankin’ New Games Went Live Today

Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin
Developer:  OneQ Soft

Unveiled at CES, this action-packed role-playing game has come a long way. Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin is set in an ancient, magical world. This gorgeous looking game has been optimized for Tegra 4 devices, including SHIELD, with high resolution textures, dynamic shadows, normal maps and realistic smoke and fire effects.

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Choplifter HD
Developer: inXile

Choplifter HD players take on the role of an up-and-coming rescue pilot asked to join an elite, international helicopter rescue team. Pilots are trained to command a variety of helicopters deployed on more than 30 different missions.

Combining reality with elements of fantasy, missions will range from captured military prisoner extraction to saving survivors of viral outbreaks. Pilots must bank, hover, touch-down and sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make their rescue and complete their mission. Choplifter HD dares players to risk their lives to save others.

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Chuck’s Challenge 3D
Developer: Niffler

From the design genius behind the classic Chip’s Challenge, comes Chuck’s Challenge 3D, a fiendishly addictive puzzler that’s packed with features that will tease the brain and challenge the fingers. You take Woop, a puzzle-lovin’ alien capable of altering time and space, through countless levels and see where your times rank on the online leaderboard.

The game also comes with a level editor that lets you create, upload and share your custom levels for everyone to play and rate, all from within the game.

The team at Niffler was particularly impressed with SHIELD, noting that “NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor allowed us to add special effects to Chuck’s Challenge 3D which normally would be reserved for PC & Mac, such as real-time shadows and refractive water. NVIDIA, as we see with SHIELD, continues to blur the line between desktop and mobile gaming.”

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Space Ark
Developer: Strawdog Studios

Join the Arkonauts as they bounce their way across the universe and discover grey, broken worlds and collect precious crystals that allow them to terraform new landscapes. You’ll progress through 30 missions across five diverse worlds by unlocking powerful weapons, crystal upgrades and planetary shields.

Strawdog’s Technical Honcho, Simon Morris, commented on how great the game looks with the power of Tegra processors: “With hundreds of 3D objects on screen, rich animated worlds and characters, all rendered with real-time lighting and gazillions of particles, NVIDIA Tegra really gives some serious bang for buck.”

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Tainted Keep
Developer: Ravn Studios

Find out what dark and sinister evil awaits in this console-quality sword and spell dungeon crawler. The once idyllic village of Greenhaven is now a near lifeless husk, the souls of its inhabitants having been drained by the powerful wizard Morg, who has used them to create the abominations that now occupy the mighty keep that was once the source of protection for the village. As Xobia, enter the keep to find the source of Morg’s power and put an end to the misery that has been unleashed on the hapless village.

Ravn Studio’s CEO, Stine Waern, had high praise for what SHIELD is capable of, “SHIELD is it by far the fastest mobile device we’ve worked on and it lets us put console-quality graphics on a handheld device!”

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Play The Best – Tegra-Optimized For SHIELD

In addition to the titles available for the first time, a number of existing TegraZone games have SHIELD support. Many feature new Tegra enhancements.

In addition to all the great Tegra-optimized titles, there are a ton of additional games currently available on Google Play that feature controller support and play well on SHIELD.

The full list can be found on the SHIELD website at http://shield.nvidia.com/play-android-games/.

Game. On.