Monday, March 30, 2009

Better Than Free Rice - Check Out Hoongle!

I'm always bragging about my students in this space. That's because they're awesome. Well, UR students in general are amazing. Here is the latest venture by some thoughtful UR undergrads. It's called Hoongle.

Hoongle is a socially conscious Internet search engine. For every search you do, 20 grains of rice are donated through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.

Here's how it works. When you perform a search using Hoongle, your search is routed through Google. So the results you see are identical to Google’s. The difference is that when your query originates with Hoongle, Google shares a portion of its revenue. This income is donated (less necessary operating costs) to the United Nations World Food Program, which carries out operations around the world to deliver food aid to those in need.

Here is a little inspirational math.
20 grains of rice x 2 searches a day x 365 days =
14,600 grains of rice.

You can learn more by visiting the Hoongle blog. Together we can make a difference. Go Hoongle!


  1. This is just wonderful. I'm sharing it with everyone at my school and making it my homepage.
    Thanks for posting.

  2. This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.