Launched: Dec. 2, 2010

As trendsetters in tech-driven philanthropy, Google definitely raised the bar with its cloud-computing platform. Thanks to an open API and over 25 years of satellite imagery, Earth Engine supplies scientists and independent researchers with a variety of high-powered computing tools to monitor and measure environmental changes. The application is being used to detect deforestation in the Amazon and sustain agriculture in Mexico. We don't see Google dropping the axe on this one. At least we hope not.