Google today awarded $25 million in grants to a range of organizations to help them apply machine learning to fight some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Recipients range from New York City’ fire department, who wants to find ways to reduce emergency call response time, to an experiment to track air quality with sensors attached to mopeds in Uganda, information that may shape public policy.

The program is also an extension of Google’s AI for Social Good program, which provides and is researching how to provide .

More than 2,600 applications were received from 119 countries around the world, Google.org president Jacquelline Fuller told VentureBeat in a phone interview.

The news was announced today onstage at the Google I/O developer conference by CEO Sundar Pichai

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