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[liberationtech] FW: Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest

Deborah Elizabeth Finn deborah_elizabeth_finn at post.harvard.edu
Fri Oct 14 09:35:32 PDT 2011


(Dear Colleagues and Friends:  Please consider nominating your
nonprofit technology hero for the Pizzigati Prize!  I had the honor of
nominating Peter Deitz last year for his role in developing
SocialActions.com, and even though he didn't win, it was a great
experience to reflect on and articular what it means to use one's geek
powers for good.  Best regards from Deborah)



-----original message-----
From: Harris Kornstein <HKornstein at tides.org>
Subject: Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest
To: "deborah.elizabeth at finn.com" <deborah.elizabeth at finn.com>

Nominations Open for Nation’s Top Honor in Public Interest Computing

Tides Pizzigati Prize will award $10,000 to an open source software
developer whose work is helping nonprofits succeed

San Francisco, CA – Nominations have now opened for the sixth annual
Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest, the
nation’s highest honor for software developers working with nonprofits
to help advance innovative social change.

Tides is now accepting nominations for this year’s $10,000 prize
through October 31. The 2012 winner will be announced in April at the
Nonprofit Technology Network annual conference in San Francisco.

Each year, starting in 2006, the Pizzigati Prize has accepted
nominations for talented and creative individuals who develop open
source software products that demonstrate impressive value to the
nonprofit sector.  Tides welcomes nominations from both developers and
the nonprofits who work with them.

The most recent Pizzigati Prize winner, Ken Banks, created software
that speaks directly to the reality that millions of people globally
have only simple mobile phones and no access whatsoever to the
Internet. The software Banks has developed turns mobile phones into
grassroots organizing tools for everything from mobilizing young
voters to thwarting thieving commodity traders.

The 2010 Pizzigati Prize winner, Yaw Anokwa, led the development on
Open Data Kit, a modular set of tools that’s helping nonprofits the
world over on a wide variety of battlefronts, from struggles to
prevent deforestation to campaigns against human rights violations.

"Open source software developers like these fill an indispensable
role," explains Tides Chief of Staff Joseph Mouzon, a Pizzigati Prize
judge and the former Executive Director of Nonprofit Services for
Network for Good. "The Pizzigati Prize aims to honor that contribution
— and encourage programmers to engage their talents in the ongoing
struggle for social change."

The Pizzigati Prize honors the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early
advocate of open source computing. Born in 1971, Tony spent his
college years at MIT, where he worked at the world-famous MIT Media
Lab. Tony died in 1995, in an auto accident on his way to work in
Silicon Valley.

Full details on the Pizzigati Prize, the largest annual award in
public interest computing, appear online at www.pizzigatiprize.org.

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About Tides

Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages
individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively
impact local and global communities. Tides pursues multiple, related
strategies to promote this mission. From green nonprofit centers to
programmatic consulting, donor advised funds to fiscal sponsorship,
grants management to risk management and more, Tides gives members of
the nonprofit and philanthropic community freedom to focus on the
change it wants to see. For more information on Tides visit
www.tides.org.

Harris Kornstein
Communications Specialist
Tides
[t] 415.561.6354 [f] 415.561.6401
www.tides.org



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