Build social change tech, win cash prize

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Have a bent for developing open source technology that can save the world? Need an extra $10,000 in your pocket? Read on.

The Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest is seeking nominations for core developers of products that provide significant value to the nonprofit social change movement.

The advisory panel recognizes team leads for a product that serves a demonstrated community need, is scalable for broader adoption, inspires innovation and advances the values of public interest computing.

Past winners of the Pizzigati Prize include:

  • Ken Banks — FrontlineSMS, a large scale text messaging system. (2011)
  • Yaw Anokwa — Open Data Kit — a data collection application for mobile phones. (2010)
  • Darius Jazayeri — OpenMRS, a medical record data application. (2009)
  • Barry Warsaw — GNU Mailman, the free mailing list management system. (2008)
  • George Hotelling — CitizenSpeak, a Drupal email advocacy module. (2006)

The cash grant is sponsored by The Florence and Frances Family Fund of Tides Foundation in San Francisco. The fund accepts both self-applications and nominations.

Software development can often unfold as a collaborative process, and we value this collaborative spirit. Any piece of software that goes through an open source process will, of course, owe its success to multiple people.

Even so, every product will also have a core developer. This prize is designed to honor that core developer. Should the core developer be, in fact, a small team, we ask that one person serve as the team representative for the prize nomination process.

Hurry, the submission deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern Time Oct. 31.