The Antonio Pizzigati Prize For Software in the Public Interest


Established in 2006, the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest annually awards $10,000 to a software developer who adds significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change. The Pizzigati Prize honors the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early advocate of open source computing.

Our Mission
Software developers who create, for free public distribution, open source applications and tools that nonprofit and advocacy groups can put to good use are making a two-faceted contribution to social change.

Our Application
The Pizzigati Prize welcomes applications from–and nominations of–single individuals. Those nominated for the prize should have developed a software product that is open source, as defined by the Open Source Initiative, and easily and widely available. This software must have already demonstrated its value to at least one nonprofit organization, and be a product that can be a value to multiple nonprofit organizations. Applicants will be evaluated on a range of criteria by an advisory panel that includes national leaders in public interest computing and past winners of the Prize.
Please visit the Prize Information pages for more information about eligibility, the application and nomination processes, and evaluation criteria.

Nominations are now open for the fifth annual awarding of the $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest, the nation’s top honor for software developers working with nonprofits to help forge innovative social change. The Tides Foundation will be accepting nominations for this year’s competition through December 15, 2010. The 2011 prize winner will be announced this March at the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) annual conference in Washington, D.C.Please visit the Prize Information section for full details on the nomination and application process.

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