Pizzigati Prize

Honoring Outstanding Software Serving the Public Interest

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In 2006, the Pizzigati family established the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.  The annual prize recognizes the achievements of individuals who have created outstanding software technology to serve the public interest.

The prize commemorates the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early advocate of open source computing who died in 1995, in an auto accident on his way to work in Silicon Valley.

As the first annual prize of its kind in public interest computing, this $10,000 award recognizes the most innovative open source projects and software developers working with nonprofits to help forge innovative social change. 

Past prize winners include: Open Data Kit, a modular set of tools that helps nonprofits collect data, via mobile phones, on everything from deforestation to human rights violations; the Open Architecture Network, the first open source software community dedicated to improving living conditions for the world’s poor; NewsRack, a web application that helps researchers and nonprofits accurately track the news and current events impacting their work; and Kalender, an open source application that nonprofits can use for planning and scheduling a wide variety of events.  

To help the Pizzigatis honor their son and recognize the most promising open source developers, Tides hosts the prize and provides the necessary infrastructure to annually administer the prize.  The Antonio Pizzigati Prize uses Tides staff to manage the nomination process for its advisory committee charged with selecting the annual winner.

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