Fwd: Prize $ FOR Public Interest Computing

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Apr 18 2006 - 13:11:10 CDT

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From: RCostanzo@nea.org <RCostanzo@nea.org>
Date: Apr 18, 2006 11:42 AM
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To: kathy.dopp@gmail.com

Hi,

 If you think one of your computer volunteers has done a really
exceptional job, you may want to nominate him or her for this prize.

Richard "Rex" Costanzo
Sr. Research Analyst
National Education Association
202-822-7819
rcostanzo@nea.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Jason Sanders
Tides Foundation
415.561.6400
jsanders@tides.org

TIDES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER
MAJOR ANNUAL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Jason Sanders
Tides Foundation

415.561.6400
jsanders@tides.org

TIDES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER

MAJOR ANNUAL PRIZE FOR PUBLIC INTEREST COMPUTING

The Antonio Pizzigati Prize, starting this summer, will award $10,000
to a software developer whose work reflects open source values and
helps nonprofits succeed

 San Francisco, CA April 13, 2005 The unsung heroes of public
interest computing may soon receive much more of the recognition they
deserve, thanks to a new annual competition launched by the Florence
and Frances Family Fund, a donor-advised fund at Tides Foundation.

The new Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest
will honor individuals who, in the spirit of open source computing,
develop outstanding applications that help nonprofits become more
effective in their ongoing efforts for social change.

"Within the world of public interest computing, no significant prize
has up to now existed," said Tides Foundation Director of
Philanthropic Services Tod Hill. "The Pizzigati Prize aims to honor
people working in the field and help create real solutions for
activists working for positive social change."

Applications for the first Pizzigati Prize competition must be
submitted to Tides Foundation by May 4, 2006. The inaugural winner
will be named in June 2006 and receive a $10,000 cash award.

Judging the applications will be three widely respected leaders in
public interest computing:

Activist, philanthropist, and writer Allison Fine currently works
from the Hudson Valley community of Irvington, New York. She is the
founder of Innovation Network, Inc., a national project that has been
providing consulting, training, and Web-based tools for nonprofits and
funders since 1992. In 2004-2005, she served, as the CEO of the
E-Volve Foundation. Her new book, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in
the Connected Age (Wiley & Sons, September, 2006), explores the
intersection of passionate activism and the digital age.

Joseph Mouzon recently initiated and completed the merger of
Network for Good and Groundspring to form the largest nonprofit
technology service provider in the United States, a "TSP" that's
helping over 6,000 nonprofits generate $42 million in online
donations. He is currently serving as the executive director of
nonprofit services for this newly merged organization and oversees all
sales, service, business development, strategic planning, and
financial management activities.

Katrin Verclas is the managing director of the Innovation Funder
Network, an affinity group of funders exploring the use of information
and communications technology for social change. She also runs the
Secretariat of MobileActive (www.mobileactive.org), a global community
of activists and nonprofits using mobile phones in civic engagement
and advocacy.

The Pizzigati Prize honors the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early
advocate of open source computing. Born in 1971, Pizzigati spent his
college years at MIT, where he worked at the world-famous MIT Media
Lab and later the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. Pizzigati moved
to California in 1994, to work as a software consultant, and died the
following spring in an auto accident on his way into Silicon Valley.

More information about the Pizzigati Prize, including the judging
criteria, timeline and the online application form, can be found at
the prize Web site: www.pizzigatiprize.org.

Questions about this initiative can be directed, through this Web
site, to the prize administrator, Jason Sanders, Philanthropic Advisor
at Tides Foundation.

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 The Antonio Pizzigati Prize, starting this summer, will award $10,000
to a software developer whose work reflects open source values and
helps nonprofits succeed

 San Francisco, CA April 13, 2005 The unsung heroes of public
interest computing may soon receive much more of the recognition they
deserve, thanks to a new annual competition launched by the Florence
and Frances Family Fund, a donor-advised fund at Tides Foundation.

The new Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest
will honor individuals who, in the spirit of open source computing,
develop outstanding applications that help nonprofits become more
effective in their ongoing efforts for social change.

"Within the world of public interest computing, no significant prize
has up to now existed," said Tides Foundation Director of
Philanthropic Services Tod Hill. "The Pizzigati Prize aims to honor
people working in the field and help create real solutions for
activists working for positive social change."

Applications for the first Pizzigati Prize competition must be
submitted to Tides Foundation by May 4, 2006. The inaugural winner
will be named in June 2006 and receive a $10,000 cash award.

Judging the applications will be three widely respected leaders in
public interest computing:

Activist, philanthropist, and writer Allison Fine currently works
from the Hudson Valley community of Irvington, New York. She is the
founder of Innovation Network, Inc., a national project that has been
providing consulting, training, and Web-based tools for nonprofits and
funders since 1992. In 2004-2005, she served, as the CEO of the
E-Volve Foundation. Her new book, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in
the Connected Age (Wiley & Sons, September, 2006), explores the
intersection of passionate activism and the digital age.

Joseph Mouzon recently initiated and completed the merger of
Network for Good and Groundspring to form the largest nonprofit
technology service provider in the United States, a "TSP" that's
helping over 6,000 nonprofits generate $42 million in online
donations. He is currently serving as the executive director of
nonprofit services for this newly merged organization and oversees all
sales, service, business development, strategic planning, and
financial management activities.

Katrin Verclas is the managing director of the Innovation Funder
Network, an affinity group of funders exploring the use of information
and communications technology for social change. She also runs the
Secretariat of MobileActive (www.mobileactive.org), a global community
of activists and nonprofits using mobile phones in civic engagement
and advocacy.

The Pizzigati Prize honors the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early
advocate of open source computing. Born in 1971, Pizzigati spent his
college years at MIT, where he worked at the world-famous MIT Media
Lab and later the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. Pizzigati moved
to California in 1994, to work as a software consultant, and died the
following spring in an auto accident on his way into Silicon Valley.

More information about the Pizzigati Prize, including the judging
criteria, timeline and the online application form, can be found at
the prize Web site: www.pizzigatiprize.org.

Questions about this initiative can be directed, through this Web
site, to the prize administrator, Jason Sanders, Philanthropic Advisor
at Tides Foundation.

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