I recently received an announcement that applications are being accepted for the 2016 UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge. I participated in the 2015 challenge as a judge and had a fantastic time watching demonstrations of all the incredible software prototypes that were built in a week’s time.
Unlike a hack-a-thon, UpPrize provides additional support and some initial funding for winning projects (and for some projects that may not have won but were too good to pass over). Nonprofit organizations, start-ups, established companies, students and government agencies are encouraged to apply.
This year, the challenge has two focus areas:
- Impactful Technology – Products and services that will improve nonprofit service delivery and/or the lives of vulnerable populations.
- Healthy Food – Products and services that will increase access to healthy and nutritional choices for vulnerable and underserved populations.
The UpPrize competition is sponsored by BNY Mellon, The Forbes Funds, Bridgeway Capital and Comcast Business.