Three Online Competitions Seek Collaborative, Innovative Solutions to Entrenched Health and Social Problems

Changemakers, an online community for social entrepreneurs, held three online competitions in 2006–2007 to generate innovative projects in three categories:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • "Disruptive innovations" in health and health care
  • Computer and video games to promote health.

Changemakers, an initiative of Ashoka, seeks to provide a forum in which social innovators can develop solutions to entrenched health and social problems. It uses online "open-source" collaborative competitions to generate these solutions.

Key Results

In 2006-2007, RWJF funded the three online competitions. Four judges, including a program officer at RWJF, chose 12 finalists and, from them, the three winners with the most innovative solutions. The winners each received $5,000.