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.
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.