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

    • September 29, 2008

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.