Netsquared hosts data mashup challenge

February 25th, 2008 by Kaitlin Thaney

If you’re interested in open data or open notebook science, listen up. Netsquared is putting its money where its mouth is and offering a $100,000 cash prize for the best data mashups for social change.

From their announcement:

NetSquared, a project of TechSoup, has created the Challenge because they believe you have great ideas for how data can create insight, and they want to create a platform to facilitate those kinds of mashups being built. Plus, they¹ve got cash prizes to award to the folks who come up with the most innovative mashups for social change. You can find out more here.

Interested? Just follow these three steps.

First, apply. Applications will be accepted until March 14.

Step two: NetSquared will help connect you to the tech support needed to get your Mashup project off the ground.

Finally, step three: start designing.

Voting will begin the week of March 17th by the NetSquared Community, looking for the most innovative mashups in line with their guidelines. The top 20 projects will be announced on March 24, and the winners will be offered a chance to attend the NetSquared Conference in San Jose, Calif. this May. The top twenty projects will receive a share of a $100 K prize. Shares will be determined by voting at the event.

For ideas, take a look at some of their favorite mashups in this area –,, ActiveTrails, and Tunisian Prison Map projects. To find out how you can apply, visit their Web site.

4 Responses

  1. Web snippets of interest « What You’re Doing Is Rather Desperate, on February 25th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

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  2. Britt Bravo, on February 26th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Kaitlin,

    Thanks for spreading the word about the NetSquared Mashup Challenge!


    Britt Bravo
    Community Builder
    NetSquared • A Project of Tech Soup

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  4. Nathaniel Whittemore, on March 18th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Kaitlin,

    I saw that you were writing about the Netsquared Mashup challenge and I wanted to share a little bit about our Mashup Challenge entry: You can read more at

    The question behind the project is this: with peace on the horizon after 20 years of war in northern Uganda, and the big NGOs soon heading off to other war zones, who is going to support community organizations and northern Ugandan civil society as it transitions to peace time?

    By mapping information about ongoing community-led philanthropic partnerships in northern Uganda, helps American citizens aggregate their resources to support post-conflict transformation.

    We hope to facilitate collaboration among American donors and volunteers by providing a digital tool that:

    •maps project locations so you know who’s working where
    •tags information about the specific issues projects and organizations seek to address
    •links tagged and mapped projects to the facebook and LinkedIn profiles of participating donors or volunteers

    If you’re interested in supporting us, please visit and vote for us here:


    Nathaniel Whittemore
    Director, Northwestern University Center for Global Engagement
    globalengagement at gmail