Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest

Congratulations to the 2022 Pizzigati Prize recipients!

Join us in congratulating all three of this year’s recipients: Human Essentials,, and Snap! We thank them for continuing to put open source technology to work to make our world better.

About the PrizeTony Pizzigati looks upward as holds a piece of chalk

The Pizzigati Prize celebrates software developers who create, for free public distribution, open source apps and tools that nonprofit and advocacy groups can put to good use.

The prize was created to honor the brief life of Antonio “Tony” Pizzigati, an early advocate of open source computing. Tony never had a chance to fulfill his computing dreams. The prize commemorates his legacy by helping others realize theirs.

Uplifting Social Impact, Collaboration, and Sharing

The Pizzigati Prize provides grants to software developers making a two-faceted contribution to social change.

First, they have had an important practical impact, creating software that helps nonprofits more effectively serve their communities. Second, against the idea that progress demands cutthroat competition between people striving to get ever richer, these developers instead model a key principle of the open source movement: We all benefit when we work together. In the continuing struggle for a better world, this commitment to social impact, collaboration, and sharing is what the Pizzigati Prize celebrates.

In addition to cash grants, the prize provides publicity for achievements crucial to social progress and also enhances the stature of public interest computing and public understanding of it.

Along the way, this prize links public interest software developers with each other and with the nonprofit and advocacy groups that so strongly need their assistance.

Apply for the 2022 Pizzigati Prize

Historically, the Pizzigati Prize has provided a $10,000 grant to one recipient. This year, thanks to the generous support of GitHub Social Impact, we’re excited to have one $10,000 grant and two $5,000 grants.

We welcome applications from individuals, teams, and organizations that have developed an easily available software product that qualifies as open source, as defined by the Open Source Initiative. This software must have already demonstrated its value to at least one nonprofit and the communities served by that organization, and be of potential value to multiple other nonprofits.

Applicants are evaluated on a range of criteria, including demonstrated impact, equitable access, and strength of community. An advisory committee that includes veteran activists in the public interest computing community selects the prize recipients.


  • Applications open: December 15, 2021
  • Community call: January 12, 2022
  • Applications close: January 28
  • Applications reviewed: February
  • Recipients and applicants notified of selection status: March 7
  • Public announcement of recipients at the 2022 Nonprofit Technology Conference: March 23–25

Community call recording


Use the following application form to submit your open source project for the 2022 Pizzigati Prize.

Applications for the 2022 Pizzigati Prize are now closed.

Community Feedback

In order for the Pizzigati Prize Committee to understand the community involvement and impact of an open source project, we welcome community members to share their own experience and feedback using the form below. You will be invited to share feedback about a specific open source project once the original application form (above on this page) is completed by the lead submitter.

Applications for the 2022 Pizzigati Prize are now closed.

Get Involved

Spread the Word

Let your colleagues know about the Pizzigati Prize by sharing the link to and using the #PizzigatiPrize hashtag on Twitter. Check back here for a promotion toolkit soon. Be sure to mention the deadline to apply is January 28, 2022.

Grow the Prize

Before 2022, the prize gave out a single $10,000 grant each year. With your help, we can celebrate even more software developers who create open source technology. To discuss collaboration opportunities, email NTEN CEO Amy Sample Ward.

Learn About Past Recipients