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NetSquared Mashup Challenge Helps Nonprofits to Create New Tools for Change

Lori Halley 29 February 2008 3 comments

Do you have an idea for a mashup? Can you imagine a way to combine data from more than one source to make a web tool that can help nonprofits change the world?  The NetSquared Mashup Challenge may be for you.

You don't need to have tech skills — just a great idea. 

Explain the change you are trying to make in the world, and the information sources that you want to combine on the web in order to help create that change. The NetSquared Team will reach out to the project managers and developers who can help bring that idea to life.

In fact, the Google developers are already on board with a hackathon hosted at the Googleplex on March 7, 2008, where published projects can get practical help from Google's own API experts and those of other API providers. 

Submit your mashup dream to Netsquared's Mashup Challenge before March 14, 2008. The NetSquared Community will vote for the mashups they think are the most innovative, and that will create the greatest social impact.

The top 20 winners, to be announced on March 24, will share in $100,000 in prize money — and receive an invitation to the NetSquared Conference (N2Y3) on May 27-28 in San Jose, California.

Net2 - proud member This year’s NetSquared Conference will bring together a unique mix of people from the public and private sectors to develop and release Mashups designed to provide deeper insight into the social issues affecting communities around the globe.

Those "people" are you — members of the NetSquared universe working on behalf of communities everywhere and the technical experts who care about these issues.

If we’re successful, we’ll learn something about cross-sector collaboration, meet new and interesting people, and build a unique gallery of Mashups that citizens, schools, and community-based groups everywhere can learn from, replicate, and build upon.

Wild Apricot is a proud supporter of NetSquared in its ongoing efforts to remix the web for social change.

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 29 February 2008 at 2:41 PM


  • Britt Bravo said:

    Wednesday, 05 March 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks for spreading the word about the NetSquared Mashup Challenge!


    Britt Bravo

    Community Builder

    NetSquared • A Project of Tech Soup



  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 06 March 2008 at 3:03 AM

    It's our pleasure, Britt!

  • Nathaniel Whittemore said:

    Tuesday, 18 March 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Hi Rebecca,

    I saw that you were writing about the Netsquared Mashup challenge and I wanted to share a little bit about our Mashup Challenge entry: Assetmap.org/uganda. You can read more at http://www.assetmap.org/uganda

    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, assetmap.org/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

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