Social Actions Change the Web Challenge.

Social Web for Social Good:

Change the Web Challenge

Calling all web developers! Create a web application by April 3, 2009 that draws on Social Actions’ open database of 60,000 + actions for a chance to win cash prizes:

1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $3,000
3rd place: $2,000

Social Actions currently aggregates opportunities to make a difference from over 40 online platforms such as VolunteerMatch, Kiva.org, DonorsChoose.org, Idealist.org, and Change.org. We’re looking for applications that will share these opportunities to take action on the websites, blogs, and social networks that people visit every day.

To be eligible to win, all submissions must: (1) be fully functional by the time community voting begins on April 6, 2009, (2) include an open-source license, and (3) make use of the Social Actions APIOpens in a new tab.. A panel of expert judges will choose the top 3 applications based on innovation, usability, and potential for impact. Winners will be announced at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco, CA, on April 28, 2009.

As part of the Challenge, Social Actions is hosting the Change the Web Conversation Series for developers, nonprofits workers, activists, philanthropists, and anyone who wants to use technology for social change. These online chats will discuss how to use specific technology platforms like Mozilla, Facebook, the iPhone, OpenSocial, Twitter, Ning, and OpenConvio for good.

How to apply

  • Create a web application with the Social Actions API.
  • Register and/or Login on NetSquared.org.
  • Click on your Username in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  • Click on “Submit a Project Idea”
  • Select ChangetheWeb from the Prize Tag menu located below Additional Cause Area Tags on the submission form.
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2009, 3:00 PM PST.
  • Questions? Contact Joe@SocialActions.com.

Developer Resources:

Got an idea, but need the help of a developer?

Here are some tips for how to find a volunteer web developer.

Join us


  • February 23, 2009 – Submission Period Begins 11:00 AM PT
  • March 16, 2009 SXSW Party! Convio Nonprofit Technology Bash Featuring Change the Web
  • April 3, 2009 – Application deadline 3:00 PM PT
  • April 6, 2009 – Community Voting Begins 11:00 AM PT
  • April 10, 2009 – Community Voting Closes 3:00 PM PT
  • April 13, 2009 – Top Twenty Finalists Announced 11:00 AM PT
  • April 28, 2009 – Winners announced at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco


Frequently Asked Questions.


Joe Solomon
Director of Social Actions’ Change the Web Challenge
Email: Joe@socialactions.com
Tel: (415) 683 6185

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

3 thoughts on “Social Actions Change the Web Challenge.

  1. Thanks for drawing attention to the Change the Web Challenge! Many exciting applications already submitted, and many MORE to come before the deadline!

    Christine Egger
    Social Actions

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