FrontlineSMS Founder Wins Pizzigati Prize

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Congratulations to Ken Banks on winning the prestigious Pizzigati Prize for software in the public interest!


Ken is the founder FrontlineSMS, the software that powers MedicMobile (formerly FrontlineSMS:Medic), Winner of the NetSquared N2Y4 Mobile Challenge. He has dedicated his career to providing communication solutions to remote areas of the world via mobile technology. FrontlineSMS provides an open source platform for communications to rural and remote areas via simple text messaging. To date, the FrontlineSMS has been downloaded 13,000 times in more than 50 countries.


The $10,000 Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest goes annually to an open source software developer who is adding significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change. Tides — a partner to philanthropists, foundations, activists, and organisations worldwide — hosts the prize selection process.

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