Change the Web Challenge

Congratulations to the Change the Web Winners!

Social Actions' Change the Web Challenge offered $10,000 in prizes for innovative web applications and widgets that promoted opportunities to take action all over the web. Submissions closed April 3, 2009. Congratulations to each of the winning submissions:

1st Prize $5,000 Social Actions Interactive Map

2nd Prize $3,000 Zemanta's Related Social Actions for Bloggers

3rd Prize $2,000 SquarePeg's iPhone Application

Congratulations to everyone who helped make the Change the Web Challenge such a huge success! Read more here.

Challenge Description

Social Actions aggregates opportunities to make a difference from over 50 online platforms such as VolunteerMatch,,,, and The Change the Web Challenge encouraged the development of applications that share these opportunities to take action on the websites, blogs, and social networks that people visit every day.


All submissions must: (1) be fully functional by the time community voting began on April 6, 2009, (2) include an open-source license, and (3) make use of the Social Actions API. A panel of expert judges chose the top 3 applications based on innovation, usability, and potential for impact. Winners were announced at NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco, CA, on April 28, 2009.

How to apply

  • Create a web application with the Social Actions API.

  • Register and/or Login on

  • 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.

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


Tel: (415) 683 6185


Change the Web Conversation Series

As part of the Challenge, Social Actions hosted 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 discussed how to use specific technology platforms like Mozilla, Facebook, the iPhone, OpenSocial, Twitter, Ning, and OpenConvio for good.