The 2021 Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize Program

Tech to Shape a Better Future for Humanity

In 2021, the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize was awarded by a prestigious selection committee to a luminary and two “changemakers” who are creating a better future by addressing the grand challenges of our digital age in areas such as environmental sustainability, economic development, and social justice. With support from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, the prize honors Pat McGovern, an early affiliate of the Museum who was an IT visionary, successful entrepreneur, technology journalism pioneer, and humanitarian.

Prize Winners

One Luminary was honored for significant impact in creating a better future for humanity through technology. Two Changemakers were each awarded a $50,000 honorarium. To advance their work, CHM provided Changemakers with special access to the Museum’s unparalleled collection, in-house experts, and extensive network. Their stories will be highlighted in special programs and their work chronicled in the permanent collection as models of decoding tech for humanity.

Learn about the 2021 Prize winners.

2021 Prize Guidelines

Anyone in any field pursuing creative and meaningful projects that examine, interpret, develop, or apply technology to shape a better future for humanity could apply or be nominated to apply. Changemakers were selected for their past contributions, the potential impact of their proposed project, and their future potential to examine, interpret, develop, or apply technology to transform our world for the better. 

See the complete prize guidelines.

Selection Committee

The selection committee nominated and selected the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Luminary and also reviewed applications for and selected the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Changemakers. They are a distinguished group of global experts and leaders across industries and sectors, representing technology, business and economics, academia and education, media and the arts, philanthropy and social impact. 

Learn more about the selection committee.

Patrick J. McGovern and the Computer History Museum

In 1982, when the first incarnation of CHM was established in Boston as a public non-profit called The Computer Museum, Pat McGovern was an original member of the 18-person board, alongside museum cofounders Gordon and Gwen Bell and other IT pioneers, such as Bob Noyce, inventor of the integrated circuit and Intel cofounder. Pat was a generous supporter and active and enthusiastic participant in the Museum’s programs.

Learn more about the relationship between Pat McGovern and CHM.


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