Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize Guidelines

Guidelines and Application Form 

Patrick J. McGovern Prize Changemakers will be 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. Projects chosen will be wide-ranging in their audience, medium, and target impact. For example: a pathbreaking publication on AI and ethics; a suite of online digital education resources for girls in developing countries to advance STEAM knowledge and skills; or a documentary film on innovation in technology and sustainability.

Anyone in any field pursuing creative and meaningful projects that examine, interpret, develop, or apply technology to shape a better future for humanity may apply. Examples include leaders in nonprofits, government, and private firms; technologists working for social change; researchers and scholars; filmmakers, artists, and other creatives; and community leaders and educators of all kinds.


Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Past contributions. Through past work, the applicant has demonstrated significant expertise and contributions in examining, interpreting, developing or applying technology for social good.

Potential for future impact. The applicant has demonstrated expertise or contributions, vision and commitment that show remarkable promise for significant future impact in technology for humanity through addressing one or more of these grand challenges of the digital age:

  • How to use technology to address the world’s most urgent challenges and opportunities, in areas such as environmental sustainability, economic development, or health equity; 
  • How to ethically develop and apply technology for the greater good and advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and access; 
  • How to understand what it means to be human in a digital world.

Proposed Projects

Proposed projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Impact. The potential impact of the project is compelling because of the challenge it will address, who it will benefit, how it will do so, and why it is important.

Unique Value. The project is innovative or distinct within its given field and context.

Feasibility. The project is feasible and includes a realistic plan for development and execution.

Scalability. Project outcomes can be scaled to affect the lives of more people, and/or the project can serve as a model for others.

Synergy with CHM. The project will benefit from and/or contribute to CHM’s collection, content, programs, or community.

For more information, please review our FAQ.

Application Process

Applications for the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize at CHM are open until March 28, 2021.

To see the required application materials and to submit an application, click the button below. (We recommend Chrome and Firefox browsers for best performance; please note that Internet Explorer 11 is not supported.] 



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