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Challenge

The Network Challenge is a grant program designed to seed and support initiatives that grow public interest technology at the university level.

The network and challenge grants are funded through the support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund with support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, The Raikes Foundation, Schmidt Futures and The Siegel Family Endowment.
 

PIT-UN Network Challenge

On November 2, 2021, New America announced the third annual Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Network Challenge grantees. The Challenge awarded $3.61 million to 31 grantees to fund and support critical research, field building, and the development of a burgeoning career pipeline for public interest technologists that began in 2019 when the Network was established. The network and challenge grants are funded through the support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund, with support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, The Raikes Foundation, Schmidt Futures and The Siegel Family Endowment.

“We have seen what happens when technology that is meant for mass scale audiences, communities, or public citizens of a region, state, or country is designed without their input or considerations for how it might affect them or society at large.” 

“New America’s Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) was designed to turn that dynamic on its head by making sure that those most proximate to problems are directly present in the crafting of solutions and empowered to do so from an early age. We’re excited to support a new group of grantees that are catalyzing public interest technology on their campus."

Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America

Network Challenge Priority Areas

The Network Challenge follows four priority areas