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Do you work at the intersection of technology, public policy, and social impact?
Occasionally the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) is in need of experts to evaluate and assess proposals by serving on the Evaluation Committee. The evaluation committee participants play a critical role in reviewing proposals and applications from Network members and determining a shortlist of projects to recommend for funding.
Participation in the Evaluation Committee is a great opportunity to help advance a new field of study and position the next generation of computer scientists, information architects, and data scientists to design, build, and govern new technologies that promote the public interest. 


Directed at anyone interested in the PIT sector, the webinars showcase conversations on topics related to technology, policy, and the like. Working Groups are encouraged to pitch possible webinar collaborations between universities and schools. PIT-UN members are expected to promote the events on their campuses.


Field-building Workshops

The PIT-UN team will design workshops that build skills and techniques that members have requested to boost PIT recognition. These workshops are directed at designees and their teams.

Based on a member consultation, the workshops will focus on the expressed needs of the Network members and designees.

Quarterly Calls

Every three months, PIT-UN hosts a mandatory Network meeting for designees and their teams. These include reports from Working Groups and Standing Committees as well as updates from Network members, New America, and our funders.




The Network Challenge is a grant program designed to seed and support initiatives that grow Public Interest Technology at the university level. On Nov. 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.

Get Involved by Submitting a Project

Promote your public interest technology case study, resource, or process on We are always looking for case narratives, syllabi, and other resources to add to our growing collection.

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