AVINA Americas

Accelerator Grants Competition                                                         

The idea is simple. All the teams worked hard and created great prototypes during the hackathon back in November. Now we want to help turn prototypes into real products and services. The two winners will each receive $9,750.  Our Accelerator Grants competition is made possible by a generous support from from Alianza CAMMINA, a joint initiative of the AVINA Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.  

EligibilityThe contest is open to the teams who a) are physically based in Central America and Mexico and b) were global nominees in the Americas Datafest. 
Criteria:  The winners will have made the most substantive progress on their projects, have shown best project management skills, have the best plans for the future and the projects with the most potential to have a positive and big impact. 
Rules: The participants must agree to make their software open source or to give a “royalty-free” license to Data Center, an NGO and the Americas Datafest fiscal sponsor. 

Lucía Abelenda
Accelerator Fund for Civic Innovation
Fundación Avina

Mobile Platform Engineer
eBay Inc.
Maria-Ines Carrera
Software Engineer
Software Engineer
Ariadna Font Llitjos

UX Lead and Development Manager
Watson Explorer
IBM Watson  

 Philip Greenspun   
Internet entrepreneur,
Computer Science
Thomas LaToza
Assistant Project Scientist
Department of Informatics
University of California, Irvine

Timothy C. Lethbridge

Computer Science
University of Ottawa

Stephanie Ludi 

Associate Professor 
Software Engineering 
Rochester Institute of

Bart Massey  
Associate Professor 
Computer Science 
Portland State University 
Jorge L. Ortega Arjona   
Departamento de Matemáticas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Steven Reiss
Computer Science 
Brown University
Ian Rose 
Software Engineer

Assistant Professor  
Dipartimento di Elettronica ed Informazione 
Politecnico di Milano

Associate Research Professor 
PIMDEA Software Institute 
Assistant Professor  
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
Oregon State University 
Michal Young 
Associate Professor 
Computer and Information Science 
University of Oregon