Benjamin Moskowitz is Vice President of Consumer Reports (CR) Innovation Lab. He leads a team that develops new technologies to strengthen consumer power and CR’s sustainability as a social enterprise. Previously, Ben led CR’s Digital Lab — an initiative to expand CR’s work on digital marketplace issues including data rights, cybersecurity, and tech competition. As Founding Director, he oversaw the development of new capabilities in lab testing, digital organizing, and product R&D.
Prior to joining CR, Ben served as Director of Development for Innovation at the International Rescue Committee. In this role, he secured more than $29 million as a co-founder of the Airbel Center—a research and development unit that designs, tests, and scales life-changing solutions for refugees and people affected by conflict. He was also the lead architect of IRC and Sesame Workshop’s successful $100 million proposal to deliver early childhood learning to children affected by the war in Syria. Before that, he served as Senior Director, Development Strategy at Mozilla Foundation, where he built research programs and open source software with public and private partners.
Ben teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was previously Visiting Associate Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai.
Evaluation Panel judges will score and provide feedback on the applications assigned to them using the scoring rubric, and each valid application will receive five sets of reviews with scores that have been statistically normalized to ensure a level playing field. Applicants are encouraged to use this valuable feedback to strengthen and refine their solutions as they implement projects and secure other funding sources.
Meet the judges featured here, and more Evaluation Panel members will be added in the next few months.
The Selection Committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to ten winners based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, Evaluation Panel resulting rank order, organizational capacity, geographic diversity, and feasibility. The Selection Committee will make the final recommendation to Omidyar Network for the winners who will each receive $100,000 awards, as well as up to five additional promising solutions that will each receive $20,000 awards.