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Paul Romer

Professor, NYU

Paul Romer, a University Professor at NYU, was co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences. His work lies in the intersection of economics, innovation, technology, and urbanization. The central conclusion is that there are many feasible ways to speed human progress.


Before coming to NYU, Paul taught at Stanford, and while there, started Aplia, an education technology company he later sold to Thomson Learning. Prior to Stanford, he taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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Evaluation Panel Members

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.

J. Bob

J. Bob Alotta
VP, Global Programs, Mozilla Data Futures Lab

J. Bob

J. Bob Alotta
VP, Global Programs, Mozilla Data Futures Lab

Dirk

Dirk Bergemann
Professor, Yale University

Dirk

Dirk Bergemann
Professor, Yale University

Bertrand

Bertrand de la Chapelle
Co-Founder & Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative; Executive Director & Co-founder, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Bertrand

Bertrand de la Chapelle
Co-Founder & Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative; Executive Director & Co-founder, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Sylvie

Sylvie Delacroix
Professor in Law and Ethics , University of Birmingham

Sylvie

Sylvie Delacroix
Professor in Law and Ethics , University of Birmingham

David

David Eaves
Associate Professor in Digital Government, UCL

David

David Eaves
Associate Professor in Digital Government, UCL

Lili

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

Lili

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

Astha

Astha Kapoor
Co-Founder, Aapti Institute

Astha

Astha Kapoor
Co-Founder, Aapti Institute

Rainer

Rainer Kattel
Professor & Deputy Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London

Rainer

Rainer Kattel
Professor & Deputy Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London

Benjamin

Benjamin Moskowitz
Vice President, Innovation Lab, Consumer Reports

Benjamin

Benjamin Moskowitz
Vice President, Innovation Lab, Consumer Reports

Safiya

Safiya Noble
Co-founder & Faculty Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

Safiya

Safiya Noble
Co-founder & Faculty Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry

Paromita

Paromita Shah
Executive Director, Just Futures Law

Paromita

Paromita Shah
Executive Director, Just Futures Law

Jeni

Jeni Tennison
Founder & Executive Director, Connected by Data; ex-ODI CEO

Jeni

Jeni Tennison
Founder & Executive Director, Connected by Data; ex-ODI CEO

Salome

Salome Viljoen
Fellow, Columbia Law School

Salome

Salome Viljoen
Fellow, Columbia Law School

Richard

Richard Whitt
President, GLIA Foundation

Richard

Richard Whitt
President, GLIA Foundation

Mahlet (Milly)

Mahlet Zimeta
Head of Public Policy, The Open Data Institute

Mahlet (Milly)

Mahlet Zimeta
Head of Public Policy, The Open Data Institute
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Selection Committee Members

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.

Anamitra

Anamitra Deb
Managing Director, Responsible Technology, Omidyar Network

Michele

Michele Jawando
Senior Vice President of Programs, Omidyar Network

Tazin

Tazin Khan Norelius
Founder, Cyber Collective

Tim

Tim O'Reilly
Founder, O'Reilly Media
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