The Roddenberry Foundation Announces Judges for Its Inaugural One Million Prize

Posted by at 9:52 am on November 3, 2016


The Roddenberry Prize consists of one $400,000 grand prize and four $150,000 innovation awards. The Prize is open to any and all innovators– from garage-tinkerers to nonprofit organizations– who have bold solutions that could benefit humanity in areas as diverse as poverty, obesity, education, or the environment.  The Roddenberry Prize builds upon the foundation’s #BoldlyBetter campaign, which seeks to inspire the public’s participation in a “boldly better” future together.

The Prize application period is currently open and will close November 16, 2016.  Following the judging panel’s selections, winners will be announced in January 2017. Applications and criteria can be found at The Roddenberry Foundation’s prize website,

Judging Panel Roddenberry Prize

  •  Majora CarterUrban revitalization strategist, real estate developer, Peabody Award winning broadcaster, founder of Sustainable South Bronx and co-founder of Green for All.
  • Dr. Helene Gayle – Called one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes; CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative; previously led health programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Erik HersmanCEO of BRCK; technologist, blogger, and commentator focused on the impact and application of technology throughout Africa; founder of Ushahidi and iHub; runs the website AfriGadget, named one of Time’s “Top 50 Sites of 2008.”
  • Leah Hunter – Former AVP of Innovation at Idea Couture and an editor at MISC Magazine; writes about the human side of tech for Fast Company, O’Reilly Radar, Business Punk; serves as a mentor for young tech companies.
  • Capt. Mark Kelly – Engineer; U.S. Navy Captain and American astronaut who piloted four NASA Space Shuttle missions, two on Discovery and two on Endeavour, including its final mission in 2011.
  • April Reign – Managing editor of; editor-at-large of NU Tribe Magazine; creator of the viral #OscarsSoWhite campaign, social media activist.
  • Sonal Shah – Executive director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University; former head of Global Development Initiatives for; and director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

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