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Grand Challenges | Explorations …#MFGChallenge

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Liquidnet for Good, is looking for groundbreaking ideas to address a significant, but solvable, problem: increasing the interoperability of data for social good.

Each Winner to Receive $100,000 Grant 


Data sets are often isolated, fragmented and hard to use. Many organizations manage data with multiple systems, often due to various requirements from government agencies and private funders. The lack of interoperability between systems leads to wasted time and frustration. Even those who are motivated to use data end up spending more time and effort on gathering, combining, and analyzing data, and less time on applying it to ongoing learning, performance improvement, and smarter decision-making.

Interoperability is the key to making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

What To Do

  • See the website for more detail on the challenge and application instructions.
  • Keep this hashtag handy to track Challenge events and progress: #MFGChallenge
  • Subscribe for updates from Markets for Good.


Applications will be accepted from March 4, 2013 through May 7, 2013 11:30 AM PST. Interested in developing a solution but don’t know where to find social sector data? Try:

Have a dataset to add to this list? Email us!