Microsoft researcher selected to judge $100 million competition for MacArthur Foundation

Microsoft Research Vice President Jeannette M. Wing is set to serve as a judge for a new competition by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation called 100&Change. 100&Change is open to organizations that have a proposal on identifying a problem and finding an effective solution that can help people, places, or the planet in general.

Wing, who was recently in the news for her work in the Senate, will be a 100&Change judge, deciding which proposal wins the $100 million grant. Wing feels honored to be apart of 100&Change.

“100&Change is a bold initiative, which I hope by its very existence will inspire people to tackle problems to better humanity. The MacArthur Foundation knows how to tap into people’s creative energy, and I’m honored and thrilled to be a judge for its new competition.”

Wing will judge proposals that are designed to produce legitimate problem-solving results. The MacArthur Foundation plans to hold the 100&Change competition every three years, but they hope that 100&Change will create a lasting effect on other companies and organizations to follow their lead.

MacArthur Foundation President Julia Stasch believes that 100&Change proposals will create a lasting positive effect; “Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done.” Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s managing director adds her thoughts on 100&Change:

“Setting audacious goals is inspiring. Clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.”

100&Change is currently accepting applications from the US and other countries around the world. Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations can apply, although they are subject to eligibility requirements. Individuals and government agencies are disqualified from participating in 100&Change.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, visit the 100&Change website for competition rules.

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