The Tides Foundation—a social justice and sustainability-focused organization—has awarded ISR Professor Crista Lopes the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. The prize, which includes a $10,000 cash grant, is given annually to a leader in open source software development who has made strides in the nonprofit sector and in social change movements. Lopes is the first woman to receive the honor.
Lopes receives the award for her groundbreaking work in developing OpenSimulator, an open-source platform that allows users to run virtual world “Second Life” environments on their own servers.
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