Shuttleworth Foundation

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Shuttleworth Foundation
Founded 2001[1]
Founder Mark Shuttleworth
Focus Open source, open content, open educational resources
Area served
Method Fellowships
Key people
Mark Shuttleworth, founder
Helen Turvey, CEO

The Shuttleworth Foundation was established in January 2001 by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth as an experiment with the purpose of providing funding for people engaged in social change.[2] While there have been various iterations of the foundation, its structure and how it invests in social innovation, the current model employs a fellowship model where fellows are given funding commensurate with their experience to match a year's salary, allowing them to spend that year developing a particular idea.

Notable past and present fellows include Marcin Jakubowski (who develops the Open Source Ecology project), Rufus Pollock (co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation[3]), Mark Surman (now Executive Director of Mozilla Foundation[4]), and Philipp Schmidt (founded the Peer to Peer University during his fellowship).

Funding model[edit]

The Foundation provides funding for people who have an unproven idea in the form of a 'salary', travel and office expenses. For every dollar invested by the Fellow in a project, the Foundation will put in ten or more, allowing the Fellow to own all Intellectual Property and processes once the active fellowship has ceased.


Name Focus Year Notable projects
Mark Surman Open Philanthropy 2007–2008
Andrew Rens Intellectual property rights 2007–2010 ACA2K
Stephen Song Telecommunications 2008–2011 Village Telco
Steve Vosloo 21st Century Learning 2008–2011 m4Lit, Yoza
Mark Horner Open and Collaborative Resources K-12 2008–2012 Siyavula,[5] Full Marks, Open Press, FHSST
Philipp Schmidt Open and Collaborative Resources: Higher Education 2009 - 2012 P2PU
François Grey Open Science 2010–2012 Citizen Cyberscience
Rufus Pollock Open Science: Open Data 2010– Open Knowledge
Gavin Weale Sustainable user-created publishing 2011– Live magazine
Kabir Bavikatte Property Rights (Intellectual and Material) 2011–2012
Kathi Fletcher Open and Collaborative Resources 2011–
Jaisen Mathai Open Media Platform 2012– Trovebox
Esra'a Al Shafei[6] Open data for social justice 2012– 2015 CrowdVoice
Marcin Jakubowski Open Source Ecology 2012– The Global Village Construction Set
Moxie Marlinspike[7] Privacy enhancing technology 2013–2014 Open Whisper Systems
Dan Whaley Annotation for the web 2013–
David Wiley Open educational resources 2013–
Jonas Öberg License and attribution metadata 2013– Commons Machinery
Johnny West[8] Gaiabase, an open database of the world's natural resources 2014–
Jesse von Doom[9] Building sustainability for artists on the open web. 2014– CASH Music
Peter Murray-Rust Liberating scientific facts from journals. 2014– The Content Mine
Rory Aronson[10] Designing a scalable, open source, automated precision farming machine. 2014– FarmBot
Seamus Kraft[11] Enabling citizen participation in government. 2014– Madison Project
Sean Bonner[12] Creating open systems to empower people with data. 2014– Safecast
Peter Bloom[13] Deploying low-cost, low-power open source cellular networks. 2014– Rhizomatica
Luka Mustafa[14] Optical networking 2015– KORUZA
Astra Taylor[15] Lifting the lid on predatory lending. 2015– Debt Collective
Adam Hyde[16] Hacking scholarly publishing. 2015–
Waldo Jaquith[17] Unlocking open government data. 2015– US Open Data
Peter Cunliffe-Jones[18][19] Checking the facts. 2016– Africa Check

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