PopTechAround the world, visionary change agents are hard at work incubating new approaches to the planet’s toughest challenges. Yet they’re often doing so without taking advantage of the latest tools and thinking in technology, communications and innovation – or a network of experts, peers, and supporters who can help them truly change the world.

The PopTech Social Innovation Fellows program is designed to help fill that gap – to equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impacts to new heights.

Each year among hundreds of nominations, PopTech selects 10-20 high potential change agents from around the world who are working on highly disruptive innovations in areas like healthcare, energy, development, climate, education, and civic engagement, among many others. Fellows work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, have a minimum of 3-5 years experience, and are working in organizations that are well positioned for sustainable growth.

PopTech is a unique innovation network – a global community of cutting-edge leaders, thinkers, and doers from many different disciplines, who come together to explore the social impact of new technologies, the forces of change shaping our future, and new approaches to solving the world’s most significant challenges.

Held every October, in the beautiful seaside village of Camden, Maine, USA, the PopTech Conference brings together 700 influential participants for one of the world’s best thought leadership events: a shared exploration of the issues, trends and technologies that will shape the future of our businesses, economy, society and world.


Before submitting a nomination, please read carefully the following eligibility criteria. Successful candidates:

  • Work in critical fields such as healthcare, energy, green materials, water, the environment, mobility, bottom-of-the-pyramid services, design for social impact, life sciences, the arts, education, media, security and other areas with significant beneficial impacts.
  • Are working with highly disruptive breakthrough innovations to solve previously intractable problems.
  • Have at least 3-5 years leadership experience in social innovation.
  • Are working in organizations that are well positioned for sustainable growth and high impact.
  • Are passionate leaders who have a high potential for collaboration and success.

Fellows are selected from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Fellows come from a wide variety of geographies and international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellows may be nominated by another individual or organization, self-nominated, or nominated from within the PopTech network.

Award Details:

PopTech Social Innovation Fellows receive:

  • Participation in an all-expenses-paid, multi-day intensive program focused on insights and tools for accelerating and scaling “big bet” innovations, such as branding, media relations, social/Web2.0 media, finance, leadership, digital storytelling, design for impact and organizational development. Interactive training sessions are led by eminent innovators and acknowledged leaders in these fields.
  • Participation in PopTech, the renowned thought leadership conference, which will take place this year from October 21-24, 2010 in Camden, Maine.
    • Prominent placement at the PopTech event, including arranged interviews and collaborative sessions with leading journalists and session with members of the PopTech network dedicated to helping them amplify their work and professional profile.
  • On a year-round basis, Fellows join a dynamic alumni network and have ongoing access to faculty and peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities. These relationships have resulted in significant media coverage, grants, venture financing and organizational support for previous year’s Fellows.

How to Apply:

Nominations are now being accepted via the online nomination form for the 2010 Social Innovation Fellows Program.

You will need to answer questions about your nominee, which include:

  • Can you tell us a little bit about the person you wish to nominate, including why you feel they would be an ideal candidate for the program?
  • Can you give a brief description of the nominee’s work?
  • What are some of the outcomes/impacts of this work?
  • Tell us about any awards or recognition the nominee has received. Please provide us with as much information as you can.
  • Is there anything else you would like to share to help us to better understand the nominee?


If you have any questions, contact fellows@poptech.org.


The open nomination process closes on March 31, 2010.

Note: Please do not contact the Green Economy Post regarding this opportunity.  We are not affiliated with the sponsoring organizations, and therefore have no additional information. Sometimes the link is changed for the opportunities.  When this happens, go to the home page of the organizers to locate information on the opportunity or contact the organization directly.

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Jeremy Gross is a beginner blogger who has always been drawn to the idea of the triple bottom line (planet, people, and profits) and green living. While studying for his B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, he started a small, side business selling organic granola and cookies. Since granola wasn’t as lucrative as he hoped, for the last few years he has been a technically-oriented Business Analyst with a family-and-employee-owned bank in Seattle. Jeremy volunteers with a forest restoration program and an urban agriculture organization. He also enjoys working with plants, building terrariums, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and cat! If you’d like to reach Jeremy, contact him through JeremyGross.com. He’d love to hear from you!