Hypergrid inventor wins $10,000 prize

Crista Lopes accepting award.

Crista Lopes accepts award at the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Hypergrid inventor and OpenSim core developer Crista Lopes, also known as “Diva Canto” in-world, just won the $10,000 prize for software in the public interest from the Tides Foundation, a social justice and sustainability-focused organization.

Lopes, who is the first woman to win this award, is also a professor of informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences University of California Irvine.

Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

“This is a great thing for OpenSim,” Lopes told Hypergrid Business.

She added that the money will be used to support the OpenSim project infrastructure.

According to the Tides Foundation, the Pizzigati Prize is intended to honor software developers who create, for free public distribution, open source applications and tools that nonprofit and advocacy groups can put to good use. OpenSim is popular with non-profit organizations because of its low cost and flexibility.

The foundation especially lauds prizewinners’ commitment to collaboration and sharing in a traditionally cutthroat and competitive path to software development progress.

“We hope and expect that this prize initiative will also help link public interest software developers with each other and with the nonprofit and advocacy groups that so strongly need their assistance,” according to the Tides Foundation.

Lopes received her award last week at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif.

Watch her receive the award below.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

8 Responses

  1. pmiller@liv.ac.uk' Graham Mills says:

    Great news and immensely well-preserved.

  2. trrlynn73@gmail.com' Minethereé says:


  3. pablo@lansing.com' Paul E. Emery says:

    Well deserved

  4. services@farworldz.com' Talla Adam says:


  5. arcane333@gmail.com' Gunnar Schwede says:

    totally well deserved. If it wasn’t for Diva Distro, many wouldn’t run OS, and it wouldn’t be what it is today..