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Santosh Viswanatham, Open Web Technology Ambassador

Our Ambassador program is for individuals passionate about activating communities who have been – and continue to be – systematically excluded from financial access and empowerment opportunities.


Ambassadors are cross-disciplinary thought leaders who research, build, organize, advocate, and imagine new paths to digital financial inclusion with Open Payments technology.


“We want to include different voices, especially the voices that were not heard before.”

–Santosh Viswanatham, Open Source Technology Ambassador

Open Opportunities


Stay tuned for new grants in Spring of 2024 

You can email our program team with any questions, to get all grant opportunities into your inbox and join our community space to interact with previously funded projects and our growing community.

We ensure that all applications are assessed through a fair and thoughtful process and that every applicant receives detailed feedback on their application.

View our participation guidelines here.


Ambassadors 2024

Victoria Coker is a social-impact entrepreneur, marketer, multidisciplinary artist, certified software engineer and founder of Black Web Fest.

Stephanie Perrin is an award winning privacy and civil liberties expert who has worked on privacy standards, policy, legislation, and technology interpretation for 40 years.

Smriti Parsheera is an author, lawyer, and public policy researcher working on issues at the intersection of technology and society.

Santosh Viswanatham is an Open web advocate and Tech Speaker passionate about how Open Web Technology & protocols serve and solve everyday challenges.

Ayden Ferdeline is a Public interest technologist with a focus on social impact who is building global tech community bonds through evidence-informed policy.


Ambassadors Alumni

Erica Hargreave is an award winning storyteller and educator, who enjoys helping others pursue their passions through digital literacy and sharing pathways to sustainable funding.

Kokayi Issa is a preeminent Improvisational Vocalist, Author, Producer, GRAMMY-nominated musician, and multi-disciplinary fine artist and 2023 Guggenheim Fellow for Music Composition.

Jeremiah Lee is a software engineer who has worked with social network APIs since the original Facebook Platform and advocates for federated social networks.

Hollis Wong-Wear is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker and strategist who works at the intersection of creativity, public policy, social impact and community building.