Kickstarter awarded Monaco Media Prize 2012
Crowd-funding platform Kickstarter has been named the winner of this year's Monaco Media Prize.
Prince Albert II of Monaco announcing the Monaco Media Prize image by Monaco Mediax
The award, which is usually given to recognise the work of a social enterprise or no-for-profit organisation, was announced at the Monaco Media Summit by his Serene Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Kickstarter has become the largest crowd-funding website in the world since it was launched threes years ago by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler, allowing online supporters to donate millions of dollars to fund projects ranging from technology, design, games, publishing, food and fashion.
Prince Albert commented: “Making profits and benefiting humanity can – and very often do – go hand in hand."
Previous winners of the award have Esra'a Al-Shafei of Mideast Voices, Ory Okolloh of Ushahidi, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and the co-founder of Creative Commons Lawrence Lessig.
This year’s award broke was chosen by the new membership organisation launched by the Monaco Media Forum, Les Amis du Monaco community.