3banana Announces Winners of the 'Share To Win' Challenge and Awards $10,000 to Top 5 Non-Profits for Using Social Media To Rally Their Cause

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3banana Inc., a leading innovator of mobile information capture solutions, announced today the winners of the "Share to Win" challenge, a crowdsourcing philanthropy contest sponsored by 3banana to identify and donate money to non-profit organizations based on their ability to spread their ideas online using the company's online and mobile note-taking software.

Thousands of our supporters shared their words of encouragement for our mission, and this effort has created more dialog between our organization and our supporters.

3banana Inc., a leading innovator of mobile information capture solutions, announced today the winners of the "Share to Win" challenge.

The challenge, launched this September, was sponsored by 3banana as a philanthropic crowdsourcing contest helping health, environment and education-focused non-profit organizations raise money and exposure for their respective causes while testing the sharing features of the company's online and mobile note-taking software.

Over 50 non-profit organizations were nominated to the challenge. Each cause created a note on 3banana describing why people should care about their mission and then shared a link to their note through Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and email. 3banana selected the winners based on the number of unique users who wrote an online comment endorsing the cause.

The winners are:

  • The SENS Foundation - Grand prize: $5,000 - Develops and promotes widespread access to regenerative medicine solutions to the disabilities and diseases of aging.
  • Los Angeles Habilitation House - Second Prize: $2,000 - Helps create and maintain jobs for persons with disabilities and veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury.
  • Disaster Accountability Project - Third Prize, Environment: $1,000 - Improves disaster management systems through public accountability, citizen oversight and empowerment, whistle-blower engagement, and policy research and advocacy.
  • Art in All of Us - Third Prize, Education: $1,000 - Promotes tolerance and cultural exchanges by creative and art activities in schools around the world.
  • Institute of HeartMath - Third Prize, Health: $1,000 - Researches stress, emotional physiology, and the heart-brain interaction to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Special mentions to the many great organizations that used Share To Win as an opportunity to rally supporters and spread their mission on social networks: Friends of Kibera, Model UN Society of the University of Essex, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Digital Democracy, Engineers Without Borders, The Magical Bridge, Dexterity Sports and Literacy, Project READ and many others. More detailed information on all of the participating non-profits can be found at http://3banana.com/corp/share-to-win-results

"We are very honored to accept this prize. This contest has really opened our eyes to the possibilities of furthering our cause using social networks," said Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer for the SENS Foundation. "Thousands of our supporters shared their words of encouragement for our mission, and this effort has created more dialog between our organization and our supporters."

The Share to Win challenge created an opportunity for non-profit organizations to learn about cost-effective and viral ways to generate conversation around their efforts. "Share to Win gave us a new way to reach out, and also a way to hear from our supporters," said Guido Piccarolo, President and Co-founder of the Los Angeles Habilitation House. "It was just incredible to see the outpouring of statements of support for our mission."

3banana makes it easy to create a discussion around an idea without the formality or complexity of a blog. Users can capture thoughts by jotting a note freeform and then organize ideas with in-line hashtags, just like on Twitter. Each note, when shared, becomes its own mini webpage and discussion forum. 3banana is available for free online and for iPhone and Android smartphones.

"There are two main ingredients to be successful in the new socially connected world: An idea worth spreading and a core group of passionate people willing to light a fire online," said Steve Brown, CEO of 3banana. "We are really excited about the outcome and the awareness this challenge has generated for these great organizations, and we look forward continuing to develop new approaches using social technologies to help people capture and share their ideas."

About 3banana

3banana Inc. creates smartphone and web applications that capture and share information effortlessly, wirelessly and securely. 3banana Notes are less work and easier to share than any other smartphone or online note-taking application available today. Combining patent-pending innovations in semantics and social media with fast, efficient and secure wireless information capture, 3banana mobile and web applications help people become more productive and more connected. For more information, please visit http://3banana.com. 3banana Notes is currently available as a free download in the Google Android App Market and in the iPhone App Store.

3banana, Android, Google, Apple, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, and HeartMath are registered trademarks. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Shawn Cunningham
shawn [at] 3banana [dot] com
415-637-0800

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