The Elastic Cause Awards

Your work, your cause. Live, on stage.

We're proud to announce the 2018 honorees! Representatives from each winning project took the stage and accepted their awards during the keynote at Elastic{ON} in San Francisco. We'd like to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for submitting your projects. We received applications from organizations around the world working to advance the human condition, improve the environment and help local, regional and global populations in need. Thank you for doing meaningful work.

And now, let's celebrate this year's honorees:


Dimagi is helping to fight the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in India—which accounts for 23 percent of TB cases worldwide—with an integrated mobile and web application that helps healthcare workers keep track of TB patients. Built on Dimagi's software platform, CommCare, the app leverages the Elastic Stack to follow beneficiaries from the time of their initial diagnosis and throughout the course of their care, providing actionable data throughout. The app currently aggregates real-time data to track 150,000 patients in select districts.

Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières)

Libraries Without Borders facilitates free, open access to information and education, equipping vulnerable communities around the world with the tools and skills to learn and to thrive. The organization is rolling out digital libraries (KoomBook) as well as portable, “pop up” digital media centers (Ideas Box) that provide educational and cultural resources to communities in need, including refugees and displaced persons in camps around the globe and underserved communities in developed countries. Log analysis and dashboards delivered through the Elastic Stack provide instantaneous insight into digital resource usage and users' browsing habits and interests, enabling the organization to more effectively assess impact and relevance, and improve the user experience.

Refugee Datathon Munich

Amidst a massive wave of support for refugees in Munich, Refugee Datathon Munich was started in autumn 2015 to provide up-to-date and reliable numbers for pro-refugee activists across Europe. The organization's software extracts statistical data on asylum seekers from official websites, then relies on the Elastic Stack to visualize the data before publishing the information. The software helps activists stay on top of current trends in asylum (e.g. approval rates by countries of origin), while serving the general public by disproving erroneous statements and biased reports about refugees.

Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Every moment counts when it comes to finding and saving more kids.Thorn uses the Elastic Stack throughout its products to streamline features that help law enforcement search through millions of records and quickly find the small pieces of information to identify a child. In 2016 and 2017, Spotlight, which accelerates identification of child victims of sex trafficking, helped identify 5,791 child sex trafficking victims (eight per day.) Thorn's other product, Solis, has been used by law enforcement in 17 countries and has rescued 72 victims of child sexual abuse whose images were being distributed on the dark web.

Thank you, again

Our community astonishes us on a daily basis. Cheers to your projects (and the new ones brewing) that are doing good in the world.

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.

Jane Addams