The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas. The first round of 2013, which opens in February, will invite innovators from all disciplines to focus on tools for open government. In 2012, three challenge rounds, each focused on an emerging trend, drew more than 2,500 entries.
Challenge 1 - on NETWORKS: Winners were announced June 18.
Challenge 2 - on DATA: Winners were announced Sept. 20.
Challenge 3 – on MOBILE: Winners were announced Jan. 17.
Anyone, anywhere can apply for the challenge - whether for-profit start-ups or non-profit ventures. For more information on a variety of topics - from guidelines for for-profits, on intellectual property licensing, open source software and more - visit our FAQ.
A data analytics engine that can find news from general social chatter on Twitter, and break it down by location and categories.
It would use mobile to disseminate news in almost real-time, uniquely for each of 100s of cities and 10s of countries.
Socially active 20-35 year olds who look beyond professional media being the only news source
1. Via social media - Frrole is built off Twitter data itself
2. Via journalists as ‘champion users’ - Few journalists we have shown Frrole to find it very interesting, though a bit raw yet
3. Via Search engines - Frrole website already gets around 150,000 monthly visitors
No major connections yet - we have shown Frrole to a few journalists and few technologists.
Have built the first version of the core engine that analyzes 300+ million tweets monthly for 50+ cities and 5 countries, selecting a few thousand. Please see http://frrole.com
At least a few million people using it as the ‘new way of news discovery’ that can look both beyond the personal friend circle or the professional media.
We need a 4 member team with a sustenance budget for 8-12 months. One product owner (existing), one system architect/developer (existing), one marketer and one lead developer.
Additional details: ‘World’s first-ever truly democratized new source’ refers to Frrole allowing input to come from millions of individual users too and not just a few thousand professional media sources. Frrole algorithms then decide, without any bias, (with minimal manual oversight) what is news worthy.
Please list who is on your team: Amarpreet Kalkat (Product), Gurjit Sidhu (Engg)
Expected number of months to complete project: 8-12
Estimated Project Cost: $150,000
Name: Amarpreet Kalkat
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: Ciafo
How did you learn about the contest?: Via Twitter