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.
1. What is your project? [1 sentence]
We have built an enterprise media server and app platform (Baobab) that can simply and dynamically source, package and publish all types of newspaper content across web, social and all mobile app platforms.
2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]
Baobab Media Server and App Platforms comprises of mobile apps solutions (iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows 8) and also Amazon’s Kindle E Ink services, to distribute and present Baobab content that has been aggregated from publishers CMS. Baobab has open Software Development Kits (SDKs) for third party development teams to consistently build apps that conform to the content and subscriber services provided by the Baobab Media Server.
3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]
Major Newspaper / Magazine publishing houses, currently the Telegraph Media Group (UK) is our first customer to run the Baobab Media Server and making use of the mobile App SDKs and also Amazon Kindle Fire Android app.
4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.
We are scheduled to launch Baobab globally at WAN IFRA World Publishing Expo 2012 in Franfurt, where we hope to get some coverage. There are plans to present at 3 digital media and mobile app conferences by end of 2012 to spread the word about Baobab.
5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]
TMG (UK) and iMedia have expressed delight and will endorse and support the industry adoption of Baobab. Media24 (Africa’s largest Media Publishing Company) are current customer where we delivered MySubs.co.za, and they have shown big interest in Baobab and how it can integrate and work with their existing publishing and content systems.
6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]
7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]
8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]
Please list who is on your team:
Expected number of months to complete project:
Estimated Project Cost:
Name: Richard Cheary (Afrozaar founder and Baobab product owner)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: Afrozaar
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
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