Knight News Challenge

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.


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1. What is your project? [1 sentence] Amongst is a location based, real time, Q&A system and open protocol, something like a geocoded and distributed StackOverflow.

2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences] Amongst will detect or request a user’s location and find other active users that have been in that location  recently and/or a lot and are most likely to be good candidates to answer the location based question in real time. It will also detect if a user is active and use movement sensors, location and usage patterns to determine if this is a “good time” to engage a user to potentially answer a question.

3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence] Anyone that has a location relevant question and finds current resources stale or irrelevant.

4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.

1. Amongst will not try to replace existing social networks but integrate with them as well to gain some leverage of existing user bases.
2. Amongst will partner with some larger existing local news and community organizations to leverage their existing users, as well as foster a developer community.
3. Amongst will endeavor to use best practice SEO as advertising for its service. This has worked well for StackOverflow.

5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]

I am a developer with Digital First Media, the nation’s second largest newspaper organization. In addition, I have spoken with the Director of Mobile for nation’s largest newspaper company about such a project and there was interest. Additionally, I am well familiar with Social API’s necessary to inetgrate this with those networks.

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links] Many of the components of this project are actually an evolution in progress from similar systems I have built, but we are still in the design stages.

7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]

When at a location, I question the app and receive an answer within an amount of time that makes the answer useful.

8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]

I will likely need another developer. Infrastructure costs will be cheap. Some travel might be necessary to work with partnering companies.

Additional details:
Please list who is on your team: Matt Terenzio
Expected number of months to complete project: 12
Estimated Project Cost: 100,000
Name: Matt Terenzio
Twitter: @mterenzio
Email address:
Organization [if applicable]: Digital First Media
City: New York
Country: US
How did you learn about the contest? Follow KNC

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