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]
Mobile Multimedia hub of print, video, internet and social media news from all Latin America, for Latinos living in USA (50 Million).
2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]
Latinos adopt Smartphones at the highest rate of any other ethnic group. So through and application integrating multiple and selected news sources, latinos from their smartphones will be able to read and access any news related to their home countries or their interest.
3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]
Latinos living in the USA will use it, because they are very nostalgic and want to still be connected to their communities and countries of origin.
4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.
Through media networks, where they already read news on. Through word of mouth, it is an incredible ability by latinos to spead the word, by simple word of mouth. Application will also have multiple sharing capabilities.
5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]
Connections have been established with multiple news outlets and writers to provide them a platform of news integration. Also there are multiple latino associations in the US, mostly Mexican and Salvadoreans that we have already identified and established some contact.
6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]
Backoffice for news integration has been worked on, but not finished. APK for Android has also been worked on but not finished.
7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]
Success for the project would mean that latinos in the US, will be much more connected to their countries of origin through news and interaction with news outlets.
8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]
We mostly need funding to finish the development and the design of the mobile hub, by also bringing in additional talent to the effort. We also need to be in closer touch with latino influencers, so the word spreads out.
Please list who is on your team:
Eric Michiels – Software Engineer
Fausto Sandoval - Programmer
Rafael Dominguez – Newscaster/Communicator (more than 18 years doing news)
Diana Pocasangre – Marketer
Rafael Campos - Salesman
Expected number of months to complete project: 10 - 12 months
Estimated Project Cost: $350,000
Name: Eric Michiels
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]:
City: San Salvador
Country: El Salvador
How did you learn about the contest? I have applied before