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.
Tethr allows people to connect with one another and the world, anywhere, anytime, via any means available.
We believe super easy to use tools are key to proper communication. Tethr enables people to use the tools they already know and love, whether they are connected to the Internet or not, and provides an open platform for development of new applications.
Journalists, Scientists, Educators, Citizen groups, Governments and others have expressed interest in Tethr.
Our current customers include NGOs, Journalists and municipalities. We would like to improve our connections with Telecom companies and networks of educators.
We have built and sold two beta units (one to Internews Europe- http://bigpicturejournalism.org/blog/pioneering-crowdsourced-journalism-training-africa and one to Qatar Foundation International - http://mappingthemangroves.qfi.org). Further units are in the pipeline for Lake Tanganyika Floating Clinic (http://floatingclinic.org) and a municipality in Canada.
We look forward to seeing our customers in the field telling stories, providing useful and timely data, and using Tethr to improve the lives of others.
We need money and more technical expertise. We will always need more connections to communities of interest as well.
Please list who is on your team: Aaron Huslage, Roger Weeks, Stephen Hanley
Expected number of months to complete project: 6-9 months
Estimated Project Cost: $250,000
Name: Aaron Huslage
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization [if applicable]: Tethr (@tethr)
City: Durham, NC
How did you learn about the contest? Previous entrant.