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.
TalkBackTV is a cloud based video platform that unleashes the power of media commentary and gives the public a tool to engage the powers that be, in a way never before possible, enabling them to do what Jon Steward does every night: “TalkBack” to the likes of Obama, Oprah, O’Reilly etc.
A TalkBackTV mobile app will allow those without access to a high bandwidth computer to turn TV into a two-way virtual, web driven conversation by providing access our video-database of the days TV events, and the tools to record their comments via webcam and remix into media commentary “rants” that will be driven through the internet and embedded across blogs, and social media pages. A community of instant mobile pundits who will rant, rave, review, rebut and remix the days important news stories.
TalkBackTV is all about empowerment, interactivity, leveling the playing field and giving a voice to those who until now have not been heard from and are sitting on the the sidelines. We want to provide the technology platform to spark a community of engaged citizen commentators and pundits who use use TalkBackTV in the spirit of freedom and democracy.
Financial support to build the mobile applications design and development team. Additional funds to be used to create TalkBackTV awareness and support early adapters with a free video backbone.
Please list who is on your team: Todd Pavlin Founder Rick Gell Founder Cory Crossland Director of Technology, John Drago - Chief Developer
Expected number of months to complete project: 6-12 months
Estimated Project Cost: 250K
Name: Todd Pavlin
Email address: email@example.com
Organization [if applicable]: TalkBackTVLLC
City: New York
How did you learn about the contest? We are also creators of the VBate Platform. IDEA, our partner is submitting a proposal for a VBate app