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.
Application for KF Mobile Challenge
1. What is your project? [1 sentence]
Advancing the News In Education (NIE) program to the future of mobile devices.
2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]
Providing a complete mobile platform for newspapers to produce and manage their NIE program. The platform includes advance mobile user experience and a line of dynamic features to engage with student, leveraging mobile capabilities such as Geo-Location and instant content pushing.
3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]
The NIE program provides newspapers content to students and enables teachers to follow the Student’s reading skills. Newspapers, students and teachers will use the fruits of the project.
4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.
· Newspapers will learn about our mobile NIE platform through a direct marketing
· Teachers will learn about it thorough by training classes.
5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]
Our Company is a member of the Project Liberty Digital Incubator – A joint initiative of the Interstate Media Group and the Knight Foundation. We are working with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s NIE program.
6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]
We established the platform that includes a dynamic frontend with line of engagement features (Mobile application) and an intelligent backend system to manage and follow the performances of students.
7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]
Getting students more involve with news, improving students reading skills and giving teachers tools to follow the performances of the individual.
8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]
The resources that we will need are software developers, Graphic designers, hosting services, account managers and access to NIE programs for implementation.
Please list who is on your team:
Al. E. Azoulay - Co-founder & CEO
Al is a news addict with many years of business-development experience and a history in startup executions.
Uyen Tieu - Co-founder & CMO
Uyen was the Head of Global Strategy at Microsoft and the VP of Marketing Partnerships and the VP for MTV Networks/Viacom.
Kostya Volkov - Vice President, R&D.
Kostya has spent over 20 years creating technology solutions for many types of businesses. A passionate technologist with a deep interest in software.
Avi Neeman -Chief Design Officer
Avi has an outstanding commitment and understanding when it comes to design. Among his works you can find the branding and design of McCann Ericsson.
Expected number of months to complete project: 6-9 months
Estimated Project Cost: $500,000
Name: Rumble News
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization: Rumble News Ltd
How did you learn about the contest?
We have been following the different News Challenges of the Knight Foundation and waited for mobile related challenge.