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]

An application to engage the public and create a community that monitors  the implementation of publicly funded projects by providing information on each project’s timeliness, quality, cost-efficiency and completion rates, i.e. a public projects information and monitoring tool.

2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]

a) Receive information on projects from the public through sms, tweets and call on any project as they see and experience it, like, contractor for x road-works has not been on site for the last two weeks or why is he/she not providing protective gear for the workers on site A?

b) Create feedback mechanism through engagement with the project consultants, contractors, and the project implementing authority and professional groups and individuals

3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]

The general public, who need to know how “ their” project is progressing as opposed to the current situation where hardly any information is available, the project contractors to give and receive feedback on the project they are implementing and professional groups and individuals, e.g. engineers, for active advice and involvement.

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

2pm will be marketed through:

·         Initial marketing campaign through local press and advertisements

·         2nd level marketing through social media.

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

(i)         Connections already made with the Institute of Engineers of Kenya, Institute of Construction Project Managers of Kenya, Public Procurement Oversight Authority and two Class “A” contractors (highest level of ranking in Kenya) and many of my peers and friends are willing to use the application when ready.

(ii)        Connections with the Ministry of Public Works (regulatory authority)

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]

Project concept notes already written and one developer has started writing code on the project.

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

(i)         Informed public on the many projects the Government of Kenya is implementing using their taxes;

(ii)        Changed project delivery culture in Kenya through using the contractors’ performance database to lobby the Authorities in making decisions on who should and should not undertake or participate in, public projects.

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

(i)         Initial project development expenses, like design and coding, hardware and other infrastructure, software, internet connection and office space

(ii)        Marketingeffort and implementation.

Additional details:

Please list who is on your team:

1.      Eng. Charles Kabubo – Member, Institute of Construction Project Managers of Kenya (advisory role)

2.      Mr. Paul Kareru – Developer/Coder

3.      Mr. Joseph Mwangi – Designer/Coder

Expected number of months to complete project:
Project to complete four months (for version 1)

Estimated Project Cost:
US Dollars 140,000

Name: Andrew Muriuki

Twitter: @Amuriuki

Email address:

Organization [if applicable]: Not Applicable

City: Nairobi

Country: Kenya

How did you learn about the contest? Through Hacker News