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.

Mobile Tablets for Information cure

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1. What is your project? [1 sentence]

My project Mobile Tablets for Information cure uses mobile application

to enhance the right to information and the freedom of information.

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

My project will use mobile tools and applications to share information

and to enhance a good system of checks and balances that is required

for a well functioning democracy. This will inspire freedom of

information and augurs well for good governance, create transparency

and free access to public information.

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

The product of this project will be used by journalist, media, youth

leaders, civil society, NGO, INGO, CBO, Government, Scholars

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

1) Social Media- Facebook/Twitter, Peace and collaborative development

Network (PCDN), Xain, Linkedin. Through maintaining a presence on

social media and through  interactive pages on these social medium,

people will learn about and obtain valuable ideas and discuss about

shared experiences and advance resources.

2. Through a network of civil society activist, scholars, people in

the media and journalism around the world who will be invited to that

platform to share best practices and ideas

3) Through not for profit organizations that can also identify with

the project in their communities and join the network

5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others

[communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2


I have made connections with the International Telecommunication Union

(ITU) and Fellows and alumni,  The International Young Professionals


(IYPF), The Jeanne Sauve Scholars Foundation in Montreal Canada, The

Coady International –Africa-Canada Youth Leadership Symposium Alumni,

The Youth Leadership In Sierra Leone, The Inaugural Oxford World

Ethics Forum Youth Leaders Alumni, and the World Innovation Summit for

Education, The Anti Corruption Commissions, Society for Democratic

Initiatives, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the National

Telecommunications Company in Sierra Leone.

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences,

feel free to include links]

The project is in the idea stages and we have already floated the idea

across to our network and identified a mobile application developer to

be part of the team and shared the idea to develop the mobile platform

which will provide a great leverage that can be used to enforce the

right to information via mobile application and tools

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

The success of my project will mean, providing up-to date mobile

application tools that enhances the access to and freedom of

information to the public, and raise the quality of democracy and

strengthens civic participation. Bringing information at a lightening

speed and on the tip of myriad fingers through the mobile platform,

that synchronizes with social media in a way that strengthens people’s

ability to get open access to information, participate in governance

process and democracy, and which creates a sound investment in better

policy making and contribute to public trust and confidence in


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

My project will require an mobile application developer, consultants

in media, free speech and democracy to create the product, as well as

the technical and financial resources to take the work to the next


Additional details:

Please list who is on your team:

1.Andrew Benson Greene (Founder and CEO of B-Gifted Foundation (ITU Fellow)

2. Bipin B. Agravat, Willager, Entrepreneurial Innovator, CEO Web, Mobile, Space Technology+Startup Strategist


3. Sarika Jain (Consultant). Bain And Company

4. Archel Francisco (Web Consultant)

5. Abass victor Osman Kamara (Human Rights Director)

6.Ashie S. Hirji (Gem of Life).

Expected number of months to complete project: 24 months

Estimated Project Cost: $580,000

Name: Andrew Benson Greene,

Twitter: @bgifted

Email address:

Organization [if applicable]: B-Gifted Foundation

City: Freetown

Country: Sierra Leone

How did you learn about the contest? Through the PCDN email alert