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.

Semi-finalists advance in News Challenge: Mobile

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Today in Miami, we’re gathering 16 journalists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to help us review the semi-finalists in the latest Knight News Challenge, on mobile.  

By the end of the day, we hope to have 10-12 finalists that we’ll examine more deeply over the next few weeks. (If you are one of those finalists, you can expect to hear from us by next week.) We expect to bring about five to seven of those forward for consideration by Knight Foundation’s trustees at its December board meeting and to publicly announce the winners in January of 2013.

The semi-finalists projects are:

A Mobile Good Health Community
Apps for Good
Augmented Reality & Geolocation Toolkit
Backyard Budget Mobile
Boomerang Mojo News
Carbon Creditor
Escape Velocity
Is this for real?
Live field reporting narratives
LocalWiki Mobile
Louisiana Smart Grid
mActivist in a Box
Mobilizing Psychology
n0tice Customizable citizen reporting
National Council on Aging
Navajo InfoWire
NC Mobile Voter Guide
Open 311 Mobile Dashboard
Open mHealth
Project Mobile Connections
Remote Access: Connecting threatened communities with the outside world
ReSystem: Rethinking media in developing countries
scalable networked community radio
Secure Mobile Communications Tool for Journalists
Textizen: Citizen feedback for the digital age
Virtual town meeting
WeFarm: Reaching the 75%
Wikipedia mobile

In addition to those listed above, we are also reviewing 13 closed applications.

We’d like to thank the following people who have taken the time to join us in reviewing these projects:

Mark Armstrong, Pocket; Krishna Bharat, Google; Blaine Cooke; Erika Fowler, Wesleyan University; Aziz Gilani, DFJ Mercury; Dan Green, Gates Foundation; Reyhan Harmanci, Buzzfeed; Hilary Hoeber, IDEO; Jaime Holguin, Associated Press; Sue Kronick; Omar Lee; Andrew MacLaughlin; Aron Pilhofer, New York Times; Dan Sinker, Mozilla; Kio Stark, NYU ITP; Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Center for Civic Media;

We closed the Knight News Challenge: Mobile in September with over 525 applications. Winners of the two earlier News Challenge rounds of year, on networks and data have already been announced. We also recently announced that the first theme of Knight’s 2013 News Challenge will focus on tools for open government.

By Knight’s John Bracken, director/journalism and media innovation and Chris Sopher, journalism program associate.