Congratulations from the Knight News Challenge!
- Greetings from Las Vegas, Nevada! I have secretly arrived here but today
I can share the secret. Do you remember our application for the Knight
News Challenge last October? We are one of 16 winners out of 3,000
I asked for about $300,000 for us to build 200 Includers. Instead, they
decided to grant me $15,000 to blog for one year at the PBS website
http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/ about our efforts. This will be very great
exposure for all of our projects. And our lab and our Includer will be
alive for one year and surely we will accomplish much! especially to reach
out and include the hard to reach.
Congratulations and thank you to Ricardo, Samwel Kongere, Kennedy Owino,
Janet Feldman, Sasha Mrkailo, Maria Agnese Giraudo and all who helped with
our proposal, and more importantly, who have helped to make our dreams
real. I leave on Thursday for San Francisco and I will be in the Bay Area
for a couple of weeks and hope to catch up with our projects.
Peace, Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@..., +1
312 618 3345.
Andrius Kulikauskas will blog about different methods of getting digital
information to rural areas that don’t have Internet access. He will
discuss using a “reader,” or a device for writing and reviewing text files
stored on any USB flash drive. The device is meant for people in rural
areas with marginal online access so that messages can be physically
transported to and from places connected to the Internet. In this system,
an individual would load a USB drive at an Internet café, then travel to a
village where the information could be read with another device. This
method will be discussed in contrast to the pros and cons of using the
$100 wireless laptop.
Winner Andrius Kulikauskas is a dual citizen of Lithuania and the United
States. In 1998, he founded Minciu Sodas, an online laboratory for serving
independent thinkers around the world. He wants to organize 100,000 of
them, enough for a vibrant culture. He organizes them by asking: What is
your deepest value in life? What is a question that you don’t know the
answer to, but wish to answer? What would you like to achieve? His own
deepest value is “living by truth.”
Knight News Challenge
2008 Winners Announced Today
At E&P/Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference
Award recipients include World Wide Web
Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee
LAS VEGAS — Sixteen ideas to fund innovative digital projects around the
world were awarded $5.5 million dollars today from the John S. and James
L. Knight Foundation. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide
Web, accepted one of the awards for a project that will create a
technology to give users more information about the origins and sourcing
of digital content.
Berners-Lee's project is a partnership between the Media Standards Trust
and the UK-based Web Science Research Initiative, of which he is a
This is the second year of the $25 million Knight News Challenge, which
funds digital information innovations that transform community life.
Announced at the Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas, this year's
projects will touch people in rural India, the townships of South Africa
and on college campuses across the United States, among other places. The
winners' ideas include:
Using the Web to solicit funding from the public to pay for investigative
Creating software that allows a computer to become a digital radio
transmitter, significantly reducing the cost of setting up community news
stations in India
Blogging to discuss the idea of interactive games where students measure
and track their personal demand on natural resources.
The prizes ranged from $15,000 to $876,000, and were given to individuals,
philanthropic organizations and for-profit businesses, including the
Bakersfield Californian newspaper. Ten winners were from the United
States, and six were from Canada, England, Lithuania, South Africa,
Zimbabwe and Russia.
"Just as the Knight brothers used their newspapers to help create the
conversations about improving life in their communities, we look forward
to these projects that use new information tools to inform and inspire
community," said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation.
In 2007, the Knight News Challenge awarded $12 million to 25 digital
This year, several projects focus on bridging the digital divide, such as
one to deliver news by text message to inexpensive cell phones used in
developing countries. Often these mobile phones are the only modern
communications devices in a community.
Other projects sought to develop tools that make it easy for anyone, not
just technology specialists, to join the digital conversation.
"More and more, if you're not in the digital conversation about your
community, you're not in a conversation that matters," Ibargüen said.
The number of applicants for Knight News Challenge increased 82 percent in
its second year, to 3,000. The percentage of foreign applicants increased
to 40 percent from 15 percent in 2007. The contest was advertised in 10
languages. It also featured a special "Young Creators" category to reward
the ideas of those who are 25 and younger.
Six of this year's winners were "Young Creators."
"We're excited that young people want to use their ideas and skills to
help inform people in new ways and help those people create stronger
communities," said Eric Newton, vice president of Knight Foundation's
Knight News Challenge Web site: http://www.newschallenge.org
Hi-res photos of the winners: http://www.kflinks.com/knc-photos
Winner bios and project descriptions: http://www.kflinks.com/knc-bios
Winners contact information: http://www.kflinks.com/winners-contact
Knight Foundation factsheet: http://www.kflinks.com/kf-factsheet
Knight News Challenge factsheet: http://www.kflinks.com/knc-factsheet
This document: http://www.kflinks.com/knc-release
General media contact: Marc Fest, Knight Foundation vice president for
Communications, 305-908-2677, fest@...
+1 312 618 3345