Re: [learningfromeachother] Congratulations from the Knight News Challenge!
- On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 6:28 PM, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
> Greetings from Las Vegas, Nevada! I have secretly arrived here but todayCongratulations.
> 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, theyI took a look and left them a message.
> 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.
> The Includer
> 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
> journalism projects
> 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
> journalism program.
> Media Resources:
> 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@...
> Minciu Sodas
> +1 312 618 3345
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