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Re: [learningfromeachother] Congratulations from the Knight News Challenge!

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  • Edward Cherlin
    ... Congratulations. ... I took a look and left them a message. ... -- Edward Cherlin End Poverty at a Profit by teaching children business
    Message 1 of 2 , May 14, 2008
      On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 6:28 PM, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
      > 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
      > applicants.


      > 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.

      I took a look and left them a message.

      > 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
      > $15,000
      > Blogger
      > 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
      > director.
      > 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
      > innovators.
      > 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
      > http://www.ms.lt
      > ms@...
      > +1 312 618 3345
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      Edward Cherlin
      End Poverty at a Profit by teaching children business
      "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."--Alan Kay
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