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.
Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.
Round 1 - on networks - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
Round 2 - on data - will be open May 31 - June 21. We’re looking for new ways of collecting, understanding, visualizing and helping the public use the large amounts of information generated each day. Winners will be announced in late September.
Details on Round 3 will available later this year.
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.
Create beautiful decentralized web/mobile applications to publish, organize, share and archive photos using Dropbox, S3, or Box.net.
Similar efforts focusing on data ownership and portability exist such as UnHosted and MediaGoblin. Neither are focused on photos.
There is integration with Facebook and Twitter for publishing and sharing. We leverage existing cloud storage services such as Dropbox, S3 or Box.net and have the ability to support others as they become available.
People are frustrated with the lack of ownership and portability when it relates to their photos. They have photos scattered across numerous services with no way to synchronize them. We tested this hypothesis on Kickstarter and over 400 people pledged $25,000 for us to build it.
Jaisen Mathai, formerly co-founded photo sharing company Photagious from 2004-2008, ex-Yahoo. Eight years experience in the online photo space. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaisenmathai
Patrick Santana, formerly founded Moogu consulting firm. http://www.linkedin.com/in/patricksan
A community of over 50 people who have contributed source code to the project. http://theopenphotoproject.org/team
We’ve already completed the API, web app, iPhone & Android apps, Wordpress plugin, language bindings for Python, Ruby, Java and PHP. Everything is available on GitHub. https://github.com/openphoto
We are offering a hosted version of the software under a freemium model where users can pay for premium services. These include top level domain mapping, unlimited storage, the ability to link to personal cloud accounts, custom themes, etc.