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.
Build a unique network infrastructure enabling remote human operators to assist live mobile webcasters with spontaneous, unplanned, unscheduled citizen journalism.
Though various components exist, no one is focusing on unscheduled live webcasting, where realtime propagation and feedback - and with multiple cameras, coordination - present unique challenges.
Integrating 1) live mobile one-to-many webcasting (like Ustream, Livestream, Qik, etc.) with 2) a realtime propagation engine (like Twitter) with 3) “live video matching” to instantly connect webcasters with remote human operators (several options but Airtime.com may be the ideal candidate).
Any live webcast worthy of viewers will have a small percentage of them interested in playing a more active role. And any live webcaster on the ground can use all the help which can be mustered. Broadcast networks have long known this, and have developed an infrastructure of remote human operators providing direction, coordination, and feedback to their on-ground camera people. We believe this infrastructure can be configured in real time, on the fly, by instantly matching human operators and webcasters based on interest and ability, and that this infrastructure can be designed to be emergent, adaptive, and scalable.
This project has roots going back to Kundi.com, a 2001 Interval Research spinoff initiated by Michael Naimark; and Tele-Journalist, a 2004 NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program project initiated by Shawn Van Every.
Shawn and Michael partnered in 2011 to start liiive.tv, with additional help from Interval veterans Sally Nathan Rosenthal and Bill Verplank, among others. Ongoing collaboration continues with the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and with the NYU ITP community.
Last summer, Shawn and Michael were invited to participate in NYU ITP’s “Summer Camp for Adults” as a venue for testing liiive.tv. Shawn hacked a modest prototype based on Facetime, Flash Media Server, and Twitter. Among other things, we learned that Twitter alone doesn’t guarantee viewers and that rich feedback to the webcaster is critical. Both issues can be addressed by placing a well-matched human operator assisting in the loop.
First and foremost, we believe we can make a difference during the US Campaign and an expected very lively Summer of 2012. We will blitz to get something up very quickly to run through US Election Day, then we’ll take November and December to decide what’s next.