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Knight News Challenge on Data opens for ideas, apply by Sep 30


The Knight News Challenge on Data open for ideas - apply by Sep 30, propose projects that use data for good to inform and empower people. Winners will receive a share of $3M.



Knight News Challenge

The Knight News Challenge on Data is now open for ideas through 5 p.m. ET Sept. 30. This News Challenge, our 14th, reflects Knight Foundation's ongoing support for projects that use data for good to inform and empower people to make decisions about their lives, communities and democracy.

In collaboration with Data & Society and the Open Society Foundations, we are seeking projects that provide an answer to the question:

How might we make data work for individuals and communities?

Winners will receive a share of $3 million, and we're seeking ideas from anyone - journalists, startups, civic hackers, academics, media organizations, nonprofits, governments, individuals and more. The challenge is intended to create opportunities to analyze, collect, present, interpret and share data to increase transparency, enhance privacy and security, and improve journalism and storytelling techniques.

Here are the main stages of the challenge:
  • Entries: Sept. 8 to Sept. 30 (5 p.m. ET). Apply at newschallenge.org.
  • Feedback: Oct. 1 to Oct. 20. Ideas are open to feedback from our official reviewers and the public. Comment at newschallenge.org.
  • Refinement: Oct. 21 to 28. We select semifinalists and ask them to provide more information.
  • Evaluation: Begins Oct. 29. We, along with outside advisers, review the semifinalists, select the finalists and conduct interviews. We will announce the winners in early 2016.

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