Every year, the Knight News Challenge rewards innovation in media with funding from the Knight Foundation. This year’s winners in the mobile division earned a collective $2.4 million to make information more accessible in communities around the world.
Today, the eight winners are presenting their projects live from Arizona State University at an event focused on the future of mobile media. For non-Arizonians, there will be a Web stream starting at 12:30 p.m. ET/ 10:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. PT.
Here’s what viewers can expect to see:
Wikimedia Foundation is developing software to bring Wikipedia to low-end phones and to translate the online encyclopedia into other languages.
WITNESS, in partnership with The Guardian Project, is creating an app for automatically stamping photos and videos with identifying information.
Digital Democracy’s mobile tool kit will help residents of the Peruvian Amazon document the effects of mining and oil drilling.
RootIO uses software to turn mobile phones into micro community radio stations.
Abayima’s app can turn a SIM card into a storage device for news and other information in the event of a crisis.
Textizen wants to plant survey questions in public places for citizens to discover and text in their answers.
TKOH is working on an oral history recorder that prompts people to share their stories with pre-selected photos and videos.
“In 2013 the number of Internet-enabled mobile devices is expected to be greater than the number of computers for the first time. These eight Knight News Challenge projects, and the innovators behind them, are helping to stretch the ways people around the world are engaging with information and using it to shape their communities,” said Michael Maness, VP for journalism and media innovation at Knight Foundation in a statement.
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