LA Smartphone Radio Project Among Knight Foundation Mobile News Challenge Winners

Tomorrow, eight lucky enterprises from around the country will share information live via the Web about mobile projects that claimed a total of $2.4 million in grant money from the Knight Foundation. The group includes RootIO, an LA App led by Chris Csikszentmihalyi and Jude Mukundane.

RootIO is receiving $200,000 from the foundation to continue working on an open-source toolkit that allows users to radio-broadcast using a Smartphone and transmitter. From this morning’s announcement:

The project will be piloted in Uganda in partnership with the Uganda Radio Network, UNICEF Uganda and UNICEF Innovation Unit. Csikszentmihalyi is a technologist, humanist, designer and artist…

He is currently helping to start a new program around design for social change at the Art Center College of Design, where he is a professor of media design. Prior to that, he co-founded and directed the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He also founded the MIT Media Lab’s Computing Culture group, which worked to create unique media technologies for socio-cultural and political applications.

Mukundane meanwhile is currently the head of VAS and technology innovations for Uganda Telecom. Other winners include two groups based out of San Francisco: the Wikimedia Foundation and Textizen. Congrats to all.