Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Idea Exchange: Global Voices, TED Fellows, Journalist & Travel Opportunities

The  African News Innovation Challenge designed to promote the development of digital media products and innovations is now accepting applications and winners will receive grants from $12,500 to $100,000 for the best projects aimed at strengthening and transforming African news media.  It is Sponsored by the Omidyar Network, Google, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Knight Foundation, U.S. State Department, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). More and entries must be submitted online by July 10, 2012.

The Big Picture Digital Journalism Project is an innovative new project that aims to strengthen African journalists’ capacities through training in the use of crowdsourced journalism techniques which aim to leverage citizen participation and increase the representation of local voices and perspectives through both traditional and new media channels. Apply here.

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit  will be in Nairobi on July 2-3, 2012 and a  couple of local blogger are invited to attend for free by  writing a blog post of 500 words or less on the How citizen media can help ensure peaceful elections in Kenya in 2012-13.  More and the deadline is  June 11.

Google Europe, Middle East, and Africa  (EMEA) Travel and Conference grants to encourage women to excel in computing and technology. These can include free registration to selected conferences and up to 1000 euros towards travel costs. More
The Prince Claus Fund welcomes project proposals for cultural initiatives in the fields of digital culture and new media. Apply by the Deadline of 17 June 2012 (via @itsbuddhablaze)

Rockefeller Foundation- 2012 Innovation Challenges Competition. Details
  • Apply to be a TED2013 Fellow, opening on  May 28.
  •  Share your idea for the City 2.0 — and  apply  for a $10,000 award to make it happen.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation  is sponsoring a Financial & Economic Reporting traning course in Kampala in June 2012 to help journalists in Africa to strengthen their reporting on financial and economic topics. More  and the application deadline is 31 May 2012 (via @uginsomniac) 

Young Innovators Competition – Your Innovation on a World Stage:  ITU, the leading United Nations Agency for information and communication technology is looking for the next generation of young visionaries for its Young Innovators Competition.  Details here


East African media awards (site is down) open to practicing journalists in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda in reporting categories of  higher education, health, agriculture/food security, political, financing, environmental, and business reporting. Deadline is June 22.

Global Film Initiative: Grants of up to $10,000 for feature film projects in all stages of production.  More  and the deadline is July 16.
Hivos and VC4Africa:  Have a incubator award for 2012 with a top prize of $15,000 for the chosen  entrepreneur. 
Kwani? Trust:  The Kwani? Manuscript Project is a literary prize for unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora with a top prize of  $3,500. More and the deadline is 20 August. 
Orange: The Orange African Social Venture Prize is meant to promote social ICT innovation with three prizes of ~$12,500.  More and the deadline is September 21.

Qatar Airways: Upload inspiring pictures and win return trip tickets as prizes. Deadline is June 30.

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