Deadline:

2nd September 2019.

Location:

Online.

(Award)

Description

GNI Innovation Challenge.

The GNI will fund a set of projects from around the world that meet specified criteria, with the intent of producing learning and thought leadership to share with the wider industry.

More Details

GNI is proud to launch the GNI’s first Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Africa & Turkey Region. The Challenge will focus on reader engagement and new business models in any form. Google will fund selected projects up to USD $150,000 and will finance up to 70% of the total project cost. Special discretion on the total project cap may be considered by the Jury depending on the scale and impact of a very large collaborative effort.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

All ideas are welcome but it’s required that all projects to have clear indicators showing the impact of the project from a user perspective and/or from a business perspective (eg: audience indicators, business plan when relevant). Successful projects will also need to be delivered within one year.

GNI encourage innovative projects – focused on but not limited to- the areas below:

  • Business Models.
  • Distribution.
  • Interface.
  • Social.
  • Workflow.

Required Languages

English.

Eligible Countries

EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, PALESTINE, JORDAN, LEBANON, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, MOROCCO, SUDAN, LIBYA, SAUDI ARABIA,  EMIRATES, KUWAIT, QATAR, BAHRAIN, OMAN, SOMALIA, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, TURKEY, COMOROS, & OTHER COUNTRIES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.

Program Period

The application window will close on Monday, September 2 at 23:59 GMT.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The Middle East, Africa and Turkey GNI Innovation Challenge is open to organizations of every size, including freelancers and sole traders, that aim to produce innovative, original journalism and to enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content, whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem.
  • Incorporated organizations must be incorporated in one of the eligible countries within the Middle East, Africa and Turkey (Check the list of the eligible countries from here). Unincorporated organizations must be registered in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey or, if unregistered, have their principal place of business based in the region.
  • All ideas are welcome but GNI are requiring all projects to have clear indicators showing the impact of the project from a user perspective and/or from a business perspective (eg: audience indicators, business plan when relevant). Successful projects will also need to be delivered within one year.GNI encourage innovative projects – focused on but not limited to- the areas below:
    • Business Models
    • Distribution
    • Interface
    • Social
    • Workflow

    Projects can be experimental but must be measurable with well-defined goals. We encourage you to clearly underline the opportunities of the project by providing clear key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs should have a significant digital component.

  • Projects will be evaluated against four main criteria:
    • Impact on the news ecosystem: Projects should demonstrate potential for significant positive impact on the creation of new revenue streams and/or change the way people consume digital news.
    • Innovation: Preferred projects will be innovative (use of technology, business model, new reader engagement approaches etc) and be transformative for the applicant and for users.
    • Feasibility: Projects should demonstrate clear indicators and metrics, or even a business plan when relevant, and set out key risks and mitigation steps.
    • Inspiration: How can the project help news organizations learn from each other? Willingness to share knowledge, open source code or/and to contribute to the improvement of the ecosystem overall.
  • Projects that would NOT qualify for Innovation Challenge funding include:
    • Projects relating to news coverage only or projects merely translating news content into other languages.
    • Upgrades of legacy publishing systems.
    • Projects that relate to simply collating or listing data (for example, the publication of job listings or stock exchange data, or the re-publication of newswire articles).
    • Projects on training or education only.
    • Projects which do not have any monetization component.
    • Projects which do not impact a news organization.
    • Projects which reflect research without implementation.

Opportunity Cost

(Award)

Projects that are awarded funding will receive a maximum of the lower of:

  • 70% of the overall costs of the relevant project.
  • $150,000.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be in English and submitted through the web form from here.

In order to assess the projects, the Project Team will need information including:

  • Company/individual information.
  • Location, URL, number of employees, number of journalists.
  • Project description.
  • Project budget and amount of funding requested.
  • Key indicators to measure the impact of the project.
  • If relevant for your project, provide monetization details showing the potential of the project to create economic value added for the business.
  • A slideshow of, ideally, 10 slides or fewer which should address at least the following:
    • Introduction.
    • Team.
    • Problem.
    • Solution.
    • Product.
    • Target Market.
    • Competition.
    • Business Model or key added value & opportunities
    • Appendix.
    • Contact.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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