mojo innovation challenge 2011 start your engines

MoJo Innovation Challenge 2011: Start Your Engines!

The stars are beginning to align for the launch of the 2011 Knight-Mozilla News Innovation Challenge.

On Monday, April 18th, we will be making some important announcements and the following week, we will open the gates for public entries.  I want to give you, our faithful MoJo friends and followers, an early notice and ask for your help in spreading the word in the coming weeks.

What’s going to happen

The 2011 Challenge will run from April 25-June 20.  We will be posting 3 distinct challenge statements in 2 week intervals.

For new readers, the ultimate prize for successful entrant is a yearlong, paid fellowship at one of our partners’ newsrooms around the world, including the Al Jazeera, BBC,, The Guardian and Zeit Online.  Along the way, we will also offer online Learning Lab and Hackfest experiences to develop the expertise of our candidate pool.  Every single participant will play a part in shaping the future of news with Knight and Mozilla.

Here is the basic calendar for the challenge and the topics our challenge statements will cover.

Challenge 1 – Open Video

Explore how HTML5 and open video can make news video more engaging.

April 25-May 6: Submission period

May 9-20: Community voting

Challenge 2 – Re-imagine Comments & Debate

How can open web tech improve the quality of online discourse?

May 9-20: Submission period

May 23-June 3: Community voting

Challenge 3 – HTML5 News Applications of Tomorrow

How can news organizations best deliver high-quality journalism across devices and platforms?

May 23-June 3: Submission period

June 6-17: Community voting

Winners announced during the week of June 20th! Approximately 60 challenge entrants will be invited to our online Learning Lab to interact with top thought leaders and makers at the intersection of web and news innovation, taking one more step towards the fellowship.

Spreading the word

We’ll need all the help we can get to make sure that lots of great people submit their ideas to the challenge.  I’ll be reaching out to a long list of people we want to engage next week.  In the meantime, help out by:

  • Joining the MoJo community mailing list for up-to-the minute and follow along with our thinking on the project wiki. A new public-facing web site is coming down the pipeline shortly.
  • Follow @knightmozilla on Twitter and ask your followers to do the same.  Here’s a sample tweet: Please follow @knightmozilla for Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership updates. RT love much appreciated. #knightmozilla #drumbeat
  • We’re planning meetups in Berlin, Boston, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle with local partners. We’ll treat participants with beer and great company in exchange for a challenge entry to help feed the pipeline. Stay tuned and be in touch if you’d like to participate in an event or make your own in a different city.

So, if you want a shot at the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Fellowship or know someone who should enter, start your engines – the race is about to begin.

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