Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

New events combine Miami’s love for sports with technology

Oct. 21, 2014, noon, Posted by Frank Haggar

The newest events on the Miami tech scene, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins and Tech Networking @ The Dolphins combine South Florida’s passion for sports with its rapidly growing tech scene. These sports-themed gatherings allow local software and IT enthusiasts access to insights from Dolphins IT staff and Sun Life Stadium facilities to learn, network and share ideas. They will also add another layer to Miami’s increasingly diverse idea ecosystem, allowing participants the chance to explore how technology can leverage and enhance Miami’s great love for sports.

The events are supported by Knight Foundation, as well as the Dolphins.

The first of these, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins will kick off this week on Oct. 25, bringing together sports, technology and entrepreneurship. Included in the program are tech meetups at Sun Life Stadium and professional training sessions on IT and coding. A teach-a-thon event will also introduce local high school students to HTML web design and game development, as a way to engage them in idea-building.

41 ideas advance in News Challenge: Libraries

Oct. 21, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Chris Barr

Last week 11 advisers helped us select a group of semifinalists for the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.

We received 680 submissions to the challenge, which is focused on the question: how might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

Having the opportunity to look at a multitude of ideas from the library community is immensely valuable to our work. It gives us the chance to understand the shared energy among those working to innovate in the field and the shifting role of libraries in the digital age. Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries:

Get fed, get funded at MIAMI SOUP

Oct. 21, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Jenna Buehler

The first MIAMI SOUP microgrant led to the creation of a free, interactive theatrical performance that took place at locations across the city last month. “History on Wheels” is bike tour and performance based on the life story of city founder Julia Tuttle and her inventive interactions with other Miami figures like Henry Flagler, George Merrick, and James Deering. Photo Credit: Pati Laylle.

Miami’s latest recipe for social innovation offers changemakers an opportunity for network support and funding. MIAMI SOUP has invited  three people with big ideas to dine with community members -- over  gourmet soup, salad and bread -- to decide “what’s next” for the community.

How it works: Each dinner guest is a donor; event registration includes $50 for a plate of fine food and the opportunity to vote for one of three people with a small-budget idea that they believe would have big impact. The third MIAMI SOUP will take place Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Macy’s Test Kitchen in the Dadeland Mall.