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Last month at the Civic Media Conference at the MIT Media Lab, we announced health as the theme of the next Knight News Challenge. Today we have the details: the collaborators we’ve brought together, the question we’ll be asking and our timeline.
The Knight News Challenge: Health will focus on the question: “How can we harness data and public information for the health of communities?”
"Knight News Challenge: Health opens with inspiration phase, additional prizes from collaborators" by Raina Kumra and John Bracken
"Announcing key collaborators and details of Knight News Challenge: Health" by John Bracken and Chris Barr
"Data: Why we care" by Esther Dyson
"Data provides a focus for community action" by Bryan Sivak
"News Challenge: Make APIs not apps, health CEO says" by Lucky Gunasekara
"How data-driven solutions can transform health" by Lexie Komisar
"California HealthCare Foundation: The data stops here" and "It takes a community to humanize health data" by Andy Krackov
"Data essential to promoting healthy habits" by Nirav R. Shah
For the first time, we are collaborating with other organizations on a News Challenge. They’ve already worked with us on the selection of the theme. Now they are helping us spread the word about the challenge and discuss how data and information can lead to healthier communities. You’ll see them on the road with us at in-person events across the country over the next seven weeks and as commenters and readers at newschallenge.org.
We will launch the challenge Aug. 19 with an “inspiration phase,” where we ask for everyone—from health entrepreneurs to journalists to community groups and residents—to share the opportunities and challenges they’re facing in their work and lives, which data and public information might help address. Those inspirations will inform the contest and help guide our review of submissions.
We’ll accept submissions to the News Challenge: Health from Sept. 3 to Sept. 17. Anyone in the United States or abroad, from an individual to a nonprofit to a company, may apply with an idea that touches on the challenge question. All entries received during that period will receive consideration to win a share of more than $2 million. You can find more details about applying, and the contest rules, here.
We hope to see you Aug. 19 at www.newschallenge.org to share your inspirations and ideas. As we did with the last News Challenge, we’ll do in-person events across the country. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can hit us up on Twitter @knightfdn using #newschallenge, or via e-mail at cksopher(at)knightfoundation.org.