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In August we launched the 10th Knight News Challenge asking the question, “How can we harness data and information for the health of communities?” We received 686 entries when we ran the contest in September and chose the winners from 40 semifinalists. Overall, we felt this was the strongest field we’ve yet seen in the News Challenge.
This News Challenge was different for us. It marked the first time we dove into an unfamiliar topic. It was also the first time we collaborated with other foundations on the contest. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation helped us conceive the challenge, participated with us in our outreach campaign and each contributed money toward awards. The Health Data Consortium and the Clinton Foundation joined to help us evaluate proposals. All four organizations helped us organize our 21-city road tour, where we promoted the contest and listened to ideas. We learned a lot, and we’re grateful for their participation.
Here are some of the things we noticed while running the challenge:
The seven winners of the Knight News Challenge Health listed below are now part of the larger community of News Challenge projects. We’ll begin the grants with human-centered design training at the Luma Institute next month. In addition, we are funding eight early-stage projects from the pool of applicants through our Prototype Fund. (Look for more on the Prototype Fund next week, which is accepting applications through Jan. 31.)
Here are the seven winners, with projects totaling $2,248,000.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the News Challenge, including those who wrote about health data for Knight Blog and to all of those who helped us review applications. And a special thanks to Raina Kumra, who was instrumental in helping put this contest together.
In March, we’ll announce the theme for the next News Challenge.
Related links: "Leveraging digital platforms for health" by Elizabeth R. Miller on KnightBlog.org, "Positive solutions to local health problems" by Andy Krackov on KnightBlog.org and "Highlighting the runners-up in Knight News Challenge: Health" by Chris Sopher and John Bracken on KnightBlog.org