Knight News Challenge

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The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.

Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.

Challenge 1 - on NETWORKS - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.

Challenge 2 - on DATA - will be open May 31 - June 21. We’re looking for new ways of collecting, understanding, visualizing and helping the public use the large amounts of information generated each day. Winners will be announced in late September.

Details on Challenge 3 will available later this year.

Anyone, anywhere can apply for the challenge - whether for-profit start-ups or non-profit ventures. For more information on a variety of topics - from guidelines for for-profits, on intellectual property licensing, open source software and more - visit our FAQ.

"Where are the Women At" Database

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1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]

We are building a search engine that will identify, collect, and categorize female leaders in all industries in the US.

2. How will your project make data more useful? [50 words]

We will aggregate user-generated and available data from online news, social and government sources regarding women leaders.  When the question - “Where are the women?” in specific fields or areas of expertise - arises, users can search and filter our database by a variety of queries to find the answer.

3. How is your project different from what already exists? [30 words]

Currently, information on women leaders is scattered across thousands of networks.  Thus, not easily accessible. Our database is a single repository for targeted information on women across all industries.

4. Why will it work? [100 words]

Our database is a single repository for targeted information on women across all industries.
Aggregating and filtering our data in a user-friendly method has been in high demand, particularly as the call for gender parity in career fields and media representation has swelled. Our search engine is user-friendly and productive filter responsiveness.  It also helps users reduce research time for such information.

5. Who is working on it? [100 words]

Marian Mangoubi - Integrated Marketer with over 10 years of experience and the Founder of Sassy CEO, an online media site showcasing women tech entrepreneurs.  Marian is part of several women’s networks in various fields (film, politics, finance, tech, small business) and holds an MBA and a BA in Sociology.  

Melissa Pierce – Independent Filmmaker and Entrepreneur who runs an organization that teaches women how to code, plans PITCH Conference to help people learn how to present their ideas, serves as an Advisor at start-up incubator Sandbox Industries, and is on the advisory board of the not-for-profit,

6. What part of the project have you already built? [100 words]

We have compiled comprehensive lists of thousands of women in various industries, geographies, and leadership roles, and have identified several hundred more integrate-able lists, networks, and databases to cull information from by hand. We are anxious to start crawling the web using already existing tools. We are researching building a scalable model to process and record the multiple queries we have been receiving from outside sources including journalists, venture capitalists, and social organizations. We have provided rudimentary reports on our findings online in various publications including TechCocktail, Women2.0, and Forbes.

7. How would you use News Challenge funds? [50 words]

We will use the funds to complete the development, test, compile, launch, and host the search engine as well as market and maintain it.  

8. How would you sustain the project after the funding expires? [50 words]

We will sustain the project via paid access to specialized lists, market research, industry reports, etc.  We will also incorporate advertising. Our long term goal is to help women across a variety of industries and geographies to connect and learn from one another through paid social and online events.

Requested amount:  $275,000.00

Expected number of months to complete project:   6 to 8 months 
Total Project Cost:   $275,000.00 
Name:   Marian Mangoubi & Melissa Pierce 
Twitter:   @WhereWomenAre 
Email address [optional]:
City:   Chicago 
Country:   US 
How did you learn about the contest?  Rachel Sklar of Change the Ratio

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