Nearly 2,000 applications were filed for the Knight Foundation 2009 News Challenge. As you may recall, the Knight Foundation has committed to fund $25M over five years to projects that:
- Use or create digital, open-source technology as the code base
- Serve the public interest
- Benefit one or more specific geographic communities
That is a lot of money supporting the development of open source software and citizen activism!
In the course of this process I have decided to sign on as an advisor to one such project, should it's $500,000 funding request and $500,000 matching grant be approved.