Just in! US$7,000 in Seed Grants for Best Prototypes at GIJC13 Hackfest

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hackatonMariano Blejman, director of the News Innovation Program for Latin America (Pinlatam.org) and Justin Arenstein, executive committee representative of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), have announced that their organizations will pledge US$ 7.000 in seed grants for best prototypes developed during Hack in Rio, the hackday at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, an event that combines the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, the annual Latin America Investigative Journalism Conference (COLPIN), and the International Congress of ABRAJI (Brazil’s investigative journalism association).

The Conference starts this saturday in Rio de Janeiro and the hackday will take place on sunday (register here). Following the conference theme, Hack in Rio will be focus on advancing quality investigative journalism using technology on the 3 tracks before mentioned: government corruption, sports corruption and environmental issues.

The US$ 7.000 in grants will be awarded to the best prototypes developed at the hackday, for investigative data journalism collaborations between African, Latinamerican and global media partners. The micro-grants are meant to help teams build their hackday ideas into early proofs-of-concept, which could unlock additional funding and/or technical support. Project ideas and teams must be added to the hackday dashboard.

US$ 5.000 as micro-grants will be to kickstart the best project ideas involving international collaborations with African news / data / tech teams. These grants will be made in the name of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), underwritten by African Media Initiative. US$ 2.000 of the micro-grants will serve the same purpose for project ideas between international collaborations and
Latinamerican news/data/tech teams and will come from the Hacklabs fund from PinLatam. Arenstein and Blejman are both Knight Fellows at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

Africa related grants.
-1x US$ 2.000 seed grant
-3x US$ 1.000 seed grants
Latinamerica related.
-2x US$ 1.000 seed grants


The jury that will review the projects is integrated by:

-Brant Houston, GIJN
-Justin Arenstein, AMI
-Mariano Blejman, Pinlatam.org
-Ben Colmery, ICFJ
-Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Connectas
-Marcio Vasconcelos, Avina
-Giannina Segnini, La Nación, Costa Rica

The projects will have to be the result of the work done during the Hack in Rio hackday. One hour before the end of the hackday, each team will have to submit their projects for evaluation by jurors using the submission form that will be provided to them. Juror will have one week to review the projects and vote for each one of them. The announcement of the seed grants will be done two weeks after the Hackday and will be informed via IJNET.org and via email to all hackday attendees.

In the event of a small number of Africa-specific projects or Latinamerica-specific projects, or concerns about the viability of project proposals, the jury may decide to award a smaller number of higher value micro-grants. The jury also reserves the right to not award any grants.

HACK IN RIO #hackinrio
-When: Sunday, october 13th, 2013. 9 am-7pm
-Where: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Room B1 (IAG)
 dashboard: http://hackinrio.hackdash.org
-More information about the Conference: https://gijc2013.org/home/

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