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    What is the GNI Innovation Challenge?


    As part of this program, the GNI will fund a set of projects from around the world that meet specified criteria, with the intent of producing learning and thought leadership to share with the wider industry.

    We are proud to launch the GNI’s first Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Africa & Turkey Region. The Challenge will focus on reader engagement and new business models in any form. Google will fund selected projects up to USD $150,000 and will finance up to 70% of the total project cost. Special discretion on the total project cap may be considered by the Jury depending on the scale and impact of a very large collaborative effort.

    See application and criteria in Arabic


    Application Process

    The application window will open on 12 June 2019 at 10 GMT (11am London time), and close on Monday, September 2 at 23:59 GMT. Only online applications in English will be considered. You will be asked to provide descriptions, detailed project plans and budget information via our online application form. You will also have to accept the Middle East, Africa and Turkey GNI Innovation Challenge Application Terms and Conditions.

    Application Eligibility Requirements

    The Middle East, Africa and Turkey GNI Innovation Challenge is open to organizations of every size, including freelancers and sole traders, that aim to produce innovative, original journalism and to enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content, whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem.

    Eligible Regions

    Incorporated organizations must be incorporated in one of the eligible countries within (countries listed in Terms & Conditions) in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. Unincorporated organizations must be registered in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey or, if unregistered, have their principal place of business based in the region.

    Eligible Projects

    All ideas are welcome but we are requiring all projects to have clear indicators showing the impact of the project from a user perspective and/or from a business perspective (eg: audience indicators, business plan when relevant). Successful projects will also need to be delivered within one year.

    We encourage innovative projects – focused on but not limited to- the areas below:

    • Business Models
    • Distribution
    • Interface
    • Social
    • Workflow

    Projects can be experimental but must be measurable with well-defined goals. We encourage you to clearly underline the opportunities of the project by providing clear key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs should have a significant digital component. For more details click here

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