Several of the projects highlight the growing role of designers as community problem solvers, focused on improving civic life and tackling challenges facing their own cities and neighborhoods. They include design-driven tools from a Web application that helps diverse groups solve problems and build consensus, to another that allows journalists to track breaking news stories.
Nine of the projects surfaced through the Knight News Challenge: Health (http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-release/knight-news-challenge-health-winners-announcement/), which sought ideas that harness the power of data and information for the health of communities.
The evolution of the
The projects receiving investments in this Prototype round are:
Artefact (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347686/): Advancing civic engagement by creating a Web-based deliberation tool that uses design strategies to promote problem solving and drive consensus among a group of diverse strangers.
Argos (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347604/): Making news content easy to digest by building a design-driven news platform that aggregates and analyzes news stories and creates concise news backgrounders, including insights and connections regarding specific stories.
Bocoup (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347666/): Conducting a survey and creating a guide identifying patterns and best practices for mobile data visualization.
Civic Ninjas (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347636/): Creating an application to help the public identify and visualize meaningful local health data through an accessible, fun interface inspired by
Data Driven Detroit (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347656/): Informing the public and addressing important community issues by developing an interactive tool that helps
Fathom (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347605/): Making complex zoning data accessible and actionable for the public by creating a website that will visualize details of
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Global Sensor Web (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347663/): Helping scientists and citizens collaborate and better monitor their environment through an online platform for aggregating geo-tagged data sets from public data sources and the onboard sensors of mobile phones.
HabitatMap (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347645/): Empowering youth to help measure air quality and collect data by developing the next version of Kids Making Sense, a complete measurement sensing system and curriculum.
Keepr (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347767): Creating an open source data-mining tool for journalists to track breaking news stories, so they can easily find quality news sources.
!nstant (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347655/): Building a mobile app designed to verify and provide context to breaking news on social media so that the public is given a more accurate and clear picture of news stories.
One Degree (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347670/): Helping people find community resources by developing a Web app that allows users to discover, track and share their experiences about social services.
Restatementhttp://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347893/) (: Making legal information more accessible by producing a design-driven system for the creation and parsing of machine-readable legal text.
Sexual Health Innovations (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347594/): Providing up-to-date STD data by building an API to allow easy sharing of aggregate STD test data among clinics, health departments and the
Smart Chicago Collaborative (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347651/): Using Twitter to identify potential cases of food poisoning in
Vizzuality (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347630/): Building an open source tool that allows journalists and other users to quickly turn data, maps and other content into interactive stories for online publication.
Zago (http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201347695/): Seeking to make newsrooms more efficient by building a mobile app that will allow secure data sharing between reporters and their newsrooms.
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