Want to win funding for a locally-focused project? Come to a Knight News Challenge meet up

The Knight News Challenge has re-opened for the third year, and is awarding $5M in funding for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community
news and information exchange. Winning entries must have three elements: 1) use of a digital media; 2)
delivery of  news or information on a shared basis to 3) a
geographically defined community.

As the press release says, the contest is open to
community-minded innovators worldwide, from software designers to
journalists to citizens and students of any age. Entries must be open-source and share
the software and knowledge created.

To help encourage prospective applicants to come up with ideas, we’re holding a series of meet ups in the US and Canada–with the first one scheduled for New York on September 9th, 2008 from 7-9 PM at CUNY School of Journalism in Midtown.  For more info and or to RSVP go to the link at Facebook–In an hour or so, we will take 20 minutes to go over the program, then work with applicants to brainstorm ideas, show them how to get them into the Garage/incubator, and apply.

We are planning meet ups in Sept and Oct for Washington, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Austin, TX, Denver/Boulder, Chicago, Los Angels, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Vancouver. If you are interested, email taylor@knightfoundation.org or mernit@ the same for more info. We will post a complete list on the newschallenge site.