ANIC is looking for ideas that will transform the way that African media work. This means that your idea should offer significant and tangible improvements to existing tools or techniques, or should propose new ways for African journalists to gather news, tell stories, engage with audiences, or sustain media organisations.
Ideas that have the potential to be replicated or that could scale continentally will have an advantage.
We will build an open-source mobile platform that crowdsources anonymous incident reports and real-time infographics.
Conventional crowdsourcing platforms, like Ushahidi, require Internet access for full functionality. This excludes many individuals in Africa. Our platform uses the MXit social network, so we can reach individuals who don’t have conventional Internet access.
Why buy a good or use a public service that hurts ordinary people like yourself? The platform will help individuals document and share their experiences so that people can make informed consumption and voting choices.
The platform gathers structured incident reports from MXit users, as well as unstructured text and multimedia. It encrypts and anonymises reports to protect confidentiality – vital for reporting related to corruption, election monitoring, healthcare, and other privacy-sensitive subjects.
Nimi Hoffmann, a South African social science graduate student at Oxford, and Andrew Saxe, an engineering graduate student at Stanford.
We are approaching encryption experts to assist with anonymisation and data protection.
Since the majority of MXit users are between 18-25, we aim to partner with socially conscious hip hop musicians and graphic artists to help deliver the social message of the platform by creating compelling musical and graphic memes that can be shared by users.
We are looking to work with social entrepreneurs who have already built MXit apps to guide the user interface development.
The first application is for corruption reporting in South Africa. It is aimed as a complement for Corruption Watch, a South African NGO, which provides a centralised online interface for submitting reports.