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.
Build an API (Application Programming Interface) that will enable developer’s access data from Uganda’s largest media house therefore enabling them build new ways for everyone to create, discuss, share and monetize news.
The New York Times built http://developer.nytimes.com however, we are the first to do it in East Africa and the first to build an API allowing developers access to text ,voice and video.
There is a lack of innovation among media houses. Other than print, voice and video, media houses have failed to come up with new ways to create, share and monetize news because there is a disconnect between them (media houses) and technologists. The API will solve the problem by providing a platform for journalists and technologists to work together.
The API will be publicly available for anyone to use. We shall provide documentation on how users can get, query and insert data into the media house system through our API.
We are building a platform that will allow innovators i.e. (software engineers and technologists) build new solutions for media houses to create, share and distribute news. The API will give technologists and other innovators the tools and data they need to innovate for media houses and therefore solving many of the issues of innovation for news.
Binary Logic a Ugandan Software Company made up of acclaimed developers that believes can build a stable and usable API for sharing and distributing data at Vision Group.
Mr. Madra David.Sofware engineer Binary Logic http://madradavid.com.
Mr. Jadwong Loius. Head of Digital and e-newspaper http://www.visiongroup.co.ug
Mr. Wamanya Linus .Vision API project coordinator http://www.visiongroup.co.ug
We are currently doing the research, planning and requirements analysis stage; we expect to roll out systems design in early August 2012.
We are currently in the process of understanding, sorting and categorizing the data at Vision Group using their media mix. We expect to have this data organized by August in distributable categories while making comparisons to already existing APIs like newyorktimes.com
The API will have premium features and will therefore generate revenue from the start. Our partner Vision Group will ensure that we continue to have access to their data. And therefore continue to have a revenue stream and allow us to continue innovating for news.