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 are building a hyperlocal news and services platform available on web and mobile with curated UGC and crowdsourced information.
Yes, www.n0tice.com. We gather news feeds, curated UGC thus inciting local audiences to share their hyperlocal information. Yakwala also works on datasets processing functionalities, paving the way for opendata adoption.
Yakwala allows African media to engage in a new form of conversation with their audience. Our platform is designed to empower citizens and local media creating, enriching and sharing information at a hyperlocal level. Yakwala allows easy, mobile and real-time access to broad sources of more transparent and crowdsourced information.
Technically the solution that is being developed is adapted to cover any connected territory but for Yakwala’s ecosystem to function a local partner/curator is needed. Partnering with a solid local news player is the best approach for successful adoption of our solution.
Together with NoorInfo, we will jointly set up events with journalists, bloggers, social media activists to launch the platform in Mauritania. Weekly workshops in schools, universities, cultural centers and NGOs will be organized by NoorInfo. These actions will create the conditions for an enhanced user experience and optimal adoption of Yakwala in Mauritania.
Mr. Julien Le Bot is the founder and CEO of Yakwala. He is a journalist and has worked in several media organizations and has also worked in the field of cultural diplomacy.
Mr. Yann Rotil is the founder and Business Development Manager of Yakwala. He has successfully established a web agency in the Middle East.
We are building the web-based solution. The functionalities we are developing include: semantic treatment of news feeds, account creation, user content publication, content curation console, banner ads management system. The platform is designed to be replicable and scalable as we intend to cover new countries, cities and territories. We are also developing an open-data analysis and treatment software that allows us to accompany public institutions or private companies as they prepare to release data sets to the public. We plan to develop mobile applications to allow our users to receive, share and create news content on the move.
NoorInfo is working with Yakwala to validate its prototype in Mauritania. The partnership creates a win-win situation based on an ad revenue sharing model. We see a great potential for hyperlocal news in Africa and are simultaneously exploring similar partnerships in other African countries since this produces economies of scale.