Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.
The Knight Prototype Fund helps media makers, technologists and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo.
With grants of $35,000, innovators are given six months to research, test core assumptions and iterate before building out an entire project.
Here are few projects from them:
The Global Sensor Web is a new startup that aims to provide an infrastructure for the collection, sharing and visualizing of sensor data from around the world.
They can manage the collecting and aggregating the data of internet-connected, and non-internet connected, sensing devices.
RRH is a new prototype startup that aims to redefine legal practices with its new tools.
It aim to open broad new opportunities for experimentation and fashion the emergence of a kind of legal hacking as a field of endeavor.
Private Results is an open-source online and phone-based STD test results delivery system.
Private Results takes data from laboratories and displays it securely and clearly to patients.
It translates confusing results like “Syphilis RPR Non-Reactive” to “your syphilis test was negative, meaning that you do not have syphilis.”
It helps patients understand what their results mean, what next steps they need to take to keep themselves and their partners healthy, and links to more information and tools.
HabitatMap is a startup that aims to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health.
Its online mapping and social networking platform is designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, greater cities.