We’re just a couple days away from announcing our five newest grantees. In the meantime, despite the current sorry state of our global economy, lots of other funding opportunities are currently accepting proposals for projects that use citizen media and mobile phones to achieve effective social change.
- UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Mobile Challenge
The Human Rights Center is sponsoring a challenge to encourage innovations for applying mobile technologies for human rights investigations and advocacy. Through a NetSquared Community vote, 10 finalists will be chosen. All 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas at an international conference, “The Soul of the New Machine: Human Rights, Technology, and New Media,” at UC Berkeley, May 4 and 5, 2009. A panel of judges, selected by the Human Rights Center, will choose three winners, to be announced at the conference. Winners will receive cash awards of $15,000 (first place), $10,000 (second place), and $5,000 (third place) to implement their ideas.
- New Media Women Entrepreneurs Grants
The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs program will give one-time funding of $10,000 to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture. These can be solo ideas or team projects spearheaded by women. Deadline: March 31, 2009.
- N2Y4 Mobile Challenge
The N2Y4 Mobile Challenge is a call for Project submissions that engage the use of mobile technology for progressive social change. The Top Three Finalists will be selected by conference attendee vote, and announced May 27. A total of $50,000 in funding will be distributed among three Projects. First place $25,000, Second Place $15,000 and Third Place $10,000. All 14 Projects will receive a travel stipend to cover travel costs and accommodation. Deadline: April 3.
- Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellows Program
Each year, Pop!Tech selects 10-20 high potential change agents from around the world who are working on highly disruptive innovations in areas like healthcare, energy, development, climate, education, and civic engagement, among many others. Fellows work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, have a minimum of 3-5 years experience, and are working in organizations that are well positioned for sustainable growth. Apply here.
- The Art of Digital Community
The Austria-based digital arts museum, Ars Electronica, is now accepting submissions for its annual “Prix Ars Electronica”. Among the various categories, the “Digital Communities” category will honor important achievements by digital communities well as innovative artistic approaches towards web-based communities. This category focuses attention on the wide-ranging social and artistic impact of the Internet. Last year Global Voices was a runner-up and our friends at “1 KG More“, an online project that asks young Chinese travelers to bring a kilogram of school supplies to rural villages, won the 10,000 EUR award.
Rising Voices and Global Voices are holding a live online chat for bloggers and activists on Friday March 6, 2009 (5 pm Nairobi time) on how to use blogging to improve awareness and information about HIV/AIDS.
Local Times: New York 09:00 | Buenos Aires 12:00 | London 14:00 | Johannesburg, Beirut 16:00 | Nairobi, Moscow 17:00 | New Delhi 19:30 | Hong Kong 22:00 | Tokyo 23:00
I hope to see you all at the chat on Friday.