Media Innovation Center, The Aga Khan University
What is Innovators-in-Residence Program?
The AKU GSMC Media Innovation Centre, together with its partners DW Akademie, Media Challenge Initiative and Tanzania’s Media Foundation are looking for the brightest media minds from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to join the 2020 Innovators-in-Residence, a 12-month incubation and accelerator program that provides mentorship, training and coaching to selected media innovators in East Africa.
The three winning teams, one from each of the participating countries, will join us for a period of 12 months and receive the following benefits to turn their ideas into successful products.
Grant Funding of up to $20,000 .
Monthly stipend of $1,000 per team.
A physical space in your home country to work and connect with a regional network of game-changers in the media space.
Access to relevant technology, including audio and video production equipment.
Expert coaching and mentorship based on the innovator’s needs as well as high-quality training by experienced professionals drawn from journalism and business.
Become a lifetime member of our young and growing community of journalism and media innovators.
We are interested in supporting pre-formed teams of journalists, storytellers, visual artists, data analytics specialists, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, cartoonists, illustrators, coders, programmers and/or animators who will work as a team to create viable solutions to the pressing challenges of the East African media landscape.
The projects can range within the following media challenges, but we are open to any other exciting ideas. Feel free to surprise us!
Who Can Apply?
- Media innovators from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Journalists and innovators based in either urban or rural areas are eligible to apply.
- Innovators working in pre-formed teams. Innovators can only apply in teams of 2-5 members.
- Projects in any East African language are welcome to apply.
- Projects that address journalism and media challenges other than storytelling are welcome. Apps and projects that support journalists in their work are also invited to apply.
- Participants must be above the age of 18 years.
To see projects that we have previously supported, see debunk.media or check out their Twitter (@Debunkdotmedia) and YouTube Channel (Debunk Media).