Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Nigerian Mobile News Innovation Shortlisted for 2014 FIRE Awards

 Nigeria's multimedia news innovation project iPost Nigeria with a mobile video app for instant live streaming of news and information of events and incidents is among the top 10 projects shortlisted for the 2014 FIRE Awards http://www.fireafrica.org/projects/projects/index.

The iPost Nigeria project's mobile video app that will be available to all GSM users with camera phones and tablets in Nigeria will be used for mass communication 24/7 and does more than any other mobile video app in Nigeria, because it will do instant mobile video streaming of news, events and incidents live on both the Nollywood Digital and iPost Nigeria websites and also with pay per view of movies.

"Whether I win the prize or not, my mobile video app when activated will turn Nollywood into a billion dollar industry in the next 12 months," said Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, the innovator and Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online.

Internet development in Africa is critical. As such, penetration rates must be enhanced, and the impacts and factors that affect Internet adoption and development must be analyzed and addressed.

The FIRE programme seeks out for actors from the African region to provide solutions to such issues by:

Supporting the development of affordable and efficient Internet infrastructure;
Developing and promoting the adoption of innovative applications and services;
Supporting individual rights awareness and strength trust between organizations and individuals in the region.
The FIRE programme will be sharing lessons learned on our collaborative platforms as a way to spread the word about successful projects and experiences from which communities around the region can learn and replicate when facing similar problems. The FIRE programme, which provides small grants and awards, has been set-up to help local and regional projects designed to introducing, improving and applying Internet technology for the benefit of African users and communities.

Grants will be provided to project proposals to be implemented in a period of 6 to 12 months in the range of 7,500 to USD 10,000 that are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. Project proposals should provide clear and concrete information about the proposed initiative so the evaluation committee can properly assess it. Innovation and development should be an integral part of all project proposals received during the application process.

The FIRE Programm provides financial support for projects in the form of "small grants." Grants are not repayable as no money or interest must be paid back. Grants allocation is decided through a competitive process following a rigorous selection process. This funding mechanism allows the use of flexible and simple management tools.

The funding categories for 2014 are:
Innovation on access provision:[/b] ICT access is a prevalent issue in the African region, especially for services that require broadband connectivity. Innovative solutions offering low cost deployment, low power consumption and low maintenance that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as improved the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability and linguistic diversity.

E-Development: The development, deployment and enhancement of content, applications and solutions to support timely and relevant information dissemination on a large scale using a range of network infrastructures through a variety of devices.

Freedom of expression: Initiatives related to freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumer’s rights, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to Internet and human rights.

People need to vote online for the final round on http://www.fireafrica.org/theme/default/files/communitychoiceannounce_final3.pdf .

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