And the winner is...
A cheeky ‘dating game’ app designed to help South Africans find the political party that best matches their interests. The prototype app is designed for tablets, with smartphone and desktop versions planned. Newsrooms will be able to analyse data from the app, to help track opinion trends amongst users.
The Party Match app was designed by an all woman team from the Sunday Times during a 48-hour brainstorming session hosted by Africa’s largest digital largest digital news publisher 24.com, and organised by the Global Editors Network, the African Media Initiative and Google.
Team members Loni Prinsloo (journalist), Fiona Krisch (designer) and Carla Goldstein (developer) scored a R20,000 cash prize, plus an all expenses paid trip to the GEN Summit in Barcelona to compete in the Editors Lab Hackdays Final on the 11-12 June 2014.
“Although not the most technically accomplished project, Party Match won because it demonstrated the local potential for news games and the importance of humour in building audience engagement around ‘boring’ issues such as politics,” said jury member and AMI chief digital strategist, Justin Arenstein.
And the special mention goes to...
City Press clinched 2nd place, securing technical support from Code for Africa for their cross-media app designed to help the estimated 3,600 people raped every day in South Africa. LifeCoach tries to guide rape survivors through the process of reporting and prosecuting their attackers, while also linking them with their nearest counsellors and support networks. LifeCoach intends expanding to include other tutorials, to help South Africa's emergent middle class navigate an increasingly complex world.