What happened during the 2015 edition of Startups for News?
From January to May, GEN showcased 16 cutting-edge startups. These 16 startups faced off through online pitch battles. Every two weeks, the video presentations of two startups working on a similar theme were posted on the GEN website. The public voted for their favorite startup. The 8 winning teams participated in the Startups for News Final which took place at the GEN Summit 2015 in Barcelona.
Eighth Battle: Engaging with new audiences
Who explains current affairs to children in an understandable way, by means of an immersive visual form, across platforms and objects, using the Internet of Things and Augmented Reality technology while being both educational and fun? NEWSKID does. NEWSKID is a media project for kids with a transmedia strategy to make the news more accessible for the audiences of the future.
Massively behaves like any chat app; users send and receive texts. The platform uses natural language processing to understand and respond. The result is a user-guided option for news consumption that presents the content of conventional news as a fully interactive one-to-one conversations. Readers can get the most from their news by asking questions for clarity and context.
Seventh Battle: Innovative News Sourcing
GroundSource exists to help organizations build authentic relationships with their communities. We believe that journalism ought to reflect the needs and communities of the people it serves. GroundSource combines mobile messaging and simple surveys with a bare-bones CRM to create an all-in-one community engagement platform. News organizations get set up with a phone number so they can build surveys.
SourceRise connects journalists to on-the-ground NGO sources during humanitarian crises in order to bridge the information gap between humanitarian and crisis news reporting. SourceRise’s platform allows a network of journalists and expert NGO sources to directly connect via daily source and information requests and digital media briefings on breaking global hot topics that don’t receive attention.
Sourcerise won the battle!
Sourcerise connects journalists to on-the-ground NGO sources during humanitarian crises in order to bridge the information gap between humanitarian and crisis news reporting.
Sixth Battle: Revolutionising News Footage
Stringr is a mobile and web enabled platform that allows our customers to request, preview and purchase footage of anything —anywhere— in 60 minutes. News editors need only drop a pin on a map and give a description of the footage they want. Video requests are submitted immediately to a community of highly responsive videographers. Videos submitted on Stringr are instantly viewable by customers.
Seenit is a video collaboration platform enabling organisations to co-create videos with their communities by building ‘film crews’: Journalists, bloggers and experts can create engaging and powerful stories together. The capture app (which can be fully branded) is pushed out to chosen members, tasks are set and uploaded content arrives to the private online studio where editors can quickly review, edit and share out online.
The winner is Stringr !
Stringr is a mobile and web platform that allows news organisations to request, preview and purchase footage of anything - anywhere - in 60 minutes.
Fifth Battle : Intuitive Tools for Great Visualizations
Datavisual gives storytellers the power to captivate with data. Our web-based software makes it easy to create beautiful, data-driven graphics.
Sprites a web-based tool that allows you to create animated, visual, data-driven presentations (infographics) online without requiring you to have any design or programming skills.
The Winner is Datavisual !
Datavisual is a web-based software tool for easily creating beautiful data visualizations.
Fourth Battle: Making Sense of User-Generated Content
The Winner is SAM !
SAM powers social media workflows for newsrooms. From powerful social media search, collaborative curation and User Generated Content (UGC) processing to beautiful embeds for storytelling.
Third Battle: The Best Tool for Multimedia Storytelling
Storyform is a storytelling tool that helps publishers quickly create more engaging articles on their domain. Storyform automates the creation of these immersive stories by algorithmically matching content with beautiful layouts that look great on every device.
The Winner is Storyform !
Storyform won this third battle ! Storyform is a storytelling tool that enables publishers to quickly create immersive narratives on their domain. It automates the creation of these narratives by algorithmically matching content with beautiful layouts that look great on every device.
Battle 2: Creating a Community for Your Website
The Winner is Spot.IM
The second battle, which attracted votes from 59 countries, was between Spot.IM and Scrollback.io: two online startups that allow publishers to create a live community for their websites. In just under five minutes, you can install their services, create live conversations on your website and avoid the switch to Facebook or any other social network. Spot.IM won the battle !
Battle 1: The Future of Drone Journalism
The Winner is Fotokite !
The first battle was about the future of drone journalism. The two main contenders were Fotokite and Hexo+. We received votes from Fiji all the way to Pakistan. The public chose Fotokite! Fotokite is a tethered flying camera for journalists that helps them improve storytelling through an aerial perspective, forgoing the complications of traditional drones.