Two teams has been chosen as the winners of Uutisraivaaja media innovation challenge. The jury decided to grant the 250 000 € award to Frameright and Tripsteri. Both teams will receive 125 000 euros worth of development money.
The other idea emphasizes new type of content, and the other one the infrastructure of distribution of information.
Tripsteri is the first Finnish mobile application providing travel journalism which focuses on high quality and uses virtual technology.
Frameright provides a solution to an internet-wide systemic problem in framing photographs.
The winners were chosen among five finalist teams. The contest is organized by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.
Uutisraivaaja seeks new innovations in media and distribution of information. The media landscape molds and evolves constantly, and the purpose of the contest is to find and support new directions for development and growth.
– In its choise the jury stressed the impact and the novelty of the idea, and also the development of the team during the finalist period. Both teams have potential for international success, says the head of the jury, Pekka Ala-Pietilä.
Uutisraivaaja received altogether 52 applications among which the jury picked five teams as finalists in March. In addition to Frameright and Tripsteri, the finalists included a podcast production and distribution company Aatos, Rolling Stories developing an innovative presentation technique and a streaming service Streamia. The finalists developend their ideas during the spring and summer with 10 000 euros worth of seed money each.
Uutisraivaaja was organized for the fourth time. The first contest in 2011 was won by an article-recommending browser application Scoopinion. The second Uutisraivaaja winner in 2013 was an online service Long Play that provides slow journalism. In the third contest in 2015 two winners were chosen: an online service Kuka that bring together journalists and experts, and a visual data communication service Lucify.
Frameright: Marina Ekroos, +358 504339366 / [email protected]
Tripsteri: Tuulia Kolehmainen, +358 40 760 1179 / [email protected]
Uutisraivaaja publicist Rosa Lampela: +358 50 540 5541 / [email protected]
Uutisraivaaja coordinator Tanja Aitamurto: [email protected] / +141 5335 1039