Google News Initiative for Innovative Entrepreneurs launched in the Middle East and Africa

Ah Hussein

The global company in Egypt, Google, revealed in a statement issued by it, the launch of the third edition of the initiative Google News “Digital Innovation Challenge”

Today, “Google News Initiative” revealed today the launch of the third edition of the “Digital Innovation Challenge in the News” calling Innovative entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa to participate in this challenge. The winning projects will receive funding amounting to 150 one thousand US dollars.

According to Google’s statement, The Digital Innovation in News Challenge is an open call for funding from Google to empower news organizations around the world and help them implement new ideas in online journalism, understand local communities, and develop new business models in the publishing industry.

All news service providers can apply to participate in the challenge

Projects will be evaluated based on five The criteria are: innovation, impact on the news environment, diversity, equality and inclusion, inspiration, and economic viability.

Applications must be submitted through the special website Challenge creativity and applications will remain open until Tuesday, April 5th

until now : Greenwich Mean Time.

A year ago , was chosen A project from 22 countries in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa in the “Ibtech Challenge” Digital R in the news. The topic of the challenge was to increase readership interaction and/or explore new business models in journalism and news.

Selected and Funded

Projects in the Middle East and North Africa region from eight countries during the last three years, including The National (United Arab Emirates), Stairs and Quay 22 ( Lebanon), Voice Podcast (Jordan), Egab (Egypt), Nas News (Iraq), Tel Quel (Morocco) and others.

Available The full list is at These projects were based on several ideas, including digital subscription plans and Arabic search tools.

Google” Ludovic Blecher: “For the past three years, news service providers in the region have focused on a variety of topics, such as data journalism, revenue models from readers, and digital tools designed for reporting on climate change.

The Middle East, Turkey and Africa region embraces many talents, competencies and opportunities, and we are looking forward this year to identifying new ideas and innovative projects to meet the most important challenges in the world of news.”

Furthermore, Joyce Baz, Head of Communications at Google in the Middle East and North Africa, emphasized that “Google has been supporting the news industry in the Middle East and North Africa for a long time.

We continue to collaborate closely with news publishers and related organizations, and in expanding our support through programs such as the Google Initiative Innovation Challenge. for news” and the News Lab. Google News Lab has been holding training courses for ten years in the Middle East and North Africa, where 22, 22 is trained. Journalists, news experts, and students of journalism.

Details can be found by visiting the “Digital Innovation Challenge in News” website, via this link