1st Media Innovation Lab Open Call

08 Sep 2022 Calls
1st Media Innovation Lab

The call for the 1st Media Innovation Lab is open until September 30, 2022.

The Media Innovation Lab is an annual event that help tackle challenges facing digital media across the Balkans. This year’s Innovation Lab theme will be: Digital Security. .

Six selected projects will have the opportunity to work intensively on developing their ideas for innovative projects related digital security. They will receive the guidance of lead regional experts in the field.

On the last day, participants will present their projects to a jury for a chance to receive seed funding of up to $5,000 USD. Three projects will receive seed funding.

Who can apply for 1st Media Innovation Lab?

Teams of individuals, freelancers, and professionals passionate about media are encouraged to apply. Journalists, editors, NGO representatives, IT developers, and designers with innovative ideas are welcome to apply.

We strongly encourage partnerships with media outlets or media organizations for joint applications, and to include young and creative professionals in each team.

The formal applicant should be a resident or a media outlet or an NGO registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia or Serbia.

What should a project proposal look like?

Project ideas should use innovative digital technologies and applications to find exciting ways to tackle Digital Security challenges. For example:

1.    Innovation and Development:

  • Mobile applications
  • Tools
    • Analytics
    • Threat detection
    • Incident management

2.    Knowledge and Learning:

  • Webinars or short, interactive and educational formats
  • Small scale creative e-learning trainings and/or workshops
  • Research paper and/or study
  • Podcast series

3.    Advocacy:

  • Social media campaigns
  • Direct advocacy

Projects can take on issues such as, but not limited to:

  • Digital security literacy
  • Digital security awareness
  • Cyber attacks
  • Digital security and gender
  • Digital media vulnerabilities
  • Data encryption
  • Data theft and breach
  • Social media fraud
  • Creating science-based data sets for reporting
  • Reaching new audiences (Youth, diaspora, new Internet users, etc.)

When you are thinking about your project idea, keep your potential audience in mind.

All proposed pilot concepts, ideas and final products should be designed for free and open use.

For more information click here.


Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022