Knight Drupal Initiative Announcement

josezamora's picture

Just announced from the DrupalCon stage:

The Knight Drupal (an open source content management system) Initiative’s winners (background on this project), announced at the DrupalCon DC Conference, will receive a total of $485,380 to:

* Create concise, up-to-date instructions for Drupal software packages so that tech novices can use the tools; (Winner: Programmer Addison Berry/ add1sun)

*Create a free publishing system to make it easier for several geographic communities to share local news with each other; (Winner: Oregon-based (billfitzgerald)

*Allow anyone, anywhere to easily create a Drupal online news site whose content can be published on Facebook in order to reach an extended social network; (Winner: Software developer Dave Cohen)

*Develop software that allows people to create and share a personalized stream of information within their social network, helping them to filter and recommend articles to others interested in the same issues; (Winner: Instant Syndicating Standards, a Brazilian non-profit)

*Add a micro-blogging function to Drupal that will allow users to transmit brief text updates on their Web sites (Winner: Web developer Rob Loach)

*Create a tool that will help residents better communicate and understand information about their community by allowing them to geo-tag – or add a geographical identification – to stories so they can be displayed on a map; (Development Seed, a Washington D.C. firm)

The Knight Drupal Initiative tapped into a massive network of programmers, to get their recommendations for how to hasten media innovation for the common good.

The Drupal Community, a group of about 350,000 programmers who write free software collaboratively on the Web, solicited, reviewed and recommended the projects for funding. The Drupal Community also includes the more than 1.4 million users worldwide who rely on Drupal to manage the content of their Web sites. The application process was open, meaning anyone could submit or vote on an idea. Knight Foundation made the final selection.

Congratulations to the winners; we welcome your thoughts on the KDI, the process, (and congratulations to the winners!) And especial THANKS to Ken Rickard!!! For being the Drupal Community lead on this initiative and to Kieran Lal for helping us meet the Drupal Community.

p.s. Kristen Taylor and I form Knight Foundation are at DrupalCon and look forward to talking with the Drupalistas.


That's great! Look forward

dahacouk's picture

That's great! Look forward to hearing about the next stage and how we can get Kendra Hub on the road through the process...

The Project Knight Didn't Fund

mlncn's picture

Decisions module. Explicitly, the Decisionmaking API & Consensus Module. This proposal happened to not get the nod from the Knight Foundation at this time, but this proposal has been fully vetted and approved by the community.

We can take further advantage We don't have to wait for foundations.

About $80,000 needs to be raised. I am not the original proposer or involved with the organization, but I am part of a 501c3 organization (PWGD/Visions Unite) that has offered to take contributions for this project as tax deductible donations. Anyone in for donations, large, small, matching grants?

Donations of any form welcome to introduce mass community funding to the Drupal ecosystem, checks can be made to:

People Who Give a Damn, Inc.
P.O. Box 241
Natick, MA 01760

DecisionsAPI in the memo.

Read about it and think: do we need to wait for foundations and corps to fund all great things in Drupal?

benjamin, Agaric Design Collective

benjamin, agaric


dmitrig01's picture


Also - "The Drupal Community, a group of about 350,000 programmers" <-- I'd have to disagree - plenty of us aren't programmers