Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge offers up to US$ 300,000 to selected projects

Google invites project proposals from publishers and journalists

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Asia-Pacific GNI
Google Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge

Google has announced its Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge in India, under its News Initiative. The aim of the challenge is to get proposals from publishers and journalists that are aimed at increasing the revenue from readers. The selected projects will be funded by Google and the company will not only provide up to US$ 300,000 but also finance up to 70% of the total project cost.

In Asia-Pacific, journalists and publishers are increasingly grappling with questions over how quality journalism can thrive in the digital age. From Yangon to Manila, Sydney to New Delhi, they are experimenting with fresh approaches to reporting and new business models.

Google has been working hand in hand with publishers to understand those challenges, and over the past year has supported Asian newsrooms and publishers through the Google News Initiative (GNI).
Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge has been created to help build a stronger future for journalism in Asia-Pacific, which will fund projects that inject new ideas into the news industry.
Proposals for projects aimed at increasing revenue from readers are invited, including subscriptions, membership programs, contributions and new digital products and services. A panel of Googlers and other tech industry executives will review the submissions and fund selected projects up to US$ 300,000 and finance up to 70% of the total project cost.
The funding will be reviewed against several criteria, including a sharing component – for example by publishing any findings or holding a seminar – so grantees can pass their knowledge onto others in the industry.

Given the pace of change in the news industry, innovation has never been more important. The company is assuring that all organizations, large and small, in the Asia-Pacific news ecosystem have the opportunity to suggest new ideas around this critically important topic. Applications will open on 28 November 2018, and the deadline for submission is 9 January 2019.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

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