Tiziano Project Wins Knight News Challenge Grant

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Photo from an in-class exercise at a Tiziano Project workshop on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona this week.

A Los Angeles-based startup with a mission to enable multimedia storytelling in communities worldwide that otherwise lack necessary resources and training was awarded a $200,000 grant by the Knight Foundation on Wednesday.

The Tiziano Project‘s Tiziano 360 project was one of 16 ideas to win a prestigious Knight News Challenge grant awarded to fund internationally relevant innovative media and digital news concepts.

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Neighborgoods and Tiziano Project Recognized at SXSW 2011

Good friends Micki Krimmel and Andrew McGregor & Jon Vidar were recognized at SXSW Interactive last week for their respective startups, Neighborgoods and Tiziano Project. I originally filed the following post at LAist. Click here to see all my recent posts at LAist.com.

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LA Tech’s finest represent at SXSW Interactive in 2009. (Photo by JD Lasica via flickr)

Los Angeles represented in a big way at SXSW 2011 in the film, music, and gaming world — no surprise there (both The Roxy and The Echo hosted parties in Austin last night). But this week two locally-based startups were recognized for their ability to use the internet as a tool for action and a community resource for social change.

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2009 LAWeekly L.A. Web Award Winners include LAist, lalawag, CarolineonCrack + other faves

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?From Google Wave to mommy blogs to TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington “stealing our tweets,” 2009 was a booming year for the Web and social media scene. To celebrate, LAWeekly.com is hosting the LA Web Awards 2009 and asked you to nominate the best in 36 categories. Who gives the best tweet? What’s the best site for gamers? From over a thousand nominations, a team of expert judges from LA and SF’s online communities — including Kevin Pereira, Andrew Nystrom, Gabe Rivera, Travis Keller, Sean Percival, Aubrey Sabala, Mike Prasad, Shira Lazar, John Resig, Maya Baratz, Andrew Sorcini, and VVM new media staff — combed through the sites and selected winners. And to keep it fair, none of the judges voted in a category they’re affiliated with. Check out the winners below and stay tuned for information on how you can win a spot on the guest list for our private party at Bardot on January 21st to celebrate 2009’s best online.

LA’s Best Twitterer
@XeniJardin

LA’s Best Flickr Pool
LA Addict

LA’s Best Flamer (i.e. best shit talker)
Buddyhead

LA’s Best Food Blog
Eater LA

LA’s Best Music Blog
Aquarium Drunkard

LA’s Best Police Blog
Witness LA

LA’s Best Tech Blog
Lalawag

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Small Print Project Wins Award at USC Webfest

I was both honored and surprised to learn that The Small Print Project, a Web site I created as a class project, took second place in the Academic category at the University of Southern California’s annual Webfest.

They gave me a certificate at an awards banquet at which Mimi Ito gave a short presentation, and, I’ll even be receiving a cash award, believe it or not.

The project lives on although submissions are only trickling in at this point….

Thanks to Cory for his support on the project (which I did for the class he taught).

EFF Pioneer Awards

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Cory Doctorow was draped in a cape and goggles to accept his Pioneer Award. Below is his intro and acceptance speech. More photos after jump.

above photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid via flickr.

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