1World partner Global Editors Network is starting their yearly Startup for News competition. Please check it out below and vote!
Startups for News is an international competition that rewards the most innovative startups disrupting the media industry. GEN is hunting for the startups that challenge the status quo with new editorial services for newsrooms and new ways of delivering journalistic content. With this programme, GEN is helping create interaction between startup innovators and senior media executives, thus encouraging the implementation of innovative practices in the newsroom.
For the first Startups for News battle, we are exploring the use of drones and how they can be used to gather news that advance the journalism industry.
The Fotokite is a tethered flying camera for journalists to easily access aerial perspectives to tell their stories better, without the complications and disruption of traditional drones. The tether solves fundamental interaction and safety problems: more an intelligent kite than a drone, the Fotokite fundamentally changes the interaction between the journalist and the people around, thanks to the clear link of responsibility the tether provides. The tether also provides novel interaction (5 min training) and provides power for sustained flight. Finally, the Fotokite addresses fundamental safety issues (e.g. no reliance on GPS), enabling safe operation in proximity to ongoing events.
HEXO+, a self-driven flying camera allowing to easily capture life moments, gives access to aerial shots, only with a smartphone. HEXO+ gives access to aerial footage to anyone with no particular pilot skills, in remote locations, with low budget. It provides an innovative angle to story without the need of an extra crew. It transforms Clark Kent into Superman by giving access to aerial shots at the tip of the finger. Works anywhere GPS signal is received – no network required. More than just a follow-me-drone, it allows users to select and customize camera movements to adapt the filming to the location and situation, before giving options to share it from your phone through social medias.
Thanks to all of you who voted in a first Startups for News Battle! The winner is Fotokite, a tethered flying camera for journalists, to easily access aerial perspectives to tell their stories better, without the complications and disruption of traditional drones.
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