Cheers for Traction:
Thanks to your support of our Kickstarter campaign ($8K) last year, we edited ten videos of three women-run tech startups in East Africa.
~ Last June our project became a finalist (only 16 finalists of 300 applicant) for the Tribeca New Media Fund. The director told me to resubmit for funding, since the panel loved stories of African women innovators. Only six finalists were funded (at $50K-$100).
~ YWI's new video, HeHe is Serious Business (pwd:ywi) is now a semifinalist in the Focus Forward Films competition! Check out the young team who are IT rock stars in Rwanda.
~ On Nov. 1, our video goes public; we need votes to become an audience favorite! Cash winners for five prizes ($200K) will be announced at the Sundance film festival in January.
~ Last week a V.P. for programming at a Chicago TV station told me that she wants to collaborate on stories of African inventiveness. An interested investor is in the wings, with a dozen other stories of successful entrepreneurs throughout Africa.
~ Next week I will meet with potential funder/partners in Portland, OR who are interested in young inventors.
YWI is collaborating with E4C (Engineering for Change) to distribute stories to 11,000 members worldwide. Our Nairobi producer will shoot a short video in Tanzania soon.
~ I am talking with broadcaster, educators and funders of the GirlHub project in Rwanda. The HeHe video above tells a bit of the story.
An article about our YWI project and startups appears in October's East African Flyer, a new magazine for NGOs published in Nairobi. I will post a PDF here as soon as I get one.
~ YWI will include 1) a participatory platform for serial videos, with forums about innovative startups in East Africa and 2) pilot projects in Rwanda and Tanzania to repurpose content we've shot for radio and TV. [If the Chicago collaboration happens, we could have docu shorts on US TV as well as websites.] Our budget is $147K (phase one: 20 stories and platform). More ambitious plans for a mobile game on invention and mobile surveys of user audiences are on the horizon.
Will you help us get votes for our video on FFF? Marketing brainstorms are welcome. Gratefully ~ Diane for youngworldinventors.com