And the Winners are...

Submitted on Tue, November 29, 2011

After four months, 426 entries, four rounds of judging, and a ton of infectious creativity (just like on “Sing-Off”!), Ashoka Changemakers has announced the four winners of Citizen Media: A Google Innovation Competition . Congratulations to FreedomBox , Crowdvoice.org , Discover and Share One True Story One Bite at a Time and 5th Pillar – chosen by popular vote from among 11 finalists.

The Citizen Media winners are:

5th Pillar – Empowering Citizens to Tackle Corruption (India): 5th Pillar's anti corruption tools empowers EVERY citizen to be a corruption buster.

Crowdvoice.org - Tracking Voices of Protest (Bahrain): CrowdVoice offers a new way to view, share, moderate, and organize information about human rights movements and demonstrations.

Discover and Share One True Story One Bite at a Time (Argentina): InSTEDD iLab America Latina allows everyone to play a role in creating, validating, and extending the bigger picture of a story with information bites they know.

FreedomBox - Turnkey Private, Anonymous, Secure Communication in a Box (United States): Minimal configuration and high-tech privacy, anonymity, security on a small low-watt computer for non-expert end-users.

The winners take home $5000 each; they and our other finalists also get mentoring and support from competition judges and other citizen media experts. Our goal: To help drive these nascent ideas to sustainability – and to seed many more projects like them. "The Citizen Media competition has uncovered exciting new strategies for enabling all global citizens to have a voice," said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy at Google.org. "We were especially thrilled to see so many solutions working to help underserved communities engage freely and powerfully with information."

We’re thrilled to have been part of this effort to source and nurture emerging innovations in the citizen media space. And we’re pleased now to share what we’ve learned via the Citizen Media Toolkit . This online navigation tool draws together the best of citizen media innovations from the competition as well as the work of Ashoka Fellows. Whether you are an innovator, financier, tech geek, or simply a media junkie, this toolkit is a rich collection of innovations, ideas and expert analysis on citizen media.