The competition is underway!

Find out everything about the current edition of MEDIA LOVES TECH and our News and Hackathon sections!

Stages of the competition

About the competition

MEDIA LOVES TECH seeks to identify the best digital concepts for innovative and quality journalism. Launched by DW Akademie, Germany’s leading international media development organisation, this competition is open to journalists, startuppers, project leaders, creative people, developers, designers, civil society, any individual actor or organisation wishing to innovate for a quality media landscape in Tunisia.

The best digital innovation for the future of journalism in Tunisia will receive TND 30,000.

MEDIA LOVES TECH is an initiative of DW Akademie in cooperation with Al Khatt in Tunisia. This project is funded by German cooperation, in particular by the German Ministry of International Cooperation.

Objective of the competition

The objective of MEDIA LOVES TECH is to identify and enable the implementation of effective solutions to the challenges and problems of the media and journalism in Tunisia.

To achieve this, MEDIA LOVES TECH is part of the new technological spirit of crowdsourcing, i.e. the collaboration of networked Internet users to generate services, ideas or content together. Crowdsourcing means crowd sourcing, a process of information sharing that stimulates the flow of ideas and creativity.

Themes of the competition

Citizen journalism – connecting with local communities:

tools to reach specific audiences, tools to connect citizen journalists to the media in order to extend production and consumption capacity to new audience categories

Checking content (fact-checking) / fighting against misinformation and fake news:

in a fragile political context, particularly in view of the upcoming elections, Tunisians have difficulty distinguishing information from misinformation. Comments are often shared without specifying the context, articles and reports often interpret the facts in an unspecified way, without considering the nuances

Election coverage:

As parliamentary and presidential elections approach, the media will need tools to ensure quality coverage.


develop tools and technologies that can help the media to analyze, process or visualize data

Media viability:

innovative tools to ensure the economic and financial viability of media projects

Dialogue with public authorities:

tools that contribute to greater transparency in public action and promote dialogue between citizens and political and economic decision-makers

What’s to be gained?

MEDIA LOVES TECH will take place in two stages with the possibility, at each stage, to obtain financing and support to accelerate the development of your product. The selected concepts will also benefit from professional support.

Step 1:

Selection of the best concepts. Concepts can be submitted until August 20, 2019. The best concepts will receive 3,000 Tunisian dinars each.

Step 2:

These same teams will participate in a Hackathon in October 2019 and will continue to develop their prototypes until the end of November 2019. The best project will receive funding of TND 30,000 which will be presented to the winning team at the closing ceremony on 4 December 2019.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to creative people, journalists, media professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, civil society, any individual or organization wishing to contribute, through a concept or by offering their skills, to the rise of journalism in Tunisia through digital technology.

I have a great concept:

You are invited to submit your concept. If you already have a team, please indicate this when you register, otherwise indicate the skills you would need to complete your project. Among the other registered participants, those with the required skills will be assigned to your concept within the limits of available capacities.

I don’t like working in a team, I prefer to participate all by myself:

MEDIA LOVES TECH is based on the spirit of collaboration and teamwork. And that is what we want to strengthen through this initiative. The participating teams must be composed of 2 to 5 people.


The complete rules of the 2019 edition can be found here.
In case of doubt, you can also consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you still have any questions at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact us.