Staying informed is an integral part of human nature - and now, more than ever, it is an essential requirement. As the digital age has progressed, sources of news have multiplied, attention spans have decreased and channels of revenue have increasingly come under control of providers of distribution, rather than generators of content. Creators of this content play a critical role in our society in terms of shaping opinions and disbursing facts - and Turkbox aims to provide an alternate source of revenue to these crucial actors: embeddable web widgets that grant access to articles in exchange for the completion of simple data classification tasks.
Digital journalism dominated by paywalls tides against the inclusivity that is a founding principle of the internet. The ability to know about the world must not remain confined to those within a walled garden: Turkbox wants to leverage the need for classified data to help support independent organisations trying to keep news free, and thus, knowledge open.
Turkbox was a recipient of the Google News Initiative's Asia-Pacific Innovation Challenge in 2019, specifically for supporting our pilot project.
Turkbox placed 4th at the Cozad New Venture Challenge, and picked up the Huawei Best Software solution and Meyer Capel Prize
We're a small team of engineers, designers and product managers, mostly remote and with varying levels of involvement with the project. We sometimes operate out of our office in Sarai Jullena, New Delhi.
The first time Tanay pitched Turkbox at SocialFuse in November 2018
Prannay leading a meeting on platform architecture
Our meetings often spill over to nearby coffee shops
Gullu can be found at the bottom of the staircase leading up to our office
Trying to ship products on time sometimes leads to impromptu train hackathons
Sidhant leading a user research session in Banda, Uttar Pradesh