Is your media start-up shaped for success?
The MEDIA LOVES TECH incubator helps you to find out!

MEDIA LOVES TECH seeks to identify the best digital ideas and concepts for innovative and quality journalism.

Launched by DW Akademie, the journalism training and media development division of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s International Broadcaster, MEDIA LOVES TECH is a competition open to journalists, start-ups, project managers, creative minds, developers, designers, civil society advocates and any other person or organization wishes to improve the media in Tunesia, Morocco and Algeria through innovation.

The best idea for digital journalism innovation in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria will receive €10,000.

Stages of the competition

Objective of the competition

The goal of MEDIA LOVES TECH is to identify and facilitate the implementation of effective solutions to address the challenges and issues facing media and journalism in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. MEDIA LOVES TECH exploite le pouvoir du crowdsourcing, qui consiste à faire collaborer les internautes pour trouver ensemble des idées, des services ou des contenus. En termes simples, le crowdsourcing consiste à faire travailler la foule ensemble pour partager des informations, ce qui favorise les idées et la créativité.

MEDIA LOVES TECH offers you the chance to dive into the world media entrepreneurship, road test your ideas and get ready to launch them on the market.

The MEDIA LOVES TECH team and participants at the Journalism Forum 2022 in Tunis
Credit: Gorilla Hub

Projects wanted

MEDIA LOVES TECH is looking for:

  • solutions to enhance access to information;
  • tools to optimize the work of journalists and media (data processing/organization/visualization);
  • ideas to enhance improve media interaction with the public (tracking, audience measurement, engagement, feedback);
  • creative approaches to new information formats;
  • this list is not exhaustive, and we welcome inventive proposals!

Science journalism:

Solutions that empower journalists to improve the coverage of scientific news, facilitate its popularization, and ensure effective dissemination to the general public.

Citizen journalism:

Tools that make it possible to reach specific audiences (e.g.: local communities) and connect citizen journalists with media outlets. The goal is to expand both production and consumption capacities to reach new audiences.

Verification of content (fact-checking) / fight against disinformation and fake news:

In fragile political contexts, particularly during elections or crisis, Tunisians, Moroccans and Algerians encounter difficulties distinguishing information from misinformation. Comments are often shared without context, and articles and reports tend to interpret facts imprecisely, often overlooking important nuances.

Election coverage:

As elections approach, the media need tools to ensure quality coverage.

Data journalism:

Create tools and technologies designed to support media in analyzing, processing, or visualizing data.

Media viability:

Innovative tools to ensure the economic and financial viability of media projects.

Dialogue with public authorities:

Develop tools enhancing  transparency in public actions and promoting dialogue between citizens and political and economic decision-makers.

Information during times of crisis:

Tools contributing to the dissemination of crucial public information and the implementation of solutions for the general public to effectively address crises, be they health, environmental, economic, or political

Harnessing new technologies:

Recent progress in artificial intelligence presents tremendous potential for editorial desks.

The challenge lies in leveraging AI (and many technologies) wisely to  support quality journalism. We’re eager to hear your innovative ideas on how to achieve this!

What’s in store for you?

Step 1: application and qualification phase

Apply until April 30, 2024 via the application form for SMART MEDIA ACCELERATOR 2024. The best teams get notified that they have access to the SMax e-learning platform.

Step 2: pre-incubation program

Until July, teams have the opportunity to join online courses on the platform, providing necessary deliverables to apply for the incubation program. Following an evaluation and interview phase, selected teams will join the incubation program.

Step 3: incubation program

The incubation program will run from September to November 2024. During this time, teams will develop their solutions in several stages and be able to call on experts on demand.


  • flexibility with alternation between online training and masterclasses;
  • experts on demand;
  • networking and opportunities, even after the program;
  • a community of entrepreneurs and experts.

The best project will be awarded €10,000 in funding at the closing ceremony on December 5 at the closing ceremony on December 5.

Rules and Regulations

The complete regulations of MEDIA LOVES TECH 2024 edition can be consulted here. You may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.). Should you still have any questions at this stage, feel free to contact us.

MEDIA LOVES TECH is an initiative of DW Akademie in cooperation with the Tunisian NGO Al Khatt. This program is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).