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Political Influencer Diane Francis Launches "Fast & Furious Fact Check" HeroX Challenge

Competition to Award $50,000 for Nearly-Instant Fact Checking System

TORONTO, ON and LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - June 15, 2016) - Award-winning investigative journalist Diane Francis and leading crowdsourcing technology provider HeroX today announced the "Fast & Furious Fact Check Challenge" -- an $50,000 incentive prize competition seeking a breakthrough, technology-based solution that dramatically improves the timeliness of fact checking of political statements and other information disseminated across a variety of media platforms.

Open to technologists, software developers and anyone who is passionate about information accuracy, the Fast & Furious Fact Check Challenge leverages the HeroX crowdsourcing model designed to bring about radical business, technological and social innovation benefiting local and global communities, inspiring new industries and catalyzing markets.

"With nearly everyone connected by mobile technology, information dominates our culture," said Diane Francis. "This deluge of material makes it nearly impossible to know what is true. Repeated statements are often assumed to be factual, making the spread of misinformation easier than ever. The winner of the Fast & Furious Challenge will have the best, quickly-implementable idea about how to leverage crowd sourcing, software, search engines, machine learning, natural language processing and other relevant technologies to almost instantly debunk false statements, slurs, fake news or hoaxes."

"With the looming U.S. presidential election, the timing for the Fast & Furious Fact Check Challenge could not be better," said HeroX CEO, Christian Cotichini. "In addition to influencing how we vote, accurate information can change our personal beliefs and affect our well-being. Being able to tell if what we see, read and hear is true in real time will be hugely advantageous for so many aspects of our connected, information-driven lives, and the HeroX crowdsourcing model is ideal for finding the right people to solve the problem."

Competition Details

Interested competitors can find more information and register at:

About Diane Francis

Diane Francis is an award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist and commentator and screenplay writer. Her pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Politico, the World Post, Miami Herald and she regularly contributes to the New York Post and The Guardian. Diane is also is Editor-at- Large at Canada's National Post and writes for the US Edition of the Huffington Post. She is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC within its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. She is also Adjunct Faculty with Singularity University in Mountain View California, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management and has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. In

1991, she became Editor of Canada's Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998.

Twitter: @dianefrancis1


About HeroX

Founded in 2013, HeroX exists at the intersection of crowdsourcing, competition and collaboration, using each to drive positive change. A suite of tools and services to help spark and build awareness for new solutions to social and economic challenges, the HeroX incentive prize platform connects funding companies and individuals with problem solvers.

Twitter: @Iamherox


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