Skild is led by the founder of the world’s largest and longest running online competition and veterans of the legendary X PRIZE Foundation.
Anil founded Skild in 2002 (formerly Idea Crossing) along with Innovation Challenge, the world's largest and longest running university innovation competition. Over Skild/Innovation Challenge’s 11+ year history, he’s helped hundreds of organizations inspire change and highlight creativity through the power of online contests. His work with Skild has been featured in Forbes, CNN Money, Business 2.0, Inc. Magazine, McKinsey, Chicago Tribune, MIT Innovations, and PR Week, among many other publications.
ANIL K. RATHI
CEO & FOUNDER
Prior to joining Skild in 2011, Michael worked at the X PRIZE Foundation where he lead the public relations and communications department for over four years. His team was responsible for both media outreach and communication with the foundation’s many board members, donors and sponsors. Highlights include announcing the launch of the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, announcing the launch of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, and revealing the winners of the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
& CLIENT SERVICES
Before joining Skild in 2010, Joe was a senior developer at LoanDNA, a web-based platform for transforming affordable housing.
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Skild's co-founder and its former CMO, Ryan was Director of Global Alliances at the X PRIZE Foundation for over three years, and continues to advise Skild as it opens its platform to organizations of all sizes around the world.
Skild’s CTO for four years, Denis was previously CTO at Placely and Marketwire, and a consultant at X PRIZE Foundation, assisting the organization in its online initiative to bring the prize model to a broader audience. He continues to advise Skild on the technical requirements needed to scale the platform.
PRAISE FOR SKILD
“The technical and administrative complexity of running a global online competition is extraordinary. Skild customized their software platform to serve our unique customer needs and achieve our contest goals. Our collaboration with them was seamless, efficient and fun. As a result, our Ruckus Nation competition energized a whole new global audience to support our work.”
President & CEO, HopeLab
“The ideas are priceless! Almost every one of the ideas had a kernel that will be expressed to our guests.”
SVP of Global Consumer Marketing, Hilton Worldwide
“Skild has been an excellent partner to work with and knows more about conducting idea contests than anyone else in the world.”
EVP of Corporate Affairs, Red Hat
“We really like the platform, it seems tailor-made for our needs, and it provides features we did not have before. As opposed to just being a contest-entry machine, Skild allows for multiple rounds of judging and gives us customization ability. We were able to manage the 34th Annual College Television Awards with very few resources on our end.”
Senior Director at mtvU Digital