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Innovation Challenge
We originally built a competition management system to help run our own challenges, and in the process learned that other organizations had the same need. We've built an easy-to-use online management tool -now anyone can develop and run competitions, awards, prizes and contest promotions from start to finish.
  • Design

    Register contestants, accept submissions, enable judges to evaluate entries online with criteria you've created, rank submissions and offer public voting.

    Gone are the days of patching together various online forms and extracting file attachments from hundreds of contestant emails.

  • Setup

    With Skild it's easy to design, run, monitor and report every aspect of your contest from once central online dashboard.

    Every Skild client is assigned to a customer service associate who guides you through each aspect of the contest design and setup process. We'll send you templates that ask simple questions about your contest. Once completed, our client services representative will set up the Skild platform with the new client during an online web meeting. Once all of the setup components are in place, we'll create and test accounts for contestants and judges to ensure that your contest looks and flows exactly the way you imagine.

  • Play

    Launch your contest and then monitor the progress.

    From the administrative portal in Skild you can watch as contestants register and complete entries. Easily assign entries to judges and view scores in real time.

  • Report

    Export the data as needed for offline reporting.

    All of the data collected during your contest belongs to you and can be easily exported for offline review and sharing. With just a few clicks, export all of the contestant details, entry text and all attachments, nomination info and all comments and scores from the judges.

An innovation challenge is the best way to uncover talent and foster the development of great ideas and engage with new customers, employees, and future innovation leaders.
  • Design

    The Skild platform was born from our need to manage our own world famous, Innovation Challenge (add link).

    Our experienced team will guide you through the step-by-step process to create the best and most rewarding challenge experience.

  • Setup

    We'll help you to craft specific challenge questions using proven techniques & methodologies that will generate the most useful responses - bringing out the best in your target audience.

    A client service team member is provided to every customer to initiate the setup process. We'll guide you through the process and test your event before you launch.

  • Play

    Innovation is about refinement.

    The Skild platform enables administrators to collect initial ideas and have evaluators provide feedback to participants. Contributors then incorporate jury assessments into newly revised submissions.

  • Report

    Phases help to bring the best ideas to the surface.

    Through a series of submission and evaluation phases, Skild helps you to highlight the very best ideas.

An award is fundamentally a competitive process. Just like other competitive processes, awards typically involve multiple categories of participation, multiple submissions and multiple rounds of judging.
  • Design

    Looking to take your award program online? Not leveraging the latest social media tools to grow your community? Need a more comprehensive award management solution? Skild can help.

    In Skild you can have multiple categories and submission phases. You can collect different information through multiple phases. We also offer nominations, collection of entry fees and public voting options.

  • Setup

    With Skild's award software, you get access to all of our standard features in addition to popular add-ons such as nominations and public voting.

    "Multi-phase entries & scorecards - accept different entries by phase and assign different scorecards to each phase.

    Multiple Brackets - create multiple categories to segment groups of contestants and judges within a single award program.

    Nominations - allow users to nominate others and ensure all of the data is integrated throughout the lifecycle of the prize or award.

    Payment Processing - charge a fee to apply for your award, offer discount codes, and integrate with PayPal or your preferred payment gateway.

    Public Voting - broaden audience participation by allowing users to register and vote for their favorite nominees; and turn on public commenting to facilitate community discussions.

  • Play

    Easily create any number of award categories. Design completely different submission forms for each category, if necessary.

    The Admin dashboard let's you view nominations, registrations and submissions in real time.

  • Report

    Export the data as needed for offline reporting.

    Skild ranks the winners for you. Filter by category to see top to bottom jury scores for each category or assemble the view to immediately display highest to lowest ranking entrants for all categories combined.

Competitions, challenges, contests and prizes are a powerful ways to increase brand awareness, build trust, and engage your community in meaningful and impactful ways.
  • Design

    Competitions, challenges, contests and prizes are a powerful ways to increase brand awareness, build trust, and engage your community in meaningful and impactful ways.

    Drive new traffic to your website and ultimately reach people that would otherwise not be exposed to your company.

  • Setup

    Interactive campaigns rely on entrants to submit original work that is evaluated based on the skill of the individual or team and the relative merit of their submission.

    Skild events start with an excellent storytelling experience that spreads

  • Play

    Put contestants directly in front of your brand by providing marketing materials in Skild's "Quick Links" section of the platform. Display videos, sample audio or offer documents or presentations.

    Use the Skild platform to get participants to engage with your brand and provide feedback. In turn, you can provide feedback to your particpants to help them refine their ideas.

  • Report

    Export the data as needed for offline reporting.

    Know what's working and what's not. The admin dashboard let's you view nominations, registrations, submissions and scores in real time. Export important analytics instantly.

Challenges and competitions are a powerful way to increase brand awareness, build trust, and engage your community in meaningful and impactful ways.
  • Design

    Explore new was to activate Corporate Citizenship.

    Run an event on Skild to demonstrate how your organization values growth, sustainability and community.

  • Setup

    Qualify the thoughts of your public by gathering opinions about your organization or find the next untapped solution to some of your community's biggest challenges.

    Get your audience to design submissions using the data and other tools you directly provide to them.

  • Play

    Use Skild's Quick Links to provide key metrics and data to help them to discover what's important to your organization and to better submit the type of entries you're looking for.

    Use the Skild platform to get participants to engage with your brand and provide feedback.

  • Report

    Phases help to bring the best ideas to the surface.

    Through a series of submission and evaluation phases, Skild helps you to highlight the very best ideas.

Beyond competition software, Skild offers a range of associated services. Some of our customers use the software alone, others retain our services, but most need a combination of online contest management software and support services.
  • Design

    Skild's leadership team is full of contest experts, several are former employees of the XPRIZE Foundation, a world-class prize institute. With more than 40 years collective expertise living and breathing incentive competitions, we often share our knowledge and experience with others - and we're happy to do it.

    Our philosophy: there's no cookie-cutter template to running a successful challenge, only collective experiences, good and bad, which add up to form best practices. We've documented these best online contest management practices over the years, and we continue to refine them with each new competition. So whether you're starting a new contest, looking to refresh an existing one, or just need some guidance in a specific area like rules development, there's a good chance we can add valuable, perhaps time-saving insights.

  • Setup

    Want to learn how to successfully market a contest? Run one yourself, tweak the format, and repeat over and over again. Or if you're short on time, you can always hire Skild's team of contest marketers.

    We approach the marketing and creative process with authenticity and pragmatism: who are you trying to reach, what do you want from them, and why should they care? With a little up-front learning, we can recommend some crafty outreach strategies that will have would-be participants lining up to participate in your event.

  • Play

    If there's one thing we know really well, it's contest operations. Most of our methods, workflows and processes are contained within our contest platform. But as great as Skild is at automating administrative tasks, human intervention is still required.

    What are the overall tasks and responsibilities of the operations team, and when must they be completed? Are all 2,000 videos entries compliant with the submission guidelines in the official rules? What eligibility, tax or publicity release forms must be signed prior to awarding prize money? Based on the metrics, what should we do differently next time? These are just a few of the questions that may arise, so it's important to address them at the right time: before they become a concern. We'll help you to ask yourself the right questions so that you can prepare the right answers.

  • Report

    Development and Support

    Because we create software, we're often asked if we can build microsites to spec, customize registration forms, or add a new feature that does x, y or z. We love to help you design the product you need. For some requests, we're able to comply in-hous to make an adaptation or tweak a design. In other cases, we can pair up our clients with our expernal partners to help them to complete that missing piece of the program. We've got reliable partners that can offer additional assistance for website design, marketing outreach, legal review and more.