Based in Pasadena, CA, Skild is a customizable management platform that enables organizations to design and run competitions, challenges, contests, awards programs, recruiting events, e-learning, training sessions and more.
Skild is led by the founder of the Innovation Challenge, the world's largest and longest running online innovation competition and veterans of the legendary XPRIZE Foundation.
  • Anil K. Rathi

    Anil K. Rathi

    Founder & CEO, Skild

    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.

  • Michael Timmons

    Michael Timmons

    Director of Marketing & Client Services

    Prior to joining Skild in 2011, Michael worked at the XPRIZE 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 XPRIZE, announcing the launch of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, and revealing the winners of the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE.

  • Joe Raines

    Joe Raines

    Senior Software Engineer

    Before joining Skild in 2010, Joe was a senior developer at LoanDNA, a web-based platform for transforming affordable housing.

  • Melody King

    Melody King

    Client Services Manager

    Melody is the newest member of the Skild team, selected from a field of candidates who were evaluated using the Skild platform. She joins Skild with over 15 years of account management experience in the mobile, software and entertainment spaces.

  • Tom Rabon

    Tom Rabon


    Tom Rabon brings more than 30 years of experience working in government and the private sector. He is the Chairman and Partner of New Kind. He served for 8 years as Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Red Hat during the time that the company grew from a little known technology company to one of the world’s technology leaders. He has worked extensively with governments and businesses around the world to create market opportunities in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil.

  • Ryan Wilson

    Ryan Wilson


    Skild's co-founder and its former CMO, Ryan was Director of Global Alliances at the XPRIZE Foundation for over three years, and continues to advise Skild as it opens its platform to organizations of all sizes around the world.

  • Denis Koo

    Denis Khoo


    Skild's CTO for four years, Denis was previously CTO at Placely and Marketwire, and a consultant at XPRIZE 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.

  • "Skild allows me to manage the Cade Museum Prize with ease- the customization tools are extremely intuitive and data analytics are flawless. After having experienced several other competition platforms, never before have I been able to pull such a personalized set of statistics and data. Both participants and judges regularly comment to me on how well designed and easy it is to participate in the Cade Museum Prize using Skild, which is always a priority when managing a prize competition. The crowning stroke is that Skild team takes client relations to the highest level, and they are always eager to work with me to actualize new ideas."

    Alexandra RhotonCade Museum Prize for Innovation
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  • "The Skild platform enabled us to run a contest where customers submitted entries that were judged by a panel of employees. The back end was user-friendly and easy to maintain, while the front end was very professional looking and easy for customers to use. The Skild support team was helpful in getting us up and running on a tight deadline."

    Dr. Deana MartinNew England Biolabs
  • "The Skild platform was instrumental in organizing and evaluating over 100 applications for our first ever recognition award event in education. The platform is intuitive and easy to set up with a clean interface. The Skild team was also very proactive in offering ways to improve the experience and helping to troubleshoot issues."

    N. S.
  • "My business is being a speaker at events. I knew nothing about planning my own awards conference. Skild was easy to set up and execute. The best part was that their support was outstanding and help us with all our questions as soon as they came up. I never want to do an event without them!"

    Barry MoltzCoFounder of The Rule Breaker Awards
  • "Skild's competition platform is incredibly flexible and user friendly. The support is also responsive and really streamlines running a competition."

    Teddy LuongACIDO