Open Beta Program Makes Publicly Available the Same Customizable, Self-Service, Cloud-Based System Used in Contests hosted by AT&T, Autodesk, MTV, Nike, NASA, The National Science Foundation, and General Electric

Los Angeles, Calif. – October 31, 2013Skild, a leading platform for organizations seeking to host online creativity contests, today announced the launch of OpenSkild™, an open beta program which will make its self-service platform publicly available to any organization. Skild is now accepting registrations at The company is first offering free training and challenge design consultations to 25 organizations, and will then gradually expand the service to everyone.

“Our goal with OpenSkild is to further democratize the power of online challenges to inspire creativity and promote social good through crowdsourcing,” says Skild CEO Anil Rathi. “Since we've developed Skild to be easy-to-use and manage, most competitions run on the platform require only one or two administrators. With that in mind, we launched OpenSkild so that any organization, regardless of size, has the power to create competitions which unlock the potential of people everywhere to be inventive, creative and help solve real-world problems.”

Most recently, mtvU and the Emmys Foundation is using Skild to manage its College Television Awards, in which dozens of entertainment industry judges will review and evaluate hundreds of student-produced videos. Read more about the contest on Skild's blog here.

OpenSkild was developed by Skild from experiences managing nearly 200 online competitions for diverse organizations and purposes. Skild has been used by AT&T, Autodesk, MTV, Nike, NASA, The National Science Foundation, General Electric, and many others for their online creativity and innovation contests.

OpenSkild also draws on the expertise of Skild’s executive team: CEO Anil Rathi founded the annual Innovation Challenge, the world’s largest and longest running online competition (launched in 2003), which Skild continues to manage; Michael Timmons, Skild’s director of marketing and client services, previously held a similar role at the legendary X PRIZE Foundation.

OpenSkild Features & Benefits

  • Incorporates customizable contest creation and management features adapted from hundreds of competitions designed by Skild's founders in collaboration with leading corporate, government, educational, and non-profit organizations.
  • Powerful and full-featured platform for creating and managing a wide variety of contests, allowing thousands of entries that can be reviewed by hundreds of judges with minimum response time; supports mobile, multimedia and interactive contests, multiple competition rounds, and much more.
  • Contests are fully modular, customizable, and re-usable.
  • Streamlines and simplifies contest participation for all users – competition hosts, judges, and most importantly, competition entrants.
  • User-friendly and intuitive – if you can create a simple web-based survey, you can create and run a competition powered by Skild.
  • Scalable- price points based on range of features, so creating and managing Skild-powered contests are feasible for any organization, no matter the size and budget.

Adds Rathi: “We’ve been proud to help clients use Skild to drive innovation and creativity around science, health, art, design, STEM education, scholarships, job searches, and a whole lot more. We can’t wait to see what people accomplish with OpenSkild.”

About Skild

Based in Los Angeles, Skild's competition platform is available for any organization seeking to launch online creativity contests that inspire the world's imagination. Founded by the creator of Innovation Challenge, Skild has quietly provided the backbone for numerous contests sponsored by diverse organizations, including AT&T, Autodesk, MTV, Nike, and NASA, The National Science Foundation, and General Electric. See our success stories and schedule a free demo at

Zach Servideo or Vanessa Camones
theMIXagency for Skild

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