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No, you’ll actually need more than a platform to run your challenge . . .

It makes sense to launch into this post via that statement, seeing as “now that I have a platform, I can start collecting submissions and awarding prizes!” is such a common belief held by novice challenge administrators. Which is why it’s so important to highlight all of the critical components that go into running a successful challenge that lie outside the scope of a software platform. For instance . . .

  • What does your challenge website look like?
  • Have you optimized the design structure of your challenge?
  • How long do you want your challenge to run?
  • Are you managing your challenge alone, or do you have a project manager?
  • How are you letting people — the right people — know that your challenge exists?
  • What resources are you providing to help your participants with their submissions?
  • What information are you collecting in those submissions?
  • How are you evaluating those submissions?
  • Are you sharing any submissions publicly?
  • What are you awarding to participants?
  • How are you delivering those awards to participants?
  • How are you measuring success?
  • How are you preparing to do it all again?

If you’re having a hard time answering the questions above, it’s OK — you’re not alone. This is precisely why Skild is here. We’ve built an ecosystem to cover every aspect of a successful innovation challenge. Want to learn more? Read our white paper here.

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