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.