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About the Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge®, a property of Skild Inc., is the World's largest and most established online innovation competition. For thirteen years, the brightest and most creative people from all over the world have been matched with leading companies in an experience designed to address our most pressing business and social innovation challenges.

  • Q: Where did the Innovation Challenge get its start?

    A: Founded in 2002 by Anil Rathi, at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Skild (formerly Idea Crossing) initially hoped to link consumers who had come up with great product ideas to the companies that could bring the ideas to market. The competition started as something of an incidental experiment. But when the brainiacs leaped at the chance to tackle real-world problems and the companies swooned over the solutions these young outsiders came up with, the "experiment" graduated into an franchise of competitions (excerpt from the book "We are Smarter than Me - Wharton Business School Publishing).

  • Q: Who have been some of your past sponsors?

    A: Some past sponsors include American Express, AT&T, Shell Oil, GE, Samsung Electronics, Google, Harley-Davidson, Hilton, IBM, Whirlpool, USPS, DaimlerChrysler, M&M's Chocolate Candies, Sprint, The UPS Store, Dial Corporation, Chiquita, Cold Stone Creamery, U-Haul, and GE to name a few.

  • Q: Where did the Innovation Challenge get its start?

    A: Founded in 2002 by Anil Rathi, at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Skild (formerly Idea Crossing) initially hoped to link consumers who had come up with great product ideas to the companies that could bring the ideas to market. The competition started as something of an incidental experiment. But when the brainiacs leaped at the chance to tackle real-world problems and the companies swooned over the solutions these young outsiders came up with, the "experiment" graduated into an franchise of competitions (excerpt from the book "We are Smarter than Me - Wharton Business School Publishing).

  • Q: Who have been some of your past sponsors?

    A: Some past sponsors include American Express, AT&T, Shell Oil, GE, Samsung Electronics, Google, Harley-Davidson, Hilton, IBM, Whirlpool, USPS, DaimlerChrysler, M&M's Chocolate Candies, Sprint, The UPS Store, Dial Corporation, Chiquita, Cold Stone Creamery, U-Haul, and GE to name a few.

  • "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