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Announcing our Vibrant Cities Winning Concepts

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After just over two months, our Vibrant Cities Challenge has come to a close – and what an engaging and inspiring journey it’s been!
Together we shared 894 inspirations and designed 331 concepts to bring vibrancy to communities around the world. It was a tough decision, but thanks to your applause, comments and conversation, OpenIDEO and Steelcase identified 20 shortlisted concepts to move on to Refinement and Evaluation. Now, thanks again to your evaluation feedback, we’re pleased to announce our 11 Winning Concepts!
But first, a big congratulations to our entire community on your stellar work during this challenge’s Refinement and Evaluation phases. In particular, we loved the thorough detail and thoughtfulness that you brought to the conversation – through your builds, suggestions, and even some in-the-field interviews and observations, you wowed us with your collaborative efforts. And did we mention that over 780 evaluations were submitted!? All in all, we were so impressed and inspired by your level of engagement and participation throughout this Challenge.
Without further ado, congrats to our Winning Concepts and the community members who developed them:
Attracting Startups by Sarah Fathallah
Buy Locally, Connect Locally by T. Annie Nguyen
Create a Barter Market by Brian Redondo
Decode the Codes by Mike McDearmon
Dialog Booster by Jens Mortenson 
OpenCity by Matthew Rouser
Reclaimed in Detroit by Vincent Cheng
Rivalry! by Mei Hsieh
Vibrancy in a Box by Sarah Fathallah
ZipSpaces by Rebekah Emanuel
And remember, the challenge may have ended, but our collaborative efforts and conversation continue! Over the coming weeks we’ll be opening up our Realisation phase and starting to tell stories about how our challenge and our concepts are inspiring revitalisation efforts everywhere. Has this challenge inspired you to bring vibrancy to your own community? Email us at and we’ll help you share your story with our global community!
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This is the first time I am hearing about your vibrant cities challenge. Hostsailor It is great to know that you have shared 894 inspirations and designed 331 concepts for bringing vibrancy to communities around the world. I appreciate the entire team for your success. Keep going guys.

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