[check out our interactive collaboration map of the connections between all of the ideas from this challenge]
In our most recent challenge, the OpenIDEO community took on a profound international problem: communicating with the outside world when a civilian community is at risk of mass violence.
Despite the complexity of the problem, your fab ideas came pouring in – over 300 inspirational thoughts drawing from human and technological ingenuity around the world. There were many great insights about conflict and the government-caused infrastructure barriers to communication that often exist in these situations. You submitted 166 ideas, ranging from UAV technology to Lord of the Rings-style signal fires to the power of individual stories. Shortlisted ideas were collectively refined and prototyped by the joint experience and thoughtfulness of seasoned OpenIDEO collaborators alongside newcomers, as well as practitioners from the field of conflict prevention.
As our Evaluation phase drew to a close, the shortlisted ideas were also evaluated by a group of experts in technology and international conflict prevention on the expert panel of USAID and Humanity United’s Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention.
We are thrilled to announce the 6 winning ideas! Each one took creative, technologically appropriate proposals that offer an opportunity for real impact on the ground. But as you know, the OpenIDEO process is one of repeated iteration – and we hope you will continue to refine them in conversation with collaborators and communities beyond our platform. Over the coming months, USAID and Humanity United will explore with winners how to potentially support the development of their ideas and pursue implementation as part of their Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention. Stay tuned for more information!
In the meantime, USAID and Humanity United would like to extend a huge thank you to all who joined us on this difficult challenge. They were impressed by the collaboration that led to the strength of these 6 winning ideas – none of which would have been possible without the collective attention of a community full of open minds and imagination.