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Impact Challenge Winners Announced

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Prototyping on the road to impact.
With the Impact Challenge we set out to celebrate our first year at OpenIDEO and envision an even better year ahead. Over the last six weeks our collaborative community has come together to explore the topic of impact – what it looks like, why it matters, and how we achieve it. You inspired us with your eye-opening examples and wowed us with your big ideas. 
One of our key learnings from this challenge is that achieving impact is an interative process, one that relies on prototypes and experiments to help us refine our ideas and turn them into action. Interestingly, we saw a number of prototypes take shape as the challenge progressed, both from our community and the OpenIDEO team.
Sarah Fathallah was inspired to try out her OpenTRANSLATE concept in real life by creating a shared Google Doc, open to the entire community, that asked for contributions to translate OpenIDEO. It’s been exciting to see OpenIDEO come to life in 13 new languages! Arjan Tupan and Anne Reichert were also motivated to turn Anne’s Small Act of Goodness concept into reality. Together they created a Facebook page and a blog to spread the word that a small act of goodness can go a long way.
As for the OpenIDEO team, we were also keen to prototype a few new things during this Evaluation phase – including recruiting an Advisory Panel to guide our concept selections, creating a video to explain the basics of evaluation and modifying the challenge timeline to show the number of evaluations throughout the phase. It’s been fun to think about how we might make Evaluation even more engaging and impact-focused in upcoming challenges – and we can guarantee that our 'always-in-beta' spirit means even more prototypes in the future!
And now to introduce our Impact Challenge winning ideas – and boy these were tough decisions! To start, we tallied up all of your evaluation scores to see how each concept was rated by the community. We also collected feedback from our Advisory Panel to find out which ideas they were most excited about. From there, the OpenIDEO team synthesised all this great input and developed a list of 10 winning concepts.
Still, as we made our decision, one valuable takeaway remained: without doubt, every idea submitted during this Challenge – no matter where it ended up in the end – has the potential to achieve positive impact. Some of your ideas hold great promise for further development on OpenIDEO, while others offer the opportunity to achieve positive impact in our local communities around the world. Although we’ve chosen ten winning concepts, we want all of you to know how impressive and inspiring your collective efforts have been. We're excited to launch the Realisation phase soon so we can all share our stories of taking ideas forward!
Congratulations to our ten winning concepts and to our entire community for such a collaborative, fun and high-impact challenge! Head over to the Winners Announced phase to check out our Top 10.
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