We were excited to find in our inbox this fab Christmas card created specially for us by Bernadette Quah from Malaysia. (Click image to view all the great detail)
And congratulations everyone! OpenIDEO officially reached 10,000 users at 4:30pm PST, Friday Dec 17, 2011. We were super-psyched and continue to be amazed at the community and passion that has been evolving these past months.
We know there are festive distractions in the upcoming week but hope you'll still find time to drop in and contribute to OpenIDEO. (We hear that plum pudding and innovative thinking go hand-in-hand!) The Sanitation Challenge is in full swing of it's Concepting Phase, so come by with your ideas and comments – only a week left to submit your creative solutions. The Innovation Challenge is in the Evaluation Phase, so needs your applauds and input to help us set the agenda for the i20 gathering of world innovation leaders in January.
Elsewhere we've got an active Twitter following and recently one of our followers in San Francisco noticed that another from New York was headed over for Christmas – and so this week's OpenIDEO SF Tweet-up was hatched. OpenIDEATORS Anjelika Deogirikar and Nicole Scibola invited others in San Francisco to join them for a meet-up of Twitter folk (tweet-up). Fourteen of them made it to mingle over food and drinks plus talk of open innovation and collaborative opportunities. From a designer to lawyer and pharmacist to architect, engaging conversations ranged from topics of defining 'social innovation' in one sentence to discussing interactive textbook designs and mobile apps from their diverse backgrounds including healthcare, technology and venture capital.They even managed to keep our Twitter community in the loop via live updates and a photo set on Flickr!