OpenIDEO has partnered with the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University to explore new ideas for encouraging bone marrow donation worldwide. Together we’re asking you, the OpenIDEO community, to help us find ways to expand the global network of potential bone marrow donors and support people who are battling leukemia and other blood cancers.
Bone marrow transplants are one type of treatment for leukemia and other blood or bone marrow cancers. This OpenIDEO challenge will complement the efforts of
100K Cheeks, a Stanford-based advocacy group dedicated to increasing the number of people enrolled in bone marrow registries worldwide. Certain populations are dramatically under-represented in existing bone marrow registries. For example, the match rate within the South Asian* demographic is critically low—with a 1 in 20,000 chance for a potential recipient to find a match.
OpenIDEO Bone Marrow Challenge
A swab used for the cheek in registering a bone marrow donor.
Volunteers get cheek swabs to register as potential bone marrow donors.
swab their cheeks during a bone marrow donor drive,
For more information about bone marrow donation (including the process, myths, and facts), visit
BeTheMatch.org. If you’re interested in becoming a donor, you can look up the registry in your country
*South Asia refers to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Sri Lanka
We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their significant support in making this program possible: