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Be the Match can host Tributes & Toasts around the country, where they honor recent donors and invite them to share their story with the event attendees (ie the honorees' friends and family).

Be the Match can host Tributes & Toasts around the country, where they honor recent donors and invite them to share their story with the event attendees (ie the honorees' friends and family).

Photo of Marney Binns
3 9

26 evaluations so far
The bone marrow donation process isn’t the same as it used to be.  The vastly superior technology has been updated, as has the procedure … but we’ve left the brand in past, where images of large hollow needles, long recoveries, and intense pain circulate.  Let’s start fresh!  We need to educate people - this isn’t your mama’s bone marrow donation process.

The bone marrow donation process isn’t the same as it used to be. The vastly superior technology has been updated, as has the procedure … but we’ve left the brand in past, where images of large hollow needles, long recoveries, and intense pain circulate. Let’s start fresh! We need to educate people - this isn’t your mama’s bone marrow donation process.

Photo of Marney Binns
8 19

28 evaluations so far
We all know donating bone marrows saves lives, simple as that. No spiritual leaders and faith organizations can deny the importance of a great cause such as saving lives. 
How can we provide the right resources to spiritual leaders and faith organizations who often have great influence over their congregation, so they can can effectively partner with bone marrow agencies to increase the bone marrow registries?

We all know donating bone marrows saves lives, simple as that. No spiritual leaders and faith organizations can deny the importance of a great cause such as saving lives. How can we provide the right resources to spiritual leaders and faith organizations who often have great influence over their congregation, so they can can effectively partner with bone marrow agencies to increase the bone marrow registries?

Photo of Chloe Tseung
9 11

19 evaluations so far
People meet to have Tupperware parties at their homes, where the host supplies food and drinks and presents the new Tupperware products. Why shouldn´t we apply this principle to a good cause like having a "Swap party" where people come together to inform themselves and get registered among friends in a nice atmosphere.

People meet to have Tupperware parties at their homes, where the host supplies food and drinks and presents the new Tupperware products. Why shouldn´t we apply this principle to a good cause like having a "Swap party" where people come together to inform themselves and get registered among friends in a nice atmosphere.

Photo of Veronika
7 13

17 evaluations so far
South Asians have  a particularly difficult time finding a match with low numbers of registered donors. But they are crazy about cricket in South Asia (India, Paklstan and Srilanka.) Cricket star based ads sell here. Let's spread awareness and motivate with cricket stars like Sachin Tendulkar.

South Asians have a particularly difficult time finding a match with low numbers of registered donors. But they are crazy about cricket in South Asia (India, Paklstan and Srilanka.) Cricket star based ads sell here. Let's spread awareness and motivate with cricket stars like Sachin Tendulkar.

Photo of Sujatha Krishnamoorthy
5 18

20 evaluations so far
Finding an 'ordinary' person who has had experience of bone marrow surgery (?) got through it and teaming them with a celebrity to tell a story can be powerful. Keenan, a 15 year old American kid with a genetic disease which required a bone marrow transplant has become incredibly famous for impersonating famous singers! His YouTube videos have been watched by millions of viewers and celebrities are wanting to make videos with him.

Finding an 'ordinary' person who has had experience of bone marrow surgery (?) got through it and teaming them with a celebrity to tell a story can be powerful. Keenan, a 15 year old American kid with a genetic disease which required a bone marrow transplant has become incredibly famous for impersonating famous singers! His YouTube videos have been watched by millions of viewers and celebrities are wanting to make videos with him.

Photo of Louise Wilson
19 12

15 evaluations so far
A mobile application to help groups organize bone marrow registry drives. A fast, accessible, one touch to join application that connects users to existing bone marrow drives and gives them the opportunity to organize a drive and invite others to join.  People are more likely to participate in a bone marrow drive if there is a face attached to the cause and if there is an organized group event where friends, co-workers and team members can encourage each other.

A mobile application to help groups organize bone marrow registry drives. A fast, accessible, one touch to join application that connects users to existing bone marrow drives and gives them the opportunity to organize a drive and invite others to join. People are more likely to participate in a bone marrow drive if there is a face attached to the cause and if there is an organized group event where friends, co-workers and team members can encourage each other.

Photo of Carola Ponce
30 29

24 evaluations so far
Challenge cross-disciplinary teams at Stanford to build a computer program that could create music from a visual representation (i.e., musical score) of a registrant’s DNA.

Use the program to let people download their DNA masterpiece as an MP3 file.  Or, find what musical genius’s symphony or pop song they most closely match. Create songs with their friends’ and family members’ DNA scores.  Make ring tones. The possibilities are endless.

Challenge cross-disciplinary teams at Stanford to build a computer program that could create music from a visual representation (i.e., musical score) of a registrant’s DNA. Use the program to let people download their DNA masterpiece as an MP3 file. Or, find what musical genius’s symphony or pop song they most closely match. Create songs with their friends’ and family members’ DNA scores. Make ring tones. The possibilities are endless.

Photo of Joanna
13 28

29 evaluations so far
This concept turns the idea of 'donation' upside down and works around the idea of 'investing' instead.

This concept turns the idea of 'donation' upside down and works around the idea of 'investing' instead.

Photo of Anuja Singhal
6 9

17 evaluations so far
A simple concept incorporated into a wider promotional / awareness campaign might include a "choose your adventure" type Youtube video that is interactive. Yes, Youtube has interactive elements like hyperlinks to other videos within the video itself (for example: check the basics of how it works in the attached video). You could create short clips of the process from various perspectives: (a) the potential donor and (b) the recipient -- both branching out to different scenarios.

A simple concept incorporated into a wider promotional / awareness campaign might include a "choose your adventure" type Youtube video that is interactive. Yes, Youtube has interactive elements like hyperlinks to other videos within the video itself (for example: check the basics of how it works in the attached video). You could create short clips of the process from various perspectives: (a) the potential donor and (b) the recipient -- both branching out to different scenarios.

Photo of Sina Mossayeb
16 14

20 evaluations so far
Using an 'adda' where large numbers of indian men congregate and turning chai sellers into evangelists by incentivising them, I believe we could get the message out and get lots of registrations.

Using an 'adda' where large numbers of indian men congregate and turning chai sellers into evangelists by incentivising them, I believe we could get the message out and get lots of registrations.

Photo of Nikhil Velpanur
20 13

19 evaluations so far
Dentists could register their patients to become bone marrow donors during appointments. Many people may fear sitting in the dentist's chair, but they could feel better if they felt they were helping others.

Dentists could register their patients to become bone marrow donors during appointments. Many people may fear sitting in the dentist's chair, but they could feel better if they felt they were helping others.

Photo of Jennifer S
14 31

23 evaluations so far
Launching an education campaign in schools focusing the kids may be a good way of discussing the bone marrow donation process with transparency, to get the right information to the parents and prevent some barriers to appear.

Launching an education campaign in schools focusing the kids may be a good way of discussing the bone marrow donation process with transparency, to get the right information to the parents and prevent some barriers to appear.

Photo of Fernanda Cabral
7 10

11 evaluations so far
This concept combines with the Interactive map of registered donors. Please see http://3bl.me/az3ghz or click the colourful US map under 'Built on this' and give comment and feedback there. Convincing people to register as a donor is one thing, but then finding the right place near you is the next. This concept is to globally centralize location data for donor centers, national registries, donor drives and other information on a central site.

This concept combines with the Interactive map of registered donors. Please see http://3bl.me/az3ghz or click the colourful US map under 'Built on this' and give comment and feedback there. Convincing people to register as a donor is one thing, but then finding the right place near you is the next. This concept is to globally centralize location data for donor centers, national registries, donor drives and other information on a central site.

Photo of Arjan Tupan
16 15

9 evaluations so far
"Hi, I'm _____.  My favorite hobby is _________.  Are you my match?"
A website that lets potential donors put a human face to the recipient database by showcasing short video stories from actual potential receipiants that are personal and fun, showing people that they are no different from the people who have this condition.

"Hi, I'm _____. My favorite hobby is _________. Are you my match?" A website that lets potential donors put a human face to the recipient database by showcasing short video stories from actual potential receipiants that are personal and fun, showing people that they are no different from the people who have this condition.

Photo of Nancy Phan
5 7

10 evaluations so far
Imagine a competition amongst corporations for who could get the most cheek swabs- competition for a great cause! Target corporations that are internationally represented (i.e. high tech companies, software companies, research labs). The winning corporation gets some free donated advertising from a media partner(s).

Imagine a competition amongst corporations for who could get the most cheek swabs- competition for a great cause! Target corporations that are internationally represented (i.e. high tech companies, software companies, research labs). The winning corporation gets some free donated advertising from a media partner(s).

Photo of Krassimira Iordanova
6 13

8 evaluations so far