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University-Based Open Innovation Awareness Websites built on a DIY Kit

University-based crowdsourcing competition challenge platform to encourage ways of promoting registry increase (a website with DIY resources, open source challenge platform, materials, promo stuff, etc.). It's hard not to get involved when you're coming up with ideas to get others involved!

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How many of you considered donating AFTER engaging in this challenge? I did. I've also observed some fellow ideoators consider and doing it as well. The literature on participatory engagement suggests that members of an organization are more likely to remain in the organization or carry out specific practices, if they are tasked with sharing it or getting others to join. So, create an online challenge site by region where people can respond to challenges associated with promoting registry (like much of the awareness campaigns for Breast Cancer).


Produce a website that has material ready to use (open source) for building competition websites, with promo material, and action guides. Having ongoing online competitions that worked around challenges aimed at producing T-shirt designs (Threadless), slogans, etc., creative drives could function as the content modality.


You would have various student, non-student (peer group), and other organizations participating: (a) producing awesome fun-ness (i.e., idea submissions), and (b) building an online community that inspires and supports the registry process. As I was doing this challenge, I couldn't help but to think about how useful it would have been to have a contact/live chat button on this challenge that let anyone talk with someone about registering and the process; in other words, I felt a tug to want to register myself. The website itself would be a starting point with all sorts of DIY kits that make it easy for individuals and groups to lead such competitions or sites (increasing the likeliness of their own participation and their strong networks' down the road). The production/ideas from the winners could be integrated into the DIY website and diffused across region/campuses, etc. In the meantime, people would have a process by which to reflect on their own submission process.


Built off of (I should go through the rest of the enties and add them here, but for now):
1. Challenge sites like OpenIDEO, Threadless, Kickstarter, etc., etc.
2. Inspirations that talked about outreaching to college age demographics
3. Inspirations and Concepts focusing on visual advertisement campaigns.

Which barrier(s) does your concept address?

  • Fear

Which step(s) of the journey does your concept apply to?

  • Awareness

Evaluation results

9 evaluations so far

1. How easy is this concept to implement?

I could start right now. - 10%

This might take a bit of planning and probably some help from several partners. - 80%

This is a big undertaking and I'd need a lot of help from friends, organizations and other groups to make it happen. - 10%

2. Will this concept successfully reach and encourage under-represented populations (including South Asians) to join the bone marrow registry?

Yes, this concept will resonate with diverse groups of people from all over the world. - 40%

No, this concept might not reach under-represented populations very well. - 10%

I'm not sure, but I hope so! - 50%

3. How well does this concept dispel myths, ease fears, or provide education about bone marrow registration and donation?

Really well -- I already feel like I have a better understanding of the process and why it's important. - 60%

Okay, though it'll still take some explaining to get people to understand how bone marrow registration and donation work. - 30%

Not very well -- we'd have to create a highly detailed plan around this concept to help people understand. - 10%

4. How scalable is this concept?

This concept is highly scalable and could easily impact people all over the world. - 50%

This concept is really best suited for small groups and local areas. - 30%

This concept could be scaled, but we'd have to refine it for different settings. - 20%

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Photo of Nathan Waterhouse

Jennifer and I will be mentioning your concept as well as all the winning ideas at the Stanford conference this Saturday. Congratulations again.

Photo of Sina Mossayeb

wow thanks nathan. very humbled and incredibly fulfilling to be part of this community of do-gooders.

Photo of Sina Mossayeb

how did it go chief?

Photo of Nathan Waterhouse

Sina did you know your idea was the main inspiration for the drive in a box idea that helped 100k cheeks reach and surpass their goal of 100,000 cheeks?

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