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Community-Crafted Ideas Meet Community-Driven Funding

We are proud to announce the Community Backed Project, a partnership between OpenIDEO and Indiegogo to support ideators from past OpenIDEO challenges take their ideas to implementation. The first cohort to be part of this project has been chosen based on the team’s passion, perseverance and commitment to continue working on their ideas after the completion of a challenge.

Check out these inspiring stories, then join us with your support: 



Fighting Ebola Challenge

Ebola Survivors Corps // Sarah Paige // Madison, USA + Sierra Leone
Dr. Sarah Paige has spent the past 10 years studying emerging infectious diseases.Through this process she created an all-star team that got together and brainstormed a unique and powerful solution to West Africa's Ebola crisis.'
Ebola Data In Real Time // Arnav Sood // New York, USA + Guinea
Arnav Sood is an engineering student at NYU. During an OpenIDEO meetup, he met collaborator Pamela Wu. Together they created an online database of Ebola outbreaks using SMS in real time. This prototype is being refined in partnership with the There is No Limit Foundation. They are ready to take it to users' hands.'

Youth Employment Challenge

Empowering Ugandan Social Entrepreneurs // Alex Mokori // Kampala, Uganda
Alex Mokori, like other NGO employees, is regularly approached by young graduates for employment. In June 2014, he started mentoring 15 unemployed college graduates. Now, Alex and his team of fellow mentors run a launch pad for social entrepreneurs.

Recycling Challenge

Refuture // Rob Han // Shanghai, China
Robert Han wished that he could create more impact at work. So he developed Refuture, a simple app that transforms positive daily actions into points that are ranked against friends on a social platform.

Youth Mentor Challenge

Empowering Veterans Through Technology // Robert Slack & Theodor Yamada // San Francisco, USA
Robert Slack lost his veteran son. But this did not happen on the battlefield. Donji's grandfather is a WWII veteran and his personal hero. Joined by their commitment to support veterans, they teamed up to create a mentorhsip program that supports VETTs through teaching them tech skills.