OpenIDEO is an open collaborative platform for social design and innovation. The site allows for projects, called challenges on the platform, to be submitted by partnerships between leading organizations. These challenges are posed as questions in order to find solutions to better the world, such as reducing plastic waste or improving education for youth in emergency situations. In order to facilitate the innovation process, each challenge is divided into a number of phases, each lasting roughly a few weeks:
In addition to the social innovation process for challenges on the site, OpenIDEO also has location-based chapters in 30 cities around the world designed for interested participants to:
Find Community: Connect with creatives, entrepreneurs, educators and leaders in your city and collaborate to solve meaningful local and global issues.
Gain Insight:Attend local events to hear inspiring speakers, build entrepreneurial skills, and learn human-centered design.
Create Solutions:Design and support projects that address issues in your local community and access resources to expand your impact.
Ignite Action:Collaborate with other Chapters around the world and take collective action on social or environmental challenges.
OpenIDEO is developed by design firm IDEO, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States.