In this phase you'll determine the challenge structure and implementation timeline. During this critical step, you'll work with internal groups to establish eligibility and submission requirements, terms and conditions, and judging criteria. You'll connect with your communications team to outline your announcement and ongoing outreach strategy to engage potential solvers.
Develop Submission Requirements
Your target audience has to understand what you want. Develop appropriate requirements for challenge participants to follow in their submissions. Some challenges include detailed rules that apply to the submission and judging process to maintain fairness. For example, a prototyping or technology development challenge may have rules restricting the weight of a submission or how technologies interface to power sources.
Be clear. Participants and judges will thank you.
Decide during the planning process what criteria are important for solutions to meet. Document these clearly and explicitly.
If you're asking participants to develop a website, specify which web browser versions, devices and operating systems it should support. Participants will have a better understanding of what's required of their solutions, and your team will have a legally justifiable method for disqualifying any that fail to meet these criteria.
Certain terms and expressions mean different things to different people. Your requirements should leave no room for interpretation.
For example, a submission deadline of 11/10/2025 would commonly be interpreted as November 10, 2025, in the United States. But if your challenge is open to those outside the country, some participants may think the deadline is October 11, 2025.
It's good to be explicit, but artificial constraints can turn off potential solvers. Try to be as broad as possible in your submission requirements. For example, allow graphic designers to use a variety of file formats, and allow coders to use different programming languages.
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