Vincent Cheng

"a person becomes human through others"

Social Entrepreneur & Innovation Advisor.

Former OpenIDEO Co-Lead.

Previous stints in strategy, innovation, brand management, marketing, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, nonprofits, & education with organizations like IDEO, Bain & Company, Procter & Gamble and Harvard Business School.

Always striving to combine caring, creativity, and community to make a positive impact, regardless of role, title, or sector.

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Thumbnail : 3-D Printed Plane

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: possibilities?

With a couple inspirations pointing out the potential for using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)...
Thumbnail : Memoto Overview

Portable Lifelogging Camera

Memoto is a portable lifelogging device, which was a big hit at SXSW.
Thumbnail : Koozoo Overview

Livestreaming Video Smartphone Network

A San Francisco startup, Koozoo, is creating a network where people can use their smartphones...

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  A note explaining why James added Vincent to their Team for this idea:
Inspired by Vincent's Wiki for World Benefit

rita oneil

January 25, 2014, 22:39PM
Hi, my name is rita, i saw your profile at, I want to have a serious
relationship with you. I would like to know more about you. Write me here
at this email address( i will send you my pictures and tell you more about
me ok.
Waiting to hear from you soonest.

Cheng Zhang

August 05, 2013, 19:29PM
Dear Vincent
It was a pleasure of reading your post.
I am Cheng Zhang, a master student from London School of Economics (LSE).

As I am writing a dissertation on OpenIDEO, can I send you a questionnaire for you to answer in about 10 days time?
I can see that you are an active participant, and I am really interested in finding out more about people like you.
If you do not have time it is totally understandable too! If you are interested, could you please send me an email to ? Or you can tell me your email here;).
Best regards and many thanks
Cheng Zhang


November 29, 2012, 20:06PM
Congrats on your winning concept on our Business Impact Challenge!

Anne-Laure Fayard

August 08, 2012, 01:36AM
Congrats on joining the openIDEO team!


July 23, 2012, 21:19PM
Vincent was selected for our monthly Featured Ideator series. Check it out:

Dube Line

June 23, 2012, 05:11AM
Your works really inspire me to moving forward and get more creativity. Thank you and keep a great work.

Robert Zlokower

February 23, 2012, 14:00PM
Hello Vincent,

I work for Seymourpowell, one of the world's leading design and innovation companies.
Maybe you are interested in commenting on our question: How will sustainability change our approaches to design and innovation over the next few years?

Thank you very much!

Dylan Box

January 30, 2012, 20:40PM

I am a graduating senior at the University of Michigan Art and Design school working on a thesis project in and around Detroit. I happened across your vibrant cities challenge after the winners were announced and noticed it is exactly what my thesis project is! I understand that the challenge is over, but I was wondering if you could connect me with anyone who is also interested in carrying the concept on after the challenge. I didn't notice a lot of talk in the comments about any continuation, but I would love to hear if you've received any emails from people wanting to make it a reality. I'm panning on moving to Detroit next year and continuing the work I've been doing on my thesis into an actual studio/workshop/skillshare, and it would be great to get connected to people moving and shaking in Detroit!


Dylan Box

Vincent Cheng

January 31, 2012, 04:04AM
Hi Dylan,

you're awesome! Great minds think alike, but to get to the point of real world impact requires the talent and dedication to actually make an idea happen like you're doing ;)

Here are my suggestions for connecting with others on this:

(1) REACH OUT TO POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS THROUGH THE CONCEPT: Feel free to post a new comment on my actual "Reclaimed in Detroit" concept ( ) to reach out to those who are reading it. Also, you can contact people who commented on the concept. You could post to their profile, or perhaps preferably see if they have any contact information so you can reach out to them (for example, my profile lists my personal Facebook profile)

(2) CONTACT CHALLENGE SPONSOR (STEELCASE) AND ORGANIZER (OPENIDEO) DIRECTLY:There was some representation from Steelcase participating in this challenge. In fact, if you use the Search Bar at the top right (select search by "Users" in the dropdown, and type in "Steelcase"), you'll get 17 results. Also, OpenIDEO challenges spotlight "Realization" projects (you can see this on some of the other challenges), so you could email their community management account ( to talk about how you're already working on realizing "Reclaimed in Detroit" and seeking collaborators, and hopefully they can shine a spotlight through a dedicated post on your work.

I've also update my "Reclaimed in Detroit" concept to highlight your work on the "What steps could you take to implement this idea today" section, with a link to your thesis blog & OpenIDEO profile. And to get it a little more attention, I also posted this content as a new comment.

-Hope this helps and Best of Luck!

Vincent Cheng

January 31, 2012, 17:07PM
Just highlighted your project on Twitter (!/AbantuApparel/status/164393147919642624 ) & Facebook ( ) too ;)


January 24, 2012, 01:58AM
Vincent continued with his spirited collaboration and ideation on our Vibrant Cities challenge – especially on his winning Reclaimed in Detroit concept. Way to go Vincent – you are a prolifically inspiring community member!

Simon Morfit

January 23, 2012, 17:56PM
Great job with Reclaimed in Detroit - keep the good ideas coming!

Vincent Cheng

January 28, 2012, 05:25AM
Thanks Simon! You keep the great ideas coming as well ;). Enjoying your synergistic concepts & diverse inspirations across the last few challenges.

Aina Cherry

December 16, 2011, 01:15AM
Congrats on your continued success here on IDEO, Vincent. I found your concept very inspiring. Wouldn't it be nice if Detroit of all places adopted a green city model? I would definitely go and check THAT out.

Vincent Cheng

December 16, 2011, 10:08AM
Thanks Aina =). Appreciate you adding more to the conversation on how to revitalize Detroit as a sustainable city.


December 08, 2011, 03:12AM
Vincent was a winner on the Amnesty Challenge with his comprehensive Amnesty Observer App concept. Yet again Vincent has wowed us with his innovative and collaborative approach. Long may he continue to brighten OpenIDEO with his stellar participation!

Sarah Fathallah

December 05, 2011, 11:25AM
Congrats Vincent on your winning concept in the Amnesty challenge! Very well deserved!

Vincent Cheng

December 05, 2011, 14:20PM
Thanks Sarah! Is a topic I'm passionate about and have personal/family experience with. And gratitude for your post on social media in the Arab Spring that definitely helped inspire me, and your great builds on this and other concepts.

Also, given your flow of inspirations on the vibrancy restoration challenge, I'm excited to see the concepts that emerge!

Vladimir Melnikov

November 16, 2011, 19:04PM
Vincent thanks for your comment. Today is my first day with Open IDEO. It's a real pleasure to meet you here!

Anne-Laure Fayard

October 14, 2011, 02:17AM
Vincent, thanks for your kind words on my profile.
I just wanted to say that your inspirations and comments on this challenge have been very inspiring and kept me thinking. Thanks! al

James McBennett

June 25, 2011, 21:05PM
Love the quote above "A person becomes human through others,"

Keep up the good work, find your comments very inspiring!

Vincent Cheng

June 26, 2011, 03:47AM
Thanks James, it's a really core belief for me =) Have been quite inspired by some of your posts as well, most recently the one on Impact Business.


May 02, 2011, 04:41AM
Vincent has been an OpenIDEATOR rockstar across a number of challenges. His Pregnancy Nutrition Package *and* Mom 2 Mom Mentor Matching concepts both featured amongst the winners on the Maternal Health + Mobile Technology Challenge. Great stuff, yet again!


May 02, 2011, 19:01PM
And of course, how could we forget his simple and streamlined solution for our Bone Marrow Donation Challenge? We all hate waiting in line at the DMV, but Vincent's idea makes even renewing our driver licenses much more fun and worthwhile.

Krassimira Iordanova

April 21, 2011, 12:12PM
Vincent, congrats on winning AGAIN!!!!:-) This is super fantastic!

Vincent Cheng

April 21, 2011, 14:22PM
Thanks Krassimira. Looking forward to our continued collaboration =)

Lahiru Dayananda

April 21, 2011, 09:37AM
Congrats for winning the Maternity challenge! Great work, I loved your concept.

Vincent Cheng

April 21, 2011, 14:20PM
Thanks LilNinja, appreciate your build off the concept (encouraged me to think how community could be taken to the next level), and hope to see you on future OpenIDEO challenges.

Megan Wimmer

April 20, 2011, 02:39AM
Congratulations on the winning concept!!

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 03:11AM
Thanks Megan! I really appreciate your feedback and builds. Also, I must say that I love your "bucket list" idea! Personally, that is very inspirational for me and how I try to live my life.

Sarah Fathallah

April 18, 2011, 21:34PM
Hi Vincent! Congratulations on winning the Bone Marrow challenge! Well deserved.

Vincent Cheng

April 18, 2011, 22:23PM
Thanks Sarah! Looking forward to your concepts moving towards realization too, as I expect will happen quite soon, judging from where some of the current challenges are heading =)

Sarah Fathallah

April 21, 2011, 10:16AM
I don't think I'm there yet, but oh well :)

Sarah Fathallah

April 21, 2011, 10:34AM
Btw, congrats again for your winning concept in the Maternal Health challenge! You rock :)

Justin Kim

March 18, 2011, 16:25PM
Vincent, thanks for you feedback, which has been very inspiring and encouraging!

Haiyan Zhang

March 17, 2011, 16:56PM
Vincent - thanks so much for your kind words. And for being such a great supporter of OpenIDEO! Let's work together and make this thing even greater :)

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 03:41AM
All the words were very well deserved Haiyan =). Psyched to continue to collaborate with such a creative, talented, & diverse community, and excited about the huge potential for positive impact.

Krassimira Iordanova

March 02, 2011, 15:47PM
Vincent, thanks for the ecouragement and feedback! I enjoy your inspiration!

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 04:03AM
And I'm enjoying your whirlwind of great ideas!

Ian G

February 14, 2011, 21:07PM
Vincent, thanks for your compliments. I'm really enjoying OpenIDEO! You've really had some great inspirations so far on the maternal health challenge. Looking forward to working with you in the concept phase. Keep it up!


January 31, 2011, 15:50PM
Vincent has been an inspiring and highly active OpenIDEATOR. Alongside his great commentary and posts he was a winner on the i20 Innovation Challenge and a double winner on the Sanitation Challenge. We love his encouraging attitude. Cheers Vincent!

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 04:24AM
Thanks for the testimonial Meena...err OpenIDEO =P

Demian Repucci

January 13, 2011, 15:57PM
Vincent, Congratulations on the i20 Innovation Challenge selection! You are an OpenIDEO superpower! Keep the great ideas coming!

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 04:14AM
Thanks Demian. You are a quite the OpenIDEO superpower yourself! Looking forward to your future ideating.

Alessandro Ortega

January 11, 2011, 14:07PM
Thanks for for encouragement! OpenIDEO has been a very good experience for me. The spirit of collaboration that I have met some people like you are very motivating. Count on my support on their projects and also forgive me if my comments are too harsh or rough. The language is a big hurdle for me, and my online translator does not understand subtleties! I tend to be frank in my opinions too, but I sincerely hope to help build something really good and that really works. Count me in!

Adriana Olmos

November 26, 2010, 15:49PM
Hi Vincent, thank you for your kind comment. It is inspiring reading all your contributions.

Dave Chalmers

November 25, 2010, 18:21PM
Thanks for yor comment, I actually emailed this idea to a member of the dragons den in england, not the program but his venture capitalist firm, I recall it was Peter jones approximate 10 months ago. ago and was emailed back saying they could not accept unsolicited ideas,, I was gutted hence this, all I'm concerned about is that it gets done but I HD this idea years ago.

Dave Chalmers

November 19, 2010, 15:41PM
Vincent, thank you for your support but, please could you reread py proposal, and you will see it does have big environmental benefits. Thank you

Kristine Tsung

November 09, 2010, 22:15PM
Thank you Vincent for your encouraging feedback on my very first post. I'm still browsing around Open IDEO, and learning more. By the way, I really like your motto: "A person becomes human through others"... =D

Arjan Tupan

November 09, 2010, 13:36PM
Hi Vincent, Thanks for your compliments on my profile! Your contributions on both OpenIDEO and OpenPlanetIdeas have set a great example and are a great inspiration for me. I look forward to more collaboration on OPI and future challenges.

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 04:19AM
Since you posted this Arjan, you have truly become the king of collaboration =). Keep it up!

Johan Löfström

November 06, 2010, 01:18AM
Hi Vincent, thanks for the compliments, I like your ideas and concepts too. You are just the person that helps make ideas flow better, and to make me become more creative. Do you want help with starting that business, let me know, how can i help? i am up for it! :)
I am at facebook! :)

Vincent Cheng

April 20, 2011, 04:08AM
Thanks Johan =) I must say that you provide a very unique perspective on OpenIDEO, one that pushes me to think in new ways.
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