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You can innovate much faster when you’re building on the ideas of many. We call this open innovation. Here’s how you can try it out:

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Challenges are idea accelerators that connect people worldwide with tools, support, and each other to build real solutions for today's toughest problems. This is a great place to start if you’re getting to know OpenIDEO.

“This, by far, is the most creative, interactive and iterative platform that we've ever come across in well over a decade of our experience. Transformative ideas are open for everyone to take a look at. Regardless of whether an idea emerges among the winners, it may offer unexpected insights.”

Dagnachew B. Wakene

Co-founder at ThisAbility Ethiopia

  • Use IDEO resources and design thinking to develop, refine, and scale your ideas. 
  • Access funding or design support to advance and implement your idea.
  • Connect with a global community of innovators, experts, and funders.

Chapters regularly convene community builders, innovators, experts and funders in cities worldwide to take local action on global OpenIDEO initiatives. If you want to to connect with innovators in your community, go here.

“When I thought I was alone on my journey to create social impact, I met a group of like-minded people who reminded me that I don’t have to walk alone. With OpenIDEO Chapters, I found a team, friends and a community of dreamers. Together, we explore all kinds of ways to make a positive impact not only in my hometown but across the globe.”

Daniela Restrepo Ortiz

Community Designer

  • Build meaningful connections with other leaders in your city.
  • Partner with local innovators to advance impactful solutions.
  • Make a difference in your community through design.

Alliances are community accelerators that help people who are committed to a shared purpose find support, build partnerships, and use design to advance solutions. If you’re dedicated to driving change, check them out.

“Through OpenIDEO, we got our first investment ever. Until then, no one had believed in us. Now in the Food Waste Alliance, we have a community of support, were accepted to the Food-X Accelerator and are scaling our operations and impact.”

Bertha Jimenez

Entrepreneur at Rise Marketplace

  • Join a passionate group of experts, funders, and entrepreneurs.
  • Scale your solutions with access to funding and IDEO resources.
  • Access exclusive mentorship opportunities, events, and tools.

Events are opportunities to connect and collaborate with innovators in your city and around the globe.

“OpenIDEO brings innovators together from around the world, and not just online. When RISE participated in the Education in Emergencies Challenge, being able to connect and get real-time feedback from entrepreneurs and experts through both in-person and digital events was exhilarating, and made us work harder to turn our innovation into a Top Idea.”

Sergio Medina

Founder and CEO of RISE

  • Meet with and learn from entrepreneurs, leaders, and experts.
  • Refine your projects live with community support and resources.
  • Host events and apply IDEO’s design tools to build skills and impact.