OSlantis Guidelines

Oslantis Guidelines

Everything on Oslantis must be an Open Source Challenge

An Open Source Challenge is something with a clear goal, which will eventually be solved, and the designs of the solution will be produced and shared publicly as a result.

Every project on Oslantis must fit into one of our categories.

Our categories are Technology, Software, Energy, Governance, Health, Food, Sports, Music. If you have would like to suggest a new category you can write us to hello@oslantis.com

Should I run a challenge on Oslantis?

If you consider running a Challenge Prize, take a look at the following questions. They should help you find out if you have the right ingredients to launching a Challenge prize to solve your problem, need or opportunity:

1. Can you define a clear goal (in response to your problem, need or opportunity) and see a way to measure and judge whether the goal has been met?

Challenge prizes prompt advances by setting a clear goal and inviting innovators to compete to reach that goal (or make the best progress towards the goal by a particular point in time). They can be particularly effective when you have a clear goal in mind, but when the means for achieving the goal are unknown or too speculative for traditional research programmes, grant programmes or procurement.

You must be able to describe the challenge in a simple title. 3 lines is great. Define the problem, not the solution. You want to aim fors clarity of the mission with your challenge – precision around the goal, with an open mind about how a goal could be achieved.

Sometimes demonstrating success may mean meeting specific cost or performance targets, in which case you may need quantitative measures and to create a test environment in which you can assess performance. Sometimes you will want to make awards based on much more qualitative measures, and judging winners could be much more subjective.

2. Do you think that you could generate the best solutions by opening  up the problem to a wider pool of innovators?

If it seems as though there is only a small group of people in the world with the expertise and capital to develop a solution to a problem, then a challenge prize may not be the right response. But if you can imagine solutions coming in different forms and from different places, then a prize is worth exploring.

Having said this, you may have a good idea of who could solve a problem and still set a challenge. Many prizes are highly targeted and aim to prompt action amongst a specific group of players.

Prizes are also used today to crowdsource and mix ideas and solutions that are already out there.

3. Do you think you could motivate innovators to participate?

Prizes ask innovators to give their own time and energy to solving a problem. They often also require innovators (whether they are part of a team, or working alone) to make a financial investment in the project, based on the chance – but not the certainty – of a reward for the effort.

Judging the value of cash reward is one important piece of the puzzle. But money can not the only motivator for people to participate in a Challenge.

A good prize design will motivate participants by allowing autonomous work, inviting them to work for a meaningful cause, creating opportunities for growth of the participants by mastering news skills .


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