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Veterans Online Memorial Challenge

Submit your idea to make the Veterans Online Memorial more engaging and meaningful for users Read Overview...
$10,000
Overview

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) seeks to create an interactive digital experience that enables virtual memorialization of the millions of people interred at VA national cemeteries. This online memorial space will allow visitors to honor, cherish, share, and pay their respects and permit researchers, amateurs, students, and professionals to share information about Veterans.

The VA already has the core data and the future development plan to execute on this online memorial concept. We are seeking your best idea of website features or integrations that will make the interactive process meaningful, engaging, and appropriate for all future audiences.

The ideas submitted in this challenge may be utilized in followon challenges that will execute on Topcoder.  

 

What can you do right now?

Read the winner announcement to review the outcome of the HeroX Ideation Challenge

Visit the Topcoder page to learn about follow on challenges to compete in related competitions.

Review the complete challenge guidelines to see the rules and requirements for entry into the challenge.

Follow the challenge above to be notified of any status updates to the challenge.

Share this challenge on social media using the icons above. Show your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.

Start a conversation in our Forum to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.

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Veterans Online Memorial Challenge Winner Announcement

Dec. 20, 2017, 9 a.m. PST by Paul Musille

We are proud to announce the winners in the $10,000 Veterans Online Memorial Challenge

By the submission deadline, there were 46 entries to the challenge. And after careful review by the evaluation panel the award recipients are as follows:

 

Grand Prize winner ($5,000 USD each)

Kyle Barney’s entry (USA) - A History for Every Veteran - Combining federal veteran records with genealogical/family history materials to produce an individualized history of each American veteran.

 

Finalists ($1,000 USD each)

Amit Solanki’s entry (USA)- Remember the heroes - missed but not forgotten - Web and mobile app that will allows user to use location and camera to quickly search veteran profile and interact with it and api platform.

 

Arwin Abaigar’s entry (Philippines)- In memoriam: the Veterans - Celebrating the life of our resting veterans by using a state of the art way of remembering them.

 

Bright Chidzumeni‘s entry (Malawi) - A RESPONSIVE AND INTERACTIVE MEMORIAL PLATFORM - Creation of a platform that has two kinds of users with different user tools; the ones related to the veterans and the public.

 

Moh Benyoucef‘s entry (France)- Memorial Portal - My concept is an open platform. It allows the communication with mobile applications, social networks and virtual immersions.

 

Richard Balauro‘s entry (Philippines)- Valiant - An interactive online platform with partnership with lifograph to Honor fallen heroes

 

Next Steps

The Veterans Online Memorial Challenge on HeroX is just the beginning of a series of challenges to build a Veterans Online Memorial.  These challenges will be held on the Topcoder platform and you can follow along and compete here.  The ideas entered here provide a great base of ideas and features that might be considered for inclusion in the final Online Memorial!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the innovators who entered the challenge. While only the innovators listed above are receiving the prizes, there were so many other insightful solutions, we are confident that many of the innovators in this challenge will do great things in the future in. Thank you all for helping make this challenge a success and hope you will join us in the future Topcoder Challenges!

 


URGENT - Deadline today!

Nov. 30, 2017, 6 a.m. PST by Paul Musille

That's right, the Veterans Online Memorial Challenge will be closing today Thursday - Nov. 30, 2017 at exactly 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Please be sure to complete your submission form well before the exact cut-off time.

At exactly 5 pm EST, we can no longer accept new submissions!

Comment directly on this update with any questions about the submission process and we'll get back to you right away!

Best of luck, and thanks for participating!


Two Day Warning

Nov. 28, 2017, 9 a.m. PST by Paul Musille

This is your official two-day reminder!

That's right, the Veterans Online Memorial Challenge will be closing this coming Thursday - Nov. 30, 2017 at exactly 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Please be sure to complete your submission form well before the exact cut-off time.

At exactly 5 pm EST, we can no longer accept new submissions!

Got questions?

Now is the time to speak up! Comment directly on this update with any questions about the submission process and we'll get back to you right away!


Three Days Left to Submit (TIPS)

Nov. 27, 2017, 9 a.m. PST by Paul Musille

We are quickly approaching the final days open for submission to the Veterans Online Memorial Challenge. The deadline is Nov. 30, 2017, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (New York/USA.)

Here are couple of last-minute tips for a smooth entry process:

  1. Begin your submission process several days before the cutoff time. This allows you to ensure everything you have been working on can be seamlessly integrated into the form.
  2. Your submission will not be reviewed until you click the orange "Submit Entry" button at the top of the final review page. Please remember to do this!
  3. Review the Challenge Guidelines to ensure your submission is complete. Pay particular attention to the judging criteria which will be the scorecard used to evaluate your entry.
  4. Have any questions? Head over to the challenge forum and we would love to help you out.

Thanks so much, and good luck to all!


8 Days Left to Submit

Nov. 22, 2017, 12:49 p.m. PST by Paul Musille

There's just over one week left to submit your solution to the Veterans Online Memorial Challenge.

You're so close. You can do this!  

Remember, the final submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2017, 5 p.m. EST. No submissions recieved after this time will be accepted, so make sure to get yours in as soon as possible. Any last-minute questions or concerns can go right in the comments section of this update.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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