The payment of the prize value is the responsibility of you, the sponsor, to pay out at the time of your winner announcement. We recommend having the prize money ready prior to launch in a non-interest bearing account for quick and easy payment.
You can also elect to have HeroX hold the prize money and pay it out on your behalf. Contact us if you're interested in learning more!
When you create your crowdsourcing project, you get to decide the award that will inspire innovators to solve the problem.
For a small problem, maybe $1,000 will be all it takes to inspire someone to solve it. A world changing breakthrough in renewable energy or medicine, the prize may be in the millions. You may also elect non-monetary based incentives such as opportunities or experiences, trips, coaching or credits.
HeroX also has crowdsourcing design services that can help you with this step. Submit our Contact Us form and we'll be happy to tell you more.
All the great crowdsourcing projects started with a breakthrough that someone wanted to see in the world: transatlantic flights, safe methods for preserving food, or a private space industry.
If you know the breakthrough you want to achieve, you can use our platform right now and get started. Build the whole project right on HeroX, engage the community and even start crowdfunding if you want.
If you’re inspired by the concept of a crowdsourcing project, but you’re not sure where to start, can help with the design, marketing and administration of it.
Crowdsourcing has inspired breakthroughs in all areas of society and technology: the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic, the first clock that sailors could use to know their location, a faster way to clean up oil spills.
But smaller breakthroughs are important too. Maybe you need a better algorithm, or know of a problem that needs fixing in your local area.
If you can see a problem, or can imagine how the world could be a better place, you should create a project on HeroX.
No idea is too small, and no idea is too big!
Absolutely. We’re the trusted platform for some of the world’s largest companies and organizations who have successfully run incentive challenges. Organizations like the NASA Tournament Lab, The Rockefeller Foundation, Forbes and even XPRIZE themselves!
A HeroX project is the perfect way for a company to create a breakthrough in innovation or crowdsource positive social impact.
Crowdsourcing provides a powerful new way to do research or solve a problem in their industry. Instead of relying on an internal research team, you open it up to the whole world.
And here's the best part, you only pay out the award when the breakthrough has been achieved. You only pay for success.
would be glad to help you figure out how crowdsourcing would make a powerful addition to your company's innovation.
The best time of year to launch a project is between September and early May. In general, we've found it difficult to launch challenges in the middle of summer when most people take vacations.
As for what day of the week, we recommend Tuesday through Thursday. Launching over the weekend, or on a Friday or Monday, may not get the exposure a middle of the week launch would receive.
You decide what breakthrough needs to be accomplished to solve your problem and determine a winner.
You choose the judges and the submission criteria. Do people need to create a prototype of the solution? Present the best algorithm? You can also let the crowd decide, with public voting.
Our custom judging interface allows you to assign judges, oversee the scores, and choose the final winner. You have all the control.
You create the project or competition, but an innovator will create the breakthrough. Who owns the new solution, prototype, or algorithm?
You decide when you create your HeroX page. We offer 4 different types of intellectual property agreements, depending on what you want to achieve.
Whatever works best to create the breakthrough you want to achieve!
If you don’t know what kind of project or competition to create, let the crowd decide. Create an “Ideation" project, where you award a small prize to the best idea to crowdsource a solution to.
Let the crowd compete to offer up the best ideas, and you can even let the crowd vote on their favorite solution.
Then select the solution that matches the innovation that you want to bring into the world, and turn that into a larger sponsored project.
would be happy to help brainstorm some ideas to get you started.
Depending on the size and complexity of it, we recommend at least 3 months for your project to run. That’ll give time for everyone to discover it and for innovators to develop their solutions.
We’ve seen smaller projects and competitions run for 6 weeks. For massive breakthroughs, you might want to run it for a year (or sometimes two!)
Thanks to our years of experience, we understand what it takes to create and run a crowdsourcing project. We’ve created a robust platform that can take you from start to finish. From creating your project page, to collecting submissions, evaluating them and announcing your winner(s), it's all done on HeroX!
In addition, you have access to our community of innovators that will work on a solution for you right away.
HeroX is a commercial spinoff from the XPRIZE Foundation. We're the place that anyone, anywhere can create a crowdsourcing project. If you're inspired by the success of the grand XPRIZE challenges, like the Google Lunar XPRIZE, or the Qualcomm Medical Tricorder Prize, HeroX has the platform for you to make your own!
Click the BECOME A HERO button at the top of every page. You can create an account with your email address, or sign in via Facebook, Google+, or Linkedin. It’s totally free to create an account on HeroX!
When you sign up to create an account, check the box that says, "Email me updates from HeroX!”
Click on the Share button at the top of the page to spread the word through social media. Other possibilities: talk about it at parties, strike up a conversation at the bus stop, write it on your t-shirt, make cards and hand ‘em out. You get the idea.
This will delete all of your personal information, however, all of your public posts or comments, and all conversations you’ve had with other HeroX members will remain on the site.
We are committed to crowdsourcing that fuels innovation and that will make a positive difference in people’s lives. We will screen out any projects that have the potential to do the opposite. Email email@example.com with any other inquiries.
We can provide guidance every step of the way, ensuring that your crowdsourcing project is clearly defined and is positioned for maximum impact and exposure.
Those services include advisory input for the following areas:
Design: How to set the right guidelines for crowdsourcing
Marketing and community development planning and implementation: How to attract the right people to your project
Crowdsourcing management and administration planning and implementation: How to administer and operate a project
Other relevant areas that surface throughout the process: We are your partners and looking forward to supporting you
In addition, we offer a la carte professional services in the areas of:
Please reach out to for more information.
Absolutely! There are two ways to do this. The first way is that we empower you to do the work yourself - this means that we give you some fun learning materials that help you to translate your “problem area” into a crowdsourcing project with guidelines and rules. So, that’s cool! You get to learn a new skill. The second option is that we can do the work for you. Yes, it will cost extra. You get the time, attention, and expertise of a Crowdsourcing Designer (that’s our spiffy name for them) who has a keen eye for shaping a problem into a project or competition. Either way, you will end up with something that people are wild to solve!
We don’t select the ideas. You can post anything that you care about. We will pull anything that is harmful or negative, but other than that, we are a platform to support your passions.
A typical project progresses from stage to stage throughout its life:
Preview Mode - When the page is created, it automatically goes into Preview mode. It is hidden which allows the author to finish the work, share with friends and collegues to get feedback, and continue working on the details. When it's ready to be put up on the site, the crowdsouring project is Published.
Funding - Before a project is ready for competition, all funding for a prize must be in place and the submission form (the information collected from the innovators) must be complete. Raising funds, pre-registering users, creating buzz, discussing and updating the project can all happen during this phase. The Timeline should also be set during this phase.
Pre-registration - Before a project is ready to accept submissions, competitors can pre-register for it. This stage can happen along side Funding.
Enter - The project is now ready for the crowd to submit their solutions to the problem. There will continue to b eupdates and discussions during this phase.
Judging - Submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges against the criteria set forth.
Voting - An optional phase where the crowd can vote on submissions to help determine a winner.
Won - The winners are announced and the crowdsourcing project is complete.
Address a problem area where there is an opportunity for change and success can be measured
Define the problem to solve, but not the path to the solution
Have clear, simple rules so innovators understand how to participate
Have a clear finish line so innovators know if and when they’ve achieved a breakthrough or solved the problem
Inspire a new way to think about a problem
Spark imaginations and engage a lot of people in searching for the solution
Address a problem that a lot of people would like to see solved
Be a stepping stone toward solving a larger problem
Target a problem that past solutions haven’t fixed
Excite you while still seeming achievable
Bring new human and financial activity and investment into an otherwise neglected area
It depends. If our team and your team feel you’re ready to design and launch a crowdsourcing project on your own, we provide limited advisory services to launch one on the HeroX platform. However, if the situation lends itself to a more hands-on experience, we have a range of services that we can provide you and your team. Please contact us.
Yes, but there are a few caveats. If you launch your Crowdsourcing Project (and you are the one to set the winning guidelines), the guidelines you set must be hard enough to move the needle on the issue you care about.
To confirm that, they will be vetted by a third party (HeroX or the greater HeroX community). From there, you can compete in your Crowdsourcing Project - and you’ll be competing against anyone else who enters as well.
Launching a crowdsourcing project involves attracting innovators to it. If it means setting up the page on HeroX, that means completing the intro video, the guidelines, FAQ's and anything else that a potential innovator would need to know. It also means that it's a time for getting the word out to the world which can involve various marketing activities including online and offline channels.
It is important to build a crowdsourcing team. Many hands make light work.
That will be up to you and how technical the Crowdsourcing Project is. HeroX and your crowd will support you in refining your goal. This is the most crucial step in the Design process. You want to have a goal that is big enough to challenge and motivate people while keeping it within the parameters of the solvable. Generally, though, it will take you a couple of months to get fully prepared.
It’s up to you. There are several factors to consider, such as the type of project (ideas vs. prototypes), the award, the number of individuals or teams registered, and the degree of difficulty. Generally, challenges will run anywhere between 3 months to a full year (or longer!)
We encourage you to launch crowdsourcing projects that have awards between $50,000 and $1M (or a non-monetary award that has a similar dollar equivalent). In our experience, those are numbers that attract innovators to problems that are solvable within a 6 to 18 month timeframe.
But we also think there could be successful projects for just a few thousand dollars too. The size of the award should match the risk and complexity. Whatever it takes to encourage innovators to compete.
It depends on your crowdsourcing project. Are you looking for a business plan? Or are you looking for a material solution? The amount of resources, materials, and brain power needed all change your award size. Lucky for you, the crowd can help you decide what will work best. These are some of the considerations:
Level of difficulty or expertise needed
Length of project
How much a team might need to spend to achieve the goal
Mininum amount that a team would consider giving up in relation to intellectual property (all vs. only a portion)
If there is no winner, the funds will either be returned to the sponsor (less HeroX’s 10% fee) or the sponsor can choose to put the funds toward another project.
The range is very vast -- there are examples of competitions with only 10-50 participants and some that draw thousands. We can't predict that! However, if the goal is to attract many, than your promotional and outreach plans will need to reflect a strategy to get them.
Your HeroX page provides the ability for people to sign up to receive email updates from your organization on your Crowdsourcing page. You'll be able to download the contact information for all of the people who sign up.
We are constantly designing new tools to empower sponsors and creators to build the communities for their Crowdsourcing Projects. Our product team has already designed many tools with functional input from our clients.
Operating a crowdsourcing project means that you have to run it as a program or a new product launch. It means that someone has to attract innovators, retain innovators, attract judges, ensure that there is no cheating, making sure that innovators know what's going on and what's required of them, organize team summits (if desired), managing the budget, and so on. There are parts of the project that are busier than others. The launch and start of a competition is very busy and is a full time job. During the middle, when innovators are busy working on their solutions, it can be quieter. It then picks up again towards the tail end of the competition when judging and awarding is happening.
Each Crowdsourcing Page will include specifications on participation requirements.
Yes, please do!
Every Crowdsourcing Project will have clearly defined judging or winning criteria at the outset. An objective judging team and process will be put in place.
The judges’ decisions are final.
It will depend on the sponsor or creator, but awards are typically distributed between 30 and 60 days of the announcement of the winner.
Intellectual property rights will vary by Crowdsourcing Project. Please review the legal agreement or guidelines of the project you’re interested in to find out more.
You can withdraw from a Crowdsourcing Project at any time and for whatever reason.
Yes, you can create a Crowdsourcing Project and later compete to win it.
However, the Crowdsourcing Project must:
HeroX is a for-profit spin off of the XPRIZE Foundation. It’s a platform that allows anyone to launch a Crowdsourcing Project in an area they care about. We are powered by the crowd. It lives at the intersection of crowdfunding, competition and collaboration to drive social innovation. The game we're up to: Creating an innovation platform to fund unsolved problems.
HeroX uses a crowdsourcing platform to solve problems through customized projects or competitions. There are 5 steps:
Problem declared: You state a problem
Guidelines written: You set the parameters and metrics for contestants to be measured against (or HeroX can help you to do that, for a fee.)
A team is brought in to administer and manage it. They handle team recruitment, management, judging, testing facilities, etc.
Teams submit their solutions
Judges review proof-of-concept submissions objectively and award a winner.
Crowdsourcing occurs throughout. We use the crowd whenever we can as we believe outside minds build the best solutions.
Our success rate is close to 92%, with just a few sponsors or creators choosing to cancel their Crowdsourcing Projects during operations.
No. We are a for-profit company that focuses on making a positive contribution to our world. HeroX is a Public Benefits Corporation, which is defined as “a for-profit corporation intended to produce a public benefit and operate in a responsible and sustainable manner.”
We are at the forefront of crowdsourcing projects and competitions. HeroX will allow you to use our efficient and effective platform to dramatically lower the cost and time to market of innovation, research & development, and marketing. With our public facing platform and our knowledge of competition-based problem solving from our XPRIZE heritage, we can significantly improve the productivity, transparency, and results of your philanthropic efforts.
We run a completely virtual office with team members currently in Canada, USA and Ukraine.
Today’s world is filled with solutions. Even within the realm of crowdsourcing our brightest minds are focusing on fundraising and presenting their own solutions. What if we reversed this process and let our brightest minds not only solve problems but identify them as well? You come to us with an area you would like to improve and we’ll show you how to take it from there.
With Kickstarter and Indiegogo, someone has a solution but needs funding to help launch it. Although Kickstarter and Indiegogo both use the power of the crowd, they do so in the reverse of what we do. They are a platform for people who already have a solution to a problem (and are looking for money to go out and fund future production of that solution). HeroX is a platform for people who don't have the solution yet, but are willing to put up the money in order to bring the best solutions.