Are you intrigued by what we do at HeroX? Do you want to share your thoughts about crowdsourcing or open innovation in general? At HeroX, we connect you to the global community of crowdsourcing opportunities. We host and aggregate challenges from around the world at our platform. We’re looking for talented, fearless, and curious writers to join our Writers’ Bench.
The HeroX Writers’ Bench is a core group of writers that contributes content to our blog and other relevant content to both HeroX.com and our partner sites. The HeroX community is diverse in every sense of the word: our crowd comes from every corner of the globe, all stages of life - from student to retiree, and with expertise from every discipline and industrial sector imaginable.
We want our blog and other content to reflect that richness and to bring forth different perspectives on crowdsourcing and related topics, while at the same time speaking from a voice that echoes the HeroX Core Values. Among other things, we believe in constant learning and growth, in having the courage of our convictions, and in staying positive.
In this challenge, we will award a total prize purse of $2500 to participants who offer a diverse perspective and a distinctive voice. Winners will be asked to write blog entries on topics selected from the provided list. In addition to receiving a prize and having their blog posted at HeroX, winners will have the opportunity to join the HeroX Writers Bench as a regular, paid Contributor to the HeroX blog.
HeroX is a nexus where curious and inventive people come to solve problems. People in our community might be just around the corner, or all around the globe. At any given moment, our platform hosts dozens of challenges on topics ranging from space exploration to healthcare to finance. We want to increase the engagement levels of our users by offering regular new content that represents a diversity of views while positioning HeroX as a thought leader. The Writers’ Bench Challenge helps us bring in new, distinct voices to create a body of content that is reflective of our community: diverse, creative, and always interesting. Ultimately, we want the Writers’ Bench to create content that educates, inspires and brings the crowd together.
The goals of the Writers’ Bench are several-fold:
Becoming a member of the Writers’ Bench offers you more than just payment for your writing. You will have the opportunity to share your views with a global audience and to establish yourself as a thought-leader in the innovation space. Additional opportunities to work more deeply with the HeroX team may also arise.
To be successful in this challenge you don’t have to be an expert in crowdsourcing, but you do have to have good writing skills and an opinion to share. Experience in crowdsourcing, open innovation, or technology scouting is certainly helpful, but really we are looking for contributors that will:
Submissions to this challenge will be reviewed for writing quality, writing style, and alignment with the HeroX core values. This initial Phase 1 submission serves as an introduction to you and your writing. Please review the Judging Criteria below to understand more fully what we’re looking for and the relative importance of the different criteria. The writers with the most compelling introductions and writing examples will be invited to advance to Phase 2. The Phase 1 submission form requires participants to select a writing assignment topic from the list below. Should you advance to Phase 2, you will be asked to complete a writing assignment based on your selected topic. Note that topic selection has no effect on the evaluation of your submission.
List of possible topics:
Phase 2 participants are the winners of Phase 1. They will have approximately a week to complete the writing assignment below, which will be based upon the topics selected in their Phase 1 submissions. Upon review of the completed writing assignments, the judging panel will announce the two winners and the two runners up. The winners will receive $1000 (1st place), $750 (2nd place), $500 (3rd place) and the runner-up will receive $250. The writing assignment will consist of the following components:
The blogs must each incorporate 5-8 SEO keywords (which will be provided by HeroX) and follow this format:
After editorial review, all 4 winning participants will have their blog entries posted at HeroX.com. Additionally, some, none, or all winners will be asked to join the Writers’ Bench, which, if accepted, guarantees a minimum of 10 pieces of content per year at a rate to be mutually agreed upon.
There is a total prize purse of $2500. Up to four Phase 1 submissions will be selected as Phase 1 winners, and those winners will participate in Phase 2. The winners will receive $1000 (1st place), $750 (2nd place), $500 (3rd place) and the runner-up will receive $250. All prize winners will have their content posted at HeroX (subject to editorial review) and may have the opportunity to work regularly with HeroX as a member of the Writers’ Bench.
|Phase 1: Open to Submissions||June 23, 2020|
|Phase 1: Submission Deadline||August 5, 2020 @ 5pm ET|
|Phase 1: Judging||August 5-26, 2020|
|Phase 1: Winners Announced||August 26, 2020|
|Phase 2: Writing Period||August 26 - September 4, 2020|
|Phase 2: Judging||September 4-28, 2020|
|Winners and Runner-Up Announced||September 28, 2020|
Phase 1 Criteria
Phase 1 submissions will be evaluated by the HeroX Evaluation Panel, using the rubric below.
|Writing - mechanics||Writing meets common standards for grammar, punctuation, and style. Writing is accessible and at 10th grade reading level.||15|
|Writing - content||Writing displays a unique voice that is competent, evocative, elegant, and inspired. Likelihood that the author will be able to contribute blog posts that speak with authority and a point of view.||40|
|Writing examples||Examples demonstrate integrity, pride in work, and a distinct point of view||35|
|Alignment with HeroX core values||Demonstrates ability to collaborate effectively, accountability, positive attitude, and other traits reflective of HeroX core values||10|
Phase 2 Criteria
Writing assignments will be evaluated by the HeroX Evaluation Panel, using the rubric below.
|Writing: Mechanics and content||Writing meets common standards for grammar, punctuation, and style. Writing is accessible and at 10th grade reading level. Writing is competent, evocative, and inspired.|
|Style and Creativity||Writing demonstrates complete story telling, a clear point of view, and commitment to one’s convictions. SEOs are incorporated gracefully. Calls to action take into account management of the HeroX community and possible next steps.|
|Understanding of social media||Authors demonstrate an understanding of the differences between the different social channels, their purposes, and impacts through social post constructions that are targeted, creative. and thoughtful.|
|Supporting imagery||Demonstration of creativity and understanding of multi-media through selection of appropriate supporting imagery.|
|Ambassador quotient||Is the writing fun to read? Is it a good ambassador for HeroX and is it consistent with HeroX core values?|
The challenge is open to anyone age 18, or older. Submissions must be made in English. All challenge-related communication will be in English.
No specific qualifications or expertise in the field of crowdsourcing or open innovation is required. Prize organizers encourage outside individuals to compete and present new viewpoints.
To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Registration and Submissions:
Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before August 5, 2020, by 5pm ET. No late submissions will be accepted.
Intellectual Property Rights:
Innovators who are awarded a prize for their submission must agree to grant HeroX a royalty free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, world-wide license in all Intellectual Property demonstrated by the winning/awarded submissions. See the Challenge-Specific Agreement for complete details.
Selection of Winners:
Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the weighted Judging Criteria section above.
The determination of the winners will be made by a HeroX Evaluation Panel. The panel will consist of HeroX team members and other members of the Writers’ Bench.