If you have a competition-oriented business or just want to do something extra when launching Wide Ideas in your organisation an innovation competition is a good concept.
An innovation competition is usually based on a theme with a number of different challenges. It can be a broad question but also very specific. Note! It is important that all users you want to involve are familiar with the challenge.
Timeframe: An innovation competition is running for a limited time; it can be from days to weeks.
Launch the competition: Use your creativity! Where and when are your employees as most susceptible to new information? Can you print a poster with information about the competition and QR-code to access the competition digital? Can you print flyers to the table in the cafeteria? Can you create a channel in Teams? Do you use internal newsletters or intranet? Find the places where your employees are, both digitally and physically. The information shall consist of a description of the challenge, how to participate, timeframe and why the employees shall participate – what’s in it for me?
During the competition: It is important that you under the competition work with engagement, communication and reminders to the employees, both digitally and physically. Can you highlight the idea for the day? Who are the most engaged employees? Which department have published most ideas?
End the competition: When it comes time to end the competition it can be valuable to start a countdown to engage the employees and create a “hype”. When the competition actually ends, be quick with a “Thank you for your participated-message” to all contributors.
Review ideas - Screening jury: When the competition is over, it’s time to start review all published ideas. We suggest that you involve a screening jury who is commissioned to read all ideas that have been published and select a number of ideas that advance to a semi-final. About 10% of the published ideas should qualifying for semi-final.
Semi-final: In the semi-final you need to review the ideas little deeper. We suggest that you create a new jury with people that have special knowledge within the subject matter. We also suggest that the jury use the spindle diagram in Wide Ideas to make sure that all ideas will be reviewed from the same perspective. When all ideas have been reviewed, you can easily sort the ideas to see which ideas have received the highest rating in the semi-final. The 5-10 ideas with the highest rating should move forward to the final.
Final: You can arrange the Final in many different ways depending on your conditions and your organisation. A successful way is to invite to a “Dragons Den” where the finalist will present their ideas on stage in front of a Dragons Den (a final jury)”. The Jury will select a winner.
Winning prize: The winning prize does not have to be (or should be) something like money or things. The prices that have been most appreciated among our customers have been a visit to the HK / development unit where they have participated in the implementation phase of their idea as well as study visits or training.
It is a great opportunity for you as an organisation to control that the price becomes something that also can deliver value back in the organization.