Solverboard – a step-by-step guide
At its heart, Solverboard is based on a simple concept – organisations set challenges for people to solve. But it’s also much more than that: we know that not everyone wants or is able to submit solutions and set challenges right now.
So Solverboard is also a community of people interested in innovation, whether from a professional or a personal standpoint. There’s a huge amount on offer here – and we’re adding to it all the time.
There are three main ways to use Solverboard:
- Joining the community
- Solving and Challenging
1. Why not explore?
The Solverboard platform is open to all – there’s no need to tell us who you are to have a good look round. Watch our home page video for insight into why we think open innovation needs to be a mainstream business practice, for example. We would also suggest reading the How It Works page for the detail on our approach – there’s a great animation as well as the more standard written details – and our Help section includes FAQs and other useful information.
You can see all the challenges currently set on Solverboard, with details on the rewards offered, and the comments posted by people interested in solving them. You might find a challenge that’s right up your street!
So far, so good – but did you also know that there is a Solverboard Academy, in partnership with Blue Green Learning? This is where we offer training and support for you and your organisation to develop innovation and creativity skills, so make sure you have a good look around. And don’t forget our blog – you’ve found this post, so do check out the others for some of great content around Open Innovation, from us and other key people making waves in the area.
An aspect of Solverboard you might have missed is our referral programme, which offers rewards for telling your network about us – to enjoy those benefits, however, you’ll have to….
2. …join the community
Joining Solverboard is FREE and comes with no strings attached – and we’ve made it really easy by offering LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter authentication.
By becoming part of the community, you can discuss Challenges with other members in the comments sections, and if organisations opt for Open Assessments, you can have your say about the solutions submitted by solvers (we’re putting together more detail about Open Assessments as we speak, watch this space!). Open Innovation is all about tapping into skills, knowledge and expertise from outside organisations to solve problems, and we know you’ll have something really valuable to offer.
By joining, you can also refer other members to the community – and there are rewards available. If someone you referred posts a Challenge on Solverboard, of if they submit a solution and win, you could earn up to £250. We’ll also be running quarterly prize draws and spot prizes for people who refer others into our network so watch this space.
Registering also means that you can choose to be kept up to date with new content on Solverboard via email, so you’ll never miss a Challenge.
Even if you never submit a solution or post a Challenge, we’d love to welcome you to the Solverboard community: the more people join, the more we can all promote and drive innovation.
If you do want to get more involved, however, we’re going to talk about setting and solving Challenges in a bit more detail in another post this month.