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Nesta

Innovation Type: Idea Contest

Challenge

Nesta UK was determined to reduce carbon emissions in households and small businesses. Nesta organised an idea competition to find the best ideas in Europe. Through the use of data, participants presented their ideas in the form of a new product, technology or service.

Implementation

Nesta used WE THINQ to create The Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize; an online platform to reach minds across Europe. We customized the platform to meet the needs of the challenge. This included an evaluation tool to assess the ideas through different criteria from a range of experts.

Impact

With WE THINQ, it was possible for Nesta to collect new ideas from across Europe. The Nesta team was able to analyse solutions and give feedback for improvement to participants. Nesta chose their favourite ideas and is now working to bring those great ideas alive. Read the interview with Nesta here.

"The WE THINQ platform can be adapted to your challenge, for a great price, in a sensible timeframe with beautiful results. The back end is simple and easy to maintain throughout different stages of a competition. The WE THINQ team listens to the customer’s needs and works fast to achieve results"

Jennifer Clayton – Nesta

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Innovation Type: Policy Feedback

Challenge

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) wanted to find a creative way to develop a new policy for their Networks sector. Workshops and conferences take a lot of time and money to organise, and GIZ needed a solution that was simple and effective. A sense of ownership and engagement from participants was an important part of the solution.

Implementation

An open policy draft was uploaded to the WE THINQ app for co-workers to review, comment on, give feedback, and add their own ideas. During the process, which lasted for several weeks, various draft proposals were discussed. The final draft was the result of the collaboration between co-workers from different sectors.

Impact

Through WE THINQ, GIZ was able to reach employees and give them a chance to express their ideas from anywhere at anytime. Over 200 employees participated in the process.

"With WE THINQ we were able to conduct difficult discussion processes between all the parties concerned efficiently. All participants were involved from the beginning and in a short time we achieved a common result."

David Abeler - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund e.V.

Innovation Type: Citizen Engagement

Challenge

The German Association of Towns and Municipalities wanted to improve citizen engagement in their urban development projects. They had not used an online tool before, and wanted to see if using an app like WE THINQ could help them engage with more community members.

Implementation

The WE THINQ team helped to implement the app in the municipality of Usingen. We worked with the city of Usingen to set up the WE THINQ app and make sure they were comfortable using the software. We customized the app by adding a mapping feature to see ideas in the context of location. At the end the municipality achieved high engagement with their citizens and recieved excellent feedback!

Impact

During the three-month-process, helpful and constructive dialogue between citizens proved the project a success. The dialogue involved 60 ideas, 500 comments and 400 participants (4% of the population). Clear points for intervention and implementation were identified to act on. Read the interview with one of the organizers. Read the interview with one of the organizers.

"The 'We Shape Usingen' project has demonstrated that the underlying WE THINQ software is very well suited to on-line municipal participatory projects. Our experience with WE THINQ was consistently positive."

Alexander Handschuh
Project Manager of the Innovators Club of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities

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