What makes a good challenge?

[Discussion is part of the challenge curating team but open to everyone else as well of course.]

Hi, we should discuss and come up with a good list of points on “What makes a good” challenge. This can help to have a transparent curating process and also give potential challengers a good hind, what might be a good challenge. I’ll start. Please add you ideas below:

##A good Challenge:

  • Has something to do with Open Source & Circular Economy. Or the team/project is only part of one world but the challenge is about becoming part of both worlds.

  • Please add ideas …


[Quote:] A challenge is a problem, a project or a task that people can work on during the OSCEdays. A challenger could by anyone, a company, a research institute, a NGO or just a private person. As long as it is a real problem, project or idea with someone behind it who is really motivated to work on it during the OSCEdays and maybe also later on. The Participation Guide has also some examples for challenges. And take a look at the “Types of Challenges” topic to get some ideas of how challenges could be structured or framed.


Should it be a condition that a challenge is interdiciplinary?
(asked by Caroline in the Meeting 1)

Hi, from the discussions we had at Meeting 1 i created a text and form to post and apply for challenges and published it. I post you a copy of it here so we can discuss it and add or delete things if necessary.


###Call for Challenges for the OSCEdays Berlin

(deutsche Version verfügbar)

The Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays) is a global event on Open Source for a zero waste Circular Economy. This is the call for challenges and challengers for the local event in Berlin from June 11 to 15.

##Propose a Challenge

During the OSCEdays diverse and interdiciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, makers, businesswoman & -man, artists, students, environmentalists and grassroots activists will work together locally and globally on diverse challenges exploring the possibilities of an Open Source Circular Economy. And we are open to your challenge-proposal!

##-> Submit Your Challenge

##What is a challenge?
A challenge is a task, a project, a problem or just an idea or question. Something people can work on together for some time to find or build new possibilities or push existing ones further.

###What makes a good challenge for the OSCEdays Berlin?
During the OSCEdays we want to work openly on challenges from the fields of circular economy, waste management, environmental or resource protection, open source and general sustainability.

What is a good fit for the OSCEdays event in Berlin and how to frame a challenge? A view hinds:

  • THE SUBJECT: The OSCEdays are about Open Source & Circular Economy. The challenge should be part of at least one of these two worlds and be willing to expand also to the other. Openness is key! If you have a circular economy project, problem or idea - share and discuss it openly. If you have an open source project - explore how it could become more circular.

  • THE SOURCE: The origin/background of the challenge could be anything from just an idea to a students project to a real and serious industry, waste management, design or logistics problem.

  • METHODOLOGY: How to design the challenge? There are several possibilities like a simple brainstorming or discussion (to create ideas or also fully fledged plans or documents), a real prototyping session for hardware or software or something else, implementation days (take an existing solution and apply it), a documentation jam (open source an existing solution or case) or more playful things like art or a trip or … :slight_smile:?

  • CLARITY: If you like to engage collaborators your challenge should be possible to understand for people from other fields. The OSCEdays aim to bring together experts and enthusiasts from different fields and create interdisciplinary exchange. So get prepared and ready to teach people, introduce them, show them what you do, explain problems you face and underlying connections. Allow them to give you valuable feedback and to help you to gain fresh perspectives. Try to pick and frame your challenge for this. Or…


  • PROFESSIONALISM: But Open Source does not mean to break down everything to be understood by non-professionals. Highly professional tasks or projects are welcome as well. But if you come to work on a very specialized problem from a very specialized area, don’t expect that there is someone at the venue with your level of expertise able to help you with your problem. But come anyway! A challenge doesn’t necessarily mean that you include others in the process. Just sit down and work on it. As long as you are open about it and willing to share (maybe a documentation jam) and explain it to people you are very welcome. Let Openness do its magic! People might find a way to help you to push your project.

In general: We are about open source. So we will prefer challenges that will be documented and produce an open and shareable outcome. You challenge and project will be seen by many creative people across the globe.

Interested? Please:

##-> Submit Your Challenge

If you have questions about challenges take a look around in the forum. If you can’t find an answer, post your question in this thread.

If you don’t want to present a challenge you can join the OSCEdays Berlin also as a participant.

LINKS: OSCEdays global Website | OSCEdays Berlin Website | OSCEdays Berlin Category

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