Open Repositories’ Ideas Challenge: solving real life problems Building Trust Together.

About Ideas Challenges

Ideas Challenges is a unique way to engage with conference attendees and come up with ways to improve or address problems. Conference attendees can join a team to address a topic from a previous Open Repositories, or they can create or join a team that addresses new topics.

How to participate

  1. At the conference, create or join a team. Stop by the Ideas Challenges room (ACAD-2500) between 3:00pm-3:30pm MDT on Tuesday June 7 or find one of the Ideas Challenges co-chairs during lunch to get a badge to indicate you are looking for a team or have an idea. Wear your badge to the reception on Tuesday to let others know you’re looking for a team.
  2. Find time with your team to choose a problem to solve. Use the shared Ideas Challenges Brainstorming document. to post your project and team. 
  3. Working with your team, put together a few slides, a mockup, wireframes, or even a prototype – the possibilities are endless! Room ACAD-2500 is reserved all day Wednesday June 8 as a space for Ideas Challenges teams to use to meet and work.
  4. On the final day of the conference – Thursday 9th June 2022, there will be an Ideas Challenge Presentation where your team can present your solution to the audience. Presentations can be up to 5 minutes. During this time the judges will score your presentations and decide the winners. The winners will be announced as part of the Closing Ceremony.

Submitting your ideas and creating your team

If you’d like to participate in the challenge, you can submit your ideas or contribute to an existing idea on the Ideas Challenges Brainstorming document.

Ideas Challenge Rules

Teams must:

  • Include 2-5 participants – give yourself an interesting name!
  • Participants cannot be on more than one team
  • The majority of team-members must be present at OR 2022
  • Only one entry (or presentation) per team


Presentations should include the following information:

  • The names of your team members and their institutions
  • What problem the team is trying to solve
  • How the team proposes solving the problem


Teams are encouraged to flesh out their ideas as much as possible; bonus points will be awarded for more fully fleshed out presentations (i.e. Fully Functional Prototype, Clickable Demo, Workflow, Wireframe, or Mockup).


Presentations must be submitted by 9:00 am MDT on Thursday 9 June 2022 using this online entry form.

Scoring and Prizes

Ideas will be presented in the Ideas Challenge session from 10:00 to 10:45 am MDT on Thursday 9 June 2022.  Submissions will be scored by a selected jury via the following criteria:

  • Realism and Sustainability
  • Problem Impact
  • Team Composition
  • Presentation
  • Demonstration (Bonus Points)
  • The full score sheet can be found here: OR2022 Ideas Challenge Score Sheet.


Winners will be announced at the closing plenary session following the Ideas Challenge Session and awarded small prizes – you need to be present at the closing plenary session to receive your prize.


For inquiries, please get in touch with the Ideas Challenge Co-Chairs. Email us or find us throughout the conference


Emily Bongiovanni

Psychology and Social & Decision Sciences Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University


Michele Mennielli

Senior Global Strategist, LYRASIS