What is a Spark?
It all starts with a Spark! A Spark is when you ask the question - Why
hasn’t someone created a technology or product that helps with this specific
challenge? A Spark might directly improve your life or the lives of people
you care about. It might even improve our world.
Make it happen - Spark a challenge and invite others to help design &
sponsor a competition. Then watch as innovators compete to make your Spark
How to create a great Spark?
- a specific technology need.
Inspire the public & media
- with an authentic story of how the technology will benefit you or the
- a technology competition.
- technology Goals (not subjective)
- technology Goals (not too easy, but difficult challenges should be
broken down into Achievable outcomes).
- technology Goals (inspire people to care about the technology)
- has been done before to determine if a relevant product is already
Produce Fun & Creative competitions.
What makes a Title stand out?
Titles are short, non-technical, intriguing, memorable, & media friendly.
Something a stranger at a grocery store would easily understand.
How to write the best Description?
Descriptions are short. If you had less than 7 seconds to describe the
Spark to a TV reporter, what few words would you use to captivate the
What inspired you to Spark this Challenge?
Inspirations are an important beginning to the challenge story. What
person, place, or event inspired you? How did it change your perspective?
Be concise & get permission if you use names.
Why is this Challenge important to you?
Briefly describe why the technology is important to you, in simple language
that others can relate to. Tell your authentic story of how this technology
will benefit you or the lives of others. This is a short call to action
that rallies other Members around the Challenge.
Tags are used to quickly identify key words & common topics across
How to add supporting Images?
Choose pictures that are engaging & possibly tell the story of the
Challenge. Select a quality that will show well on the site (without too
large of a file size). Click the “Choose Files” button, find your photo &
select it. Do not use pictures of existing products or images that might
bias the technology outcomes. Do not use copyrighted material without
Pictures must be consistent with HG community values.
Select industries that are affiliated with the technology challenge. Choose
as many as you wish. Innovation may originate from one of the selected
industries, but it may also come from someone outside these industries.