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In this phase you will begin to think through the problem you’re trying to solve, estimate the necessary resources and partnerships and determine if a challenge is the appropriate tool for addressing your goals. This process will help you identify the goals and desired outcomes of your efforts and lead you to the most impactful result.

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3.1 Execute the Communications Plan

Now is the time to put your communications plan into action. Consult the resources in this step to execute your plan with plenty of lead time.

3.2 Accept Solutions

The process of receiving solutions from your solvers will vary from challenge to challenge but should be specified in the challenge rules. Submissions may range from paper proposals or videos, to computer code or actual hardware.

3.3 Manage the Judging Process and Select Winners

The evaluation and judging process is the basis for selecting the winners of your challenge.  Evaluation and judging can be done in many ways, including in person, by phone or via webinar, but the resources in this step can help you manage the process you’ve put in place.

3.4 Verify Winners

Once the judging is complete, the winners can be selected consistent with criteria established in earlier phases. Whether winners are selected by an individual or committee, it is important to thoroughly document the decisions made in this step.