Ideavibes Announces Results of San Francisco Crowdsourcing Initiative

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Ideavibes uses its Crowd Engagement Platform and social media to crowdsource ideas to improve affordable housing and transportation in the city.

We launched this campaign to showcase how innovation can come from the crowd and used our Crowd Engagement Platform to make this happen.

Ideavibes today announced the results from its crowdsourcing / citizen engagement campaign held last month at Two ideas from two distinct categories were selected based on the hightest number of votes. Authors of the winning ideas each receive the first Ideavibes Prize Award of US$125.

“The Ideavibes prize is an open innovation call to action akin to the X-Prize,” said Paul Dombowsky, founder and CEO of Ideavibes. “This campaign showcases how innovation can come from the crowd and we used our Crowd Engagement Platform to make this happen. The focus was on two hotbutton issues in San Francisco as the city prepares for the upcoming elections: transportation and affordable housing.”

The winning idea in the Transit category, by savvy student Cody H., is “free transit passes for students to develop a new generation of transit-friendly citizens.” Other popular ideas included longer BART hours and making it easier for cyclists to commute to work with facilities for storage, showers, etc. In the Affordable Housing category, the winning idea, submitted by Sharir E., was to “create mixed market and subsidized, and live/work housing in the same developments to build safer and more diverse communities.” The next popular idea was to “rehabilitate abandoned and run-down city properties into mixed affordable and market housing.”

During the two week campaign, 2,400 visitors to submitted ideas, voted, commented, and shared their ideas through platform hosted social media tools, Twitter and Facebook. More than 85 per cent of participants’ ideas flowed through these tools (45 per cent through Twitter) - showing how important they are in citizen engagement campaigns.

“By partnering with local Communications firm SunlightPR and Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, we managed to tap into a large and active Twitter following to get the word out” says Dombowsky.

The ideas with the most votes in each category were presented to San Francisco Mayor Lee and all the mayoral candidates today as well as the local media. Detailed results of the campaign can be found at

Campaign Backstory
Ideavibes hopes the City of San Francisco takes these ideas and refines them further through deeper crowdsourcing. Perhaps it could crowdsource development ideas for abandoned city lots by involving land developers and community planners? Or maybe city planners could crowdsource marketing campaigns to improve transit use?

“The key to any crowdsourcing or citizen engagement initiative that is undertaken by governments, communities or enterprises brands,” according to Dombowsky, “is to follow through with action plans – even if more consultations are required to refine the ideas. Unfortuntely, results of many online and offline community research exercises are swept under the carpet, thinking no one will notice. In 2011, with more than 47 blogs, in the City of San Francisco, focus on civic issues. People are engaged like never before and are asking tough questions of their elected officials. Open innovation and citizen engagement is here – and growing.”

Listen to an interview with Adriel Hampton and Allison Hornery from Gov2.0 Radio on the results:

About Ideavibes
The Ideavibes Crowd Engagement Platform™ enables organizations to create crowdsourcing and crowdfunding campaigns that use the power of social media and tapping into the wisdom of crowd to strengthen relationships through engagement and participation. It’s about starting innovative projects, building better products, setting new directions and being more crowd- or community-focused, funding worthy initiatives and sparking social change. For more information about Ideavibes, please visit

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