Capabilities:Web Design & Development
While many conservation initiatives only talk about problems, the purpose of Solution Search is to find ways to solve challenges and make them available to everyone around the world. We worked with Rare, one of the premier conservation nonprofit organizations in the world, to reimagine and recreate their Solution Search website. This global competition allows entrants to submit their solutions to environmental challenges and compete for prizes to fund their efforts. All of the entrants' solutions are featured on the site, and 10 finalists are given special prominence.
Solution Search is a global competition that uses an innovative approach to solicit the best solutions to environmental challenges. In a series of competitions over the last several years, the Solution Search contest has produced hundreds of great ideas and rewarded its winners with several types of support, including monetary awards. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the competition needed to improve its user experience and make it easier for a global, sometimes non-technical audience to participate more easily.
The website was created in Drupal, using a responsive framework. We took care to design a site that was lightweight enough to be mobile friendly around the world, and still visually appealing and easy to use. The competition system we created handles multiple concurrent contests, allows voting via SMS, and plots each entrant on a global map.
In addition to being effective in allowing users from around the world to enter the competition, the Solution Search website is simple for non-technical administrators to run and manage the contests. With a simple action, a contest progresses from one phase to the next, highlighting the relevant features and content for that phase of the competition. From the initial call for entries to the public voting phase, to final judging by a panel of industry experts and ultimately to the finalist announcement, the website provides a seamless experience for both visitor and admin.