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What is a challenge?

Synapse Challenges begin with an identified problem and utilizes crowdsourcing to find solutions.

This new way of doing things – crowdsourcing – is challenging business models and workings of organizations across the board, offering an immense opportunity to rethink and reinvent conventional processes. Not only are potential solutions uncovered, but so are talented, forward-thinking businesses and people.

Solutions come from a variety of talented, creative innovators who are inspired to accept the challenge, whether it’s a hackathon, student pitch competition, or corporate contest.

What are the benefits of hosting a Synapse Challenge?

Faster than traditional R&D

Faster than traditional R&D

Imagine that in an average of 6-8 weeks you can uncover dozens of potential solutions for your problem. You have the benefit of harnessing talent across the community who can bring fresh, outside the box ideas.

Multiple solutions to choose from

Multiple solutions to choose from

Rather than focusing on a single approach, Synapse Challenges provide you with a variety of solutions for a single problem. You may find a single winner or several whose approaches can be combined to meet your needs.

Branding Your Company as Innovative

Branding Your Company as Innovative

Challenges give visibility to your business, building brand awareness and branding you as innovative and creative, and accessible to the community.

Talent Pipeline

Talent Pipeline

Challenges are a unique path for you to develop talent, find potential new business partners and new hires.


I have a problem to solve

Define your need. Activate the community. Select your solution. It’s as easy as that.

Challenges can be in any industry or technology from designing a wearable to finding creative ways to use a space or anything else you can imagine.

You decide on the parameters of the challenge. You set the timeline. You set the prize.

Synapse offers a variety of ways for you to present your challenge.

If you’ve already defined your need and the details, you may want a basic DIY approach launched on Synapse Connect.

If you’d like concierge support, Synapse will help you every step of the way from ideation to final selection.

Ready to challenge the Synapse community to solve your problem?


I am a problem-solver

Participating in a Synapse Challenge is a productive way to test your skills or learn new ones, meet other doers and makers in the community and get access to some of the most innovative and exciting companies around – oh, and the prize money is pretty nice, too.

Challenges can test your technical prowess or your creativity. Be thoughtful. Take risks. Think big.

The reward could be thousands in prize money; an unexpected job offer; a chance for your business to land a big contract.

It’s happened before. It could happen for you.

If you’re up for the challenge check out and register for active challenges on Synapse Connect.

Ready to challenge the Synapse community to solve your problem?
Contact us to get started.