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We're excited to have so many great ideas submitted in the 2016 Conservation Innovation Awards!

Now we have 14 ideas past the voting milestones, but 24 still need to pass before 5pm Friday 14th to be eligible for final judging. We don't want a great idea to get missed because not enough people saw it and voted for it!

Each idea entered has to pass milestones before it is eligible for final judging by our expert panel. To pass the middle milestones, ideas need to win 30 votes from the Conservation Innovation Community.

So folks, we encourage everyone in the WWF Conservation Innovation Community to join in by commenting and voting on these ideas. We want to tap into your knowledge of community conservation and hear what YOU think will work as the next bright new ideas for nature!

And yes, it’s completely achievable to attract 30 votes in 1 day! Recommended read is from 2015 entrant Paul Stanley Ward - How to win votes and influence conservation innovation who said “if we are a community project that couldn’t rustle 30 votes, then it’s not a great starting point for consideration is it?”

About Milestones
The Awards has 4 milestones that ideas must pass:
• submitted
• support
• originality
• refine

An idea needs 30 votes to pass the support and originality milestones.

To pass milestone 4 (refine), idea authors are asked: "You have great support for your idea already - people think it is viable and original. Have you received any comments or seen any other ideas here that have made you think differently about your idea? What could you improve? Who could you collaborate with?"

How to get ideas through to the judging panel
For entrants
1. Read the Application Guidelines to make sure your idea fits with the purpose and criteria of the awards.

2. The judges will be assessing each idea based solely on:
- information submitted online to the Conservation Innovation Awards
- comments on your idea in the Conservation Innovation Hub.

3. Make sure your submission is clear and focused:
- be specific in naming the issue you want to solve
- and how your idea will benefit front-line community conservation.

4. To generate support and pass the voting milestones for your Conservation Innovation Awards idea - a great way to do this is by using social media.
The best way to do this is by using the social media Share function on your entry page, adding the recommended #tag and tagging WWF-New Zealand.
Our recommended #tag is #ConservationInnovation
If you Tweet about your entry, please tag @WWFNewZealand
If you Facebook post about your entry, please tag @wwfnewzealand
(WWF-New Zealand is re-sharing/re-Tweeting posts throughout the Awards)
For more details: Making social media work for your #ConservationInnovation idea

For Community

1. Click here to find out How to comment and vote on ideas

2. Check out ideas

3. If you can see an idea really taking off, give it your vote. The idea needs to be, in your opinion, a viable solution to the stated problem. Is this a problem you have experienced? Can you see this solution working for you? Then give it your vote!

4. Is this idea taking a new approach? Have you seen this somewhere before - or is there a similar idea in this challenge? Use the comments function to find out if the idea authors have done their homework! If you think the idea is truly original - give it your vote!

Let the 24 hour countdown begin!

Social media is a powerful tool that can galvanise public support for conservation action.

To generate support and pass the voting milestones for your Conservation Innovation Awards idea - a great way to do this is by using social media.

The best way to do this is by using the social media Share function on your entry page, adding the recommended #tag and tagging WWF-New Zealand.

Our recommended #tag is #ConservationInnovation

If you Tweet about your entry, please tag @WWFNewZealand

If you Facebook post about your entry, please tag @wwfnewzealand

(WWF-New Zealand will be re-sharing/re-Tweeting posts throughout the Awards)

In case you're new to the world of social media, you might be asking yourself "how can social media help?" To answer, here's a couple of tips...

Why Social Media can work for you?

1. Facebook has 1.49 billion monthly active users & Twitter (284 million).  
2. Direct access to supporters, community & funders.
3. Quick way to directly profile your activities, events & successes.
4. Timely & relevant engagement.
5. Great way to demonstrate public engagement in your project reporting.
6. It can be free!
 
How to write a great post
1. Keep it short, sweet & to the point. 
2. Be Positive
3. Use the power of words
4. Ask questions
5. Use an eye-catching image or film
6. Add links
7. Support/thank/tag funders, project partners, community members
8. Keep variety in your posts
9. Choose the right time
10. Respond
 

Thank you for being part of the WWF Conservation Innovation Community.

Our third annual Conservation Innovation Awards are well underway with eleven great ideas submitted in the first week.

The Conservation Innovation Awards are WWF-New Zealand's challenge for conservationists, community groups, product designers, researchers, backyard inventors and others to come up with innovative ways to increase the scale and effectiveness of community-based conservation in New Zealand.

We need your help to cultivate new ideas to lift the game for our precious places and wildlife.

It’s great that people are submitting interesting ideas and we want to use the power of the crowd to help determine which ones will fly – That means YOU!

It’s not just the awards entrants we want participating in this challenge we need YOU to join in by commenting and voting on the ideas. We want to tap into your knowledge of community conservation and hear what YOU think will work as the next new idea for nature!

To do this we’ve created milestones that each idea has to pass before it is eligible for final judging by our expert panel. To pass the milestones ideas need to win votes from the Conservation Innovation Community - that means YOU - and entrants have to think about how they could refine their idea based on YOUR feedback.

milestones screen shot

Do any of the ideas tackle problems you have experienced? Can you see the solutions working for you? Then give it your vote!

Have you noticed similarities between any ideas in this challenge or know of any similar ideas elsewhere? Use the comments function to find out if the idea authors have done their homework! If you think the idea is truly original - give it your vote!

For the final milestone entrants are asked to improve their idea based on feedback from the community, and through scoping other ideas – please contribute your knowledge and experience to help them see how their idea could work and who they might be able to collaborate with – get commenting now!

Please comment and vote on the entries in the WWF Conservation Innovation Awards 2016 to help us find solutions that can really work.

 

How to comment and vote on ideas

Go to the Conservation Innovation Awards 2016 page on our crowdsourcing website wwf-nz.crowdicity.com.

Scroll down to view all the submitted ideas.

Click on the idea you are interested in to display the full brief for that idea.

To vote for the idea click on the thumbs up button on the right hand side of the screen. You can vote once for each new idea.

 voting screen shot

To comment on the idea scroll down to the bottom of the page and type your feedback in the comments box, then click on the “post” button.

commenting screen shot

You can attach files with your comment if they are relevant, for instance an image or review of a similar idea. Just click on the “Attach files” button to access your files (100MB size limit on attachments).

Thank you for helping us change the game for New Zealand nature.

How do I load a photo to my idea?

You can load photo files (JPEG, GIF, PNG), video files, PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, etc to explain your idea in more details. Please note the maximum file size is 100MB. The file library can be a little slow to load, so please be patient. 

Here are some instructions to help load files:

1. At the bottom the 'post an idea' page, click on Attach Files. 

2. Click on Choose File (top left) which will then provide you with the ability to browse your computer.

3. Choose the correct file and press open. This closes your computer’s browser. The title of the image you  have chosen should now appear next to the Choose File button.

4. Click on Upload File to add to the library. Your image will now appear in the File Library. 

5. Check (tick) the box next to the image you want to display with your post

6. Click on 'Save choices'

7. The File Library will close, returning you to the Attache Files window in your idea post, where the image/s should be displayed

6. Repeat steps 2 - 4 to load more files to your File Library, repeat step 5-7 to attach them to your current idea 

 Your File Library is available to you for any future posts you make.

Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Lee Barry Sep 4, 2015

Do you have a question about the awards, or how to use this platform?

You won't be the only one!

This is the first time a "Crowdicity" ideas sharing platform has been used in New Zealand - and the first time WWF-New Zealand has run the awards in an online collaborative community - so we are learning as we go!

Bear with us while we experiement with this novel approach - we are not experts but we are here to help make your experience a great one. 

Read our Application Guide first. You can also use the HELP icon top right of every screen. Still have a question? Find some answers in the following posts. Or contact awards co-ordinator Lee Barry.

 

Our intention is to harness the power of the crowd to contribute to, comment on, share and improve new ideas to solve conservation challenges ... with a bit of healthy competition and a nice big reward thrown in.

The users of this community will make new connections, discover shared interests - perhaps even meet a potential collaborator.

At the same time, a bunch of crazy and great ideas will be peer reviewed by the collective knowledge of this online community. The community will judge if an idea has legs, if it is well scoped and truly original. The cream of the crop will make it through the Milestones for the judges to assess. But the entire pool of entries will be a resource for the conservation community to build on.

We hope you enjoy this challenge!

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