The results of the FORCE 2015 1K challenge are in.

The winner of the challenge was "Crowdreviewing: the Sharing Economy at its Finest" ( by Werner Liebregts

Discuss: The Crowd & The 1K Challenge?
The three submissions that originally garnered the most voted did this by encouraging a large number of people to sign up for membership in FORCE11 and vote for their submission, in some cases friends and family who do not appear to have had a strong connection to the ideals of the organisation. This was a process that, while allowed by the rules, could be construed as contrary to the spirit of the competition, which is about engaging the FORCE11 community. In two cases, the authors of the proposals withdrew after this was pointed out to them; in one case the author decided to accept the money and participate in a discussion of the issues involved.

What we'd like to raise now with the community is the question of how to deal with this kind of issue. On the one hand, the 1k challenge programme has been extremely successful in the past in encouraging community-based ideas. On the other, the current arrangement is, arguably at least, open to abuse. How can we reconcile the desire to encourage crowd decision making (e.g. with a low barrier to entry) while ensuring the integrity of such competitions? Or is a completely open vote perfectly viable?

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