How Does Participating in an Omdena Challenge Work (For Collaborators)

How Does an Omdena AI Challenge Work

How it works

Grow & Make an impACT with Real People on Real Data

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

French writer and pioneering aviator

The above quote very well describes the Omdena environment. It is often difficult for Omdena newcomers to grasp the idea that we do not have a top-down structure. In an Omdena Challenge, no one is going to give you orders, instead, you need to show self-drive and self-management capabilities to succeed.

Once newcomers get it, they love it. As described by one fellow collaborator:

“What happens in such projects is pure magic.”

Principles. Four key rules in every Omdena project.


Bottom-up Collaboration

Everyone is free to pursue their own ideas about addressing the problem. There is no hierarchy on the team and no one assigns a task. It’s up to you to jump in and collaborate. The first couple of weeks can seem chaotic and that’s by design.


Transparent Communication

For the good of the entire community, discussions must be held openly in the slack channels. Private direct messages (DMs) are discouraged and will not be considered as participation. All interactions with the partner and domain experts should be in the slack channels and not via direct message or email.


Active Participation

Your level of participation will be assessed each week in addition to your collaboration via coding, data wrangling, and taking a leadership role in the challenge. We take these assessments very seriously, and those who do not actively participate will be asked to leave the project and will not be allowed to join the Omdena Community or any future challenges.


Ask Questions

Always reach out to the rest of team when in doubt and offer to pitch in. If you need further guidance, there will always be experienced collaborators from previous Omdena challenges you can reach out to for support.

Development methodology. Inspired by Self-Organized and Initiated Learning Environments (SOLE), which brings tremendous benefits to accelerate your growth.

Omdena functions like a network of teams and not like a hierarchical pyramid.

Networked teams

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In summary.


Our challenges encourage creative thinking

Only if you can think independently and problem-solving oriented, you can make an impACT.


You will improve your communication skills

You will present your work to your peers and the community. One of the most important skills is to be able to communicate your results and ideas clearly, at Omdena you will learn it.


You will boost your intercultural skills and make friends beyond borders

 Our community represents people from over 85 countries. Connect and learn from each other.

“What seems a bit chaotic at first, one starts to appreciate the experience and realize the relevance of working in self-organizing environment, where crucial conclusions and optimal solutions eventually emerge as winners. It is very well welcomed and a valuable experience. It makes me proud to be a part of it.”

- Vjeko Hofman

Omdena Collaborator