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Contribution list

A mobile application to help groups organize bone marrow registry drives. A fast, accessible, one touch to join application that connects users to existing bone marrow drives and gives them the opportunity to organize a drive and invite others to join. People are more likely to participate in a bone marrow drive if there is a face attached to the cause and if there is an organized group event where friends, co-workers and team members can encourage each other.

24 evaluations so far

Hate waiting forever at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)? What if, when you are filling out your car registration or driver's license application(which often includes opt-in or mandated choice questions for organ donor & voter registration), you are also asked whether you want to do a cheek swab on the spot to register as a bone marrow donor? If you do, you’d get a cool bones badge on your driver’s license (next to the heart showing you’re an organ donor), keychain, license plate, or bumper sticker to spread awareness (and perhaps swaying the nice officer who pulls you over for a traffic violation to let you off with a warning), but you also get put to the front of the line.

19 evaluations so far

Using an 'adda' where large numbers of indian men congregate and turning chai sellers into evangelists by incentivising them, I believe we could get the message out and get lots of registrations.

19 evaluations so far

Finding an 'ordinary' person who has had experience of bone marrow surgery (?) got through it and teaming them with a celebrity to tell a story can be powerful. Keenan, a 15 year old American kid with a genetic disease which required a bone marrow transplant has become incredibly famous for impersonating famous singers! His YouTube videos have been watched by millions of viewers and celebrities are wanting to make videos with him.

15 evaluations so far

"Be my match. Tag. You're it. Pass it on." A wallet-sized business card that can be handed from friend to friend, encouraging the reciever to visit the website, learn about the process, and register. Signed by everyone who has received the card before and paired with a cryptic message and 2D barcode, the card can peak the reciever's curiosity and encourage them to join bandwagon along with their friends.

10 evaluations so far

With the staggering amounts of people in prisons around the world, why not provide a system whereby prisoners are incentivized to register. Prisoners who match someone in need can elect to donate in exchange for time off of their sentence/parole eligibility (criminal history permitting).

18 evaluations so far

This concept combines with the Interactive map of registered donors. Please see or click the colourful US map under 'Built on this' and give comment and feedback there. Convincing people to register as a donor is one thing, but then finding the right place near you is the next. This concept is to globally centralize location data for donor centers, national registries, donor drives and other information on a central site.

9 evaluations so far

A simple concept incorporated into a wider promotional / awareness campaign might include a "choose your adventure" type Youtube video that is interactive. Yes, Youtube has interactive elements like hyperlinks to other videos within the video itself (for example: check the basics of how it works in the attached video). You could create short clips of the process from various perspectives: (a) the potential donor and (b) the recipient -- both branching out to different scenarios.

20 evaluations so far

Dentists could register their patients to become bone marrow donors during appointments. Many people may fear sitting in the dentist's chair, but they could feel better if they felt they were helping others.

23 evaluations so far

Challenge cross-disciplinary teams at Stanford to build a computer program that could create music from a visual representation (i.e., musical score) of a registrant’s DNA. Use the program to let people download their DNA masterpiece as an MP3 file. Or, find what musical genius’s symphony or pop song they most closely match. Create songs with their friends’ and family members’ DNA scores. Make ring tones. The possibilities are endless.

29 evaluations so far

We all know donating bone marrows saves lives, simple as that. No spiritual leaders and faith organizations can deny the importance of a great cause such as saving lives. How can we provide the right resources to spiritual leaders and faith organizations who often have great influence over their congregation, so they can can effectively partner with bone marrow agencies to increase the bone marrow registries?

19 evaluations so far

The bone marrow donation process isn’t the same as it used to be. The vastly superior technology has been updated, as has the procedure … but we’ve left the brand in past, where images of large hollow needles, long recoveries, and intense pain circulate. Let’s start fresh! We need to educate people - this isn’t your mama’s bone marrow donation process.

28 evaluations so far

Launching an education campaign in schools focusing the kids may be a good way of discussing the bone marrow donation process with transparency, to get the right information to the parents and prevent some barriers to appear.

11 evaluations so far

People meet to have Tupperware parties at their homes, where the host supplies food and drinks and presents the new Tupperware products. Why shouldn´t we apply this principle to a good cause like having a "Swap party" where people come together to inform themselves and get registered among friends in a nice atmosphere.

17 evaluations so far

Imagine a competition amongst corporations for who could get the most cheek swabs- competition for a great cause! Target corporations that are internationally represented (i.e. high tech companies, software companies, research labs). The winning corporation gets some free donated advertising from a media partner(s).

8 evaluations so far

This concept turns the idea of 'donation' upside down and works around the idea of 'investing' instead.

17 evaluations so far
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