Announcing the Forever Saint Paul Challenge $1 MILLION winning idea!
Congratulations to the URBAN OASIS, submitted by Tracy Sides, which will receive a $1 million grant for implementation!
The Urban Oasis idea connects food, nature and culture to transform existing space at the Bruce Vento Sanctuary. Learn more about this amazing idea below.
We received more than 16,000 total votes for the three finalist ideas! Thank you to everyone who voted and helped select the winning $1 million idea.
Congratulations to the Art Train and Center for Creative Arts, which made it into the top three from a pool of nearly 1,000 ideas. We hope these ideas and more become realities and help make the future of our capital city great!
Guidelines and Criteria
CLICK HERE to download the complete, official guidelines and criteria specific to the Forever Saint Paul Challenge.
Be sure to download the official Forever Saint Paul Challenge guidelines and criteria. The general guidelines outlined below apply to any Idea Open Challenge.
General Idea Open Guidelines
The Minnesota Idea Open is the place for idea movers and makers. We administer one marquee ideas Challenge each year and invite all Minnesotans to share their best thinking and work together to help solve major issues that affect all of us. So get your best thinking out of the shower and into the Open—and see your idea become a reality.
Who can enter an idea?
We welcome ideas from Minnesota residents of all ages and interests. You don’t have to be an expert just someone who cares about the issue or wants to be part of the solution. And, of course, we want really awesome ideas! Check out some of the great thinking to date at MNIdeaOpen.org/competitions.
How do I enter my idea?
When a Challenge is active, you may enter your idea via our website at MNIdeaOpen.org, email us at info@MNIdeaOpen.org, write-in your idea and snail-mail it to us, or submit it at select events. We publish information about all the ways you can enter to our website each time a Challenge is open and accepting entries.
What types of ideas qualify?
We welcome all ideas! You do not need to write a formal proposal. We want this process to be inviting, fun and creative!
Who owns my idea?
As a participant in the Idea Open, your submitted (published) idea becomes public and you allow the Idea Open to promote, share and implement your idea. We want and encourage you to be involved in your idea, but we also understand if you don’t want to be involved or circumstances prevent your participation. When that happens, we reserve the right to promote your idea for the aforementioned purposes—and we still give you credit, of course! We believe in building community and spreading good ideas, and this is one way to put our collective best thinking forward for more people to be inspired to act. Other community members are welcome to build on, borrow from and improve upon ideas. The spirit of the Idea Open is one of openness (of course) because it takes a community to create good ideas and turn them into action.
Where I do find more information about eligibility and criteria?
For each Challenge, we post guidelines and criteria. Go to the specific Challenge page for details.
What is the prize for winning a Challenge?
One or more winning ideas may be crowned the Challenge Champion. Each winning idea receives a grant “prize” for implementation. Grant amounts vary, depending on the Challenge. Past Challenge Champions have received $15,000 each for their winning idea. All winning ideas must designate a fiscal agent to receive the funds, as individuals are not eligible to receive grant money.
How is my idea implemented?
If you become a Challenge Champion, you may be as involved as you want to be in your idea’s implementation. Your involvement is not required and credit for your idea will be attributed to you. The implementation grant must go to a verified nonprofit organization that agrees to act as the fiscal agent for the project. If you do not indicate a preferred organization to receive the grant, we will select one for you. We also reserve the right to choose a fiscal agent different from your preference if we determine that another organization is a better fit for implementation. Our goal is to ensure that your idea is a success.
When will my idea be implemented?
The timeframe for implementation may vary per Challenge, but the average expectation is up to 12 months from the date the grant is issued. Each Challenge is different, so check individual Challenge guidelines.
What is the Challenge process?
The Challenge process is generally the same with some minor adaptations here and there, all made with an effort to improve the user experience each time.
- Announcement: Sometimes we introduce the Challenge topic before we accept entries to give people a head start on their idea
- Entries open: We start accepting entries
- Entries close: We stop accepting new entries and begin the review process
- Narrowing to semi-finalists: Volunteers read all of the ideas and begin scoring them to narrow them to a smaller pool of semi-finalists (this may be a multi-step process)
- Semi-finalists announced: We share the semi-finalists’ ideas with the Idea Open community Final judging: A panel of experts reviews the semi-finalists’ ideas and narrows them to a list of three to five finalists, depending on the Challenge Voting opens: The finalists are announced and the public is invited to vote for the best idea that will receive the grant for implementation
- Voting closes: Public voting ends and the votes are tallied
- Champion celebration: The winning ideas are celebrated!
When is the next Idea Open Challenge?
How are negative comments handled?
In keeping with the spirit of the Open, we ask participants to keep discussion constructive. The Idea Open is about encouraging participation and brainstorming new ideas—not tearing down any idea, individual or organization. If we feel that any ideas or comments are disparaging of any individual, group, or organization, we will remove it. We also reserve the right to remove any ideas or comments that attempt to sell or promote a product not related to the Challenge or the topic. To be transparent, we will replace the idea or comment with a note explaining our action.
Our door is always open. Please contact us at info@MNIdeaOpen.org.
Voting Events & Info
Voting is open! Cast your vote for the $1 million idea to make Saint Paul great between August 13 and September 2, 2013. There are three ways to vote:
- Vote online at MNIdeaOpen.org/foreversaintpaul. You will need to use a verifiable email address for your vote to be counted.
- Text-to-vote: See specific instructions below.
- In-person: Stop by the Forever Saint Paul voting booth at the State Fair between August 22 and September 2 to vote in person, or check to see if one of our pop-up voting booths will be in your neighborhood (see events below).
Use your mobile phone to cast your vote for the best million-dollar idea. Note: Message and data rates may apply.
- Text TRAIN to 228466 to vote for the Art Train.
- Text CENTER to 228466 to vote for the Center for Creative Arts.
- Text FOOD to 228466 to vote for the Urban Oasis.
In-Person Voting Events
We’ll be making some fun guest appearances in a variety of neighborhoods around Saint Paul. See below for some dates and locations near you!
- August 13 4:00-5:00PM: Highland Park Library in Highland Park.
- August 13 6:30-8:30PM: Nine Nights of Music at the Minnesota History Center.
- August 14 8:00-9:30PM: Trivia Mafia at Stouts Pub near Snelling and Larpenteur.
- August 15 4:30-6:30PM: Market in the Bluffs in Dayton’s Bluff.
- August 15 7:00-8:00PM: Orkestar Bez Ime at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown.
- August 16 1:00-3:00PM: El Burrito Mercado on the Westside.
- August 17 10:00-12:00PM: Unite University Avenue Parade starting at Central and Victoria on the Central Corridor.
- August 17 1:00-3:00PM: Hmong Village on the Eastside.
- August 19 2:00-4:00PM: Battle Creek Recreation Center in Battle Creek.
- August 19 6:00-9:00PM: Trivia Mafia at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul.
- August 20 10:00-12:00PM: Battle Creek Recreation Center in Battle Creek.
- August 22-September 2: Forever Saint Paul voting booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Look for us near the Space Tower and International Bazaar!
Forever Saint Paul Challenge Video Vault
Watch the Forever Saint Paul Challenge unfold through our video series. We'll be capturing all the fun throughout the Challenge so check back regularly for new videos or visit youtube.com/MNIdeaOpen.
Time-lapse and informational videos are courtesy of our awesome pals at Rat Race Studios, Ken Friberg and Daniel Life, and Jeff Achen Videography. The City of Saint Paul produced the video that is listed first below.
Feb 13, 2013
Deadline for Ideas
Apr 03, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
|Luke Stultz||Sep 03, 2013|
|joel lund||Sep 02, 2013|
|Becky Roniger||United States||Sep 02, 2013|
|Dori Henderson||Sep 02, 2013|
|Oscar Lund||United States||Sep 02, 2013|
|Josie Morrissette LaFave||Sep 02, 2013|
|Karl Gerstenberger||Sep 02, 2013|
|Patrick Kinney||Aug 31, 2013|
|Irene Markley||United States||Aug 31, 2013|
|Alfonso J Sintjago||Aug 31, 2013|