Getting started with Sparktank

Before you start this tutorial join sparktank for a free account. 

We will then help you create your first innovation challenge. You can keep this tab open and we will help you define and join a challenge

Create a new challenge

Step 1 - Enter your challenge details

Navigate to the challenges page using the "Challenges" in the top menu.

Select the Create new challenge 


You will need to select which organisation you would like participate in your challenge. You may wish for the challenge to have a wider audience than your team. If this is the case, create an organisation specifically for your challenge, or use an existing organisation that has all of the participants already included.

Give your challenge a suitable name, this should be something that you can easily recall. 

You will also need to determine the date for the end of your challenge. We recommend a minimum of a two week window for challenges that are conducted remotely and with asynchronous participation. If you have a large group of participants (more than 50) - you may wish to keep the challenge open for a minimum of a month.

Step 2 - Provide a problem statement

Describe your problem in one question. You may wish to start the statement with "how do we..." This statement will be displayed in the challenge overview and will be the question ton which all participants will focus.

Step 3 - Describe the problem in detail

Make sure that you provide enough detail in the problem description. This should include information about why you believe your issue is a problem, what you think is causing it and who is impacted.

Step 4 - Create focus areas

To address the problem and stimulate ideas during the ideation process, it is useful to reduce the problem into segments. Looking at the problem from alternative perspectives or "lenses" will help participants by constraining the problem area that their ideas will need to address. 

Different people in the challenge will be provided with focus areas. Focus areas are randomly assigned, but participants can choose to change their focus area or can contribute to multiple focus areas.

If you were looking at redesigning a shopping trolley, a focus area may be security or safety, another area may be ease of use, and another may be cost to produce. Each of these areas can then be used to stimulate thinking for ideation.

Each challenge must have a minimum of two focus areas.

5 - Upload image and finalise

The final step is to upload your image and finalise. You should choose an image that is representative of your challenge will help people think about the problem. 

After the challenge has been created, you will need to invite participants to the challenge. Make sure you send all of the people in your challenge an email with the title and challenge number so that they are able to easily locate and enter your challenge space.