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Meet our creator of the month - gi_leiva!

By Pauline Gaudillat on May 07, 2019 10:00 Featured Authors 0

This month, let's meet gi_leiva, one of our dearest members, who is going to celebrate her 7th anniversary as an eyeka creator in May! This Argentinean freelancer is always looking for learning, as her favorite quote from René Descartes says: “I would give everything I know for half of what I do not know.” Let's know more about her!


Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I'm from Córdoba, the most Mediterranean Argentine province. I'm 40 years old, I'm in a relationship with Mariano (42) for 24 years and we have 2 sons: Agustin (21) and Ciro (11). I work formally in the engineering department of a telecommunications company, but I got the greatest professional satisfaction as a Freelancer, especially as a creator ... in Eyeka.
I have a curious and self-taught personality, I love to investigate and learn new things, even those that are very technical or that are outside my "comfort zone". I am not afraid of the challenges, if something is far from my general knowledge, I deepen the research until I can understand what I need. Surely it is for this reason that I feel so good in eYeka: it allows me to grow in knowledge in each of the contests in which I join.
My dream is to live from my ideas and my creativity, whether in my country or any other that gives me the possibility to use my imagination to contribute to a better future for all.

How did you find out about eyeka?
The truth is that I do not remember how I got to eYeka, but I always say that I am "an internet girl" so I probably found this community looking, learning and researching new things on the web.

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?
After much trial and error, I realized that the secret is to read and reread the brief to be completely sure what the challenge is, what the company needs and, above all, what our target wants. I usually investigate a lot the target audience: I am interested in knowing what they want, what they are talking about and what they need. Then, I select those "keywords" that result from my research and that will be the starting point of my proposal. After this, it's just a matter of giving my imagination complete freedom ...

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?
Once again, I will be honest: it is very difficult! It is inevitable to feel disappointed with myself when I think I have a winning idea and is rejected in the first moderation! However, I have to thank the moderators because every feedback received offers very valuable advice that allows us to improve each of the proposals and then be accepted without problems.
Generally, when the results are published, I am already focused on another contest. If my idea is not winning the disappointment lasts a little and sometimes it helps to give me more momentum in the new ideas that I am building.


What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won? Unfortunately, in my country, we are living a very complicated economic situation. We are in the middle of a crisis that includes constant increases in prices and rates, inflation is high and unfortunately our salary do not grow at the same rate. In this context, the eYeka awards have helped me to continue with my family without suffering economics needs as many of my compatriots are suffering.

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?
Knowledge, community, opportunities

On May 5th, we will celebrate your 7th birthday as an eyeka creator. Amazing! How does that make you feel? What have you learned from the last 7 years?
7 years! Wonderful! I love being part of this beautiful community. I never felt anything negative in eYeka, both the comments of the moderators and those of some creators were always constructive and always take them into account because I think there is a good vibe around here. Thanks to eYeka I learned a lot because in its contests, not only asks me for new ideas, but also challenges me to perfect my techniques and expand my knowledge to achieve worthy presentations, which can live up to the great professionals who are part of the entire creative community.
I think what I value most of all this time in eYeka is the enormous amount of knowledge acquired and the wonderful community of which I feel part. It's like a beautiful global family and super creative.

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?
The main thing: "DO NOT BE AFRAID". Do not underestimate or be frightened by a contest that seems outside your "comfort zone". Search, read, research and learn about the subject. Improve techniques and eliminate the phrase "I cannot". As my husband says: "The world is of the Audacious" ;)

Thank you so much Gi!

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Meet our Creator of the Month - saadithya!

By Pauline Gaudillat on April 02, 2019 12:00 Featured Authors 0

This month, we would like to introduce one of our dear creators from India, saadithya! This creative mind is very committed to innovation, he even won 2 awards from prestigious and famous MIT… This is impressive! Let’s read more about this creator who always proposes ingenious ideas.

Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I am Aadhithya, I live in Bangalore, India. I work as a senior data analyst at Jones Lang Lasalle. I have a mechanical engineering degree. I am also an innovator & inventor, I love solving technical problems, I use cross pollination of technologies across various industries to solve innovation problems and in this process, I have won 40+ grand innovation awards from various companies & institutions across the world including 2 awards from prestigious MIT.

I am also the founder of an innovation listing portal called Givemechallenge.com, which help people like me find innovation opportunities & scholarships across the globe, using Givemechallenge I encourage people to solve problems, get recognition & awards for their efforts.

My life oscillates between 2 cities Kannur, Kerala & Bangalore, Karnataka my hometown & place of work respectively separated by approx. 400 kms. I like the diversity & simplicity of my country, there is a solution for every problem in the world hiding somewhere in my country I am motivated by this aspect too. A few things that characterizes me are simplicity & innovation, most of my solutions use very simple technologies in a manner that was never thought possible before. Also, I am very keen on acquiring knowledge through multiple mediums in a race against time to be updated about the technical innovations currently hitting the market.

I also love travelling to new places, meeting people & collecting gadgets.

 

How did you find out about eyeka?

As mentioned above I am the founder of an innovation listing portal that lists innovation opportunities across the world, so I used to list innovation opportunities at Eyeka to make opportunities accessible to all, I originally discovered it by scanning the web for opportunities to list in my portal.

 

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?

I use my interstices very well, that is the time between times which is usually wasted by most of the people like the time you spend while travelling in a bus, waiting for a cab, a walk on the road. I lock my targets on specific innovation problems and look for solutions for this problem in my mind throughout the day, some of the objects that you see and hear might act as the break through or spark that you need to kick start the solution for your problem. It is also important to reward yourself for your success, this is something most of us take for granted, it could be anything your mind and body likes. Say for example if you like a specific flavor of an ice cream that could be the simple reward for your success or may be a trip to your favorite destination/holiday.

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?

While submitting the solution itself based on your experience and the careful analysis of the brief you can identify if the solution can be a winning entry or not and also predict the chances of other people proposing the similar idea. If you are sure to have a novel solution then polish the concept with detailed explanation and illustration this would help you cross the first review and if it gets rejected make it a point to re-work on it and get it accepted, I understand this is a trouble and very disappointing to not even cross the first review but it might be worth the effort because if it gets rejected here in the review itself your initial effort is gone in complete vain without even a chance of victory.

For the final winning submission, we need to keep in mind that only best & novel solution will win, if the solution exists elsewhere already then, the chances of it loosing is high. Winning may not be easy but creating quality solutions is easier if you do it in an organized manner and regularly.

 

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?

I was fortunate enough to win 40+ grand innovation awards and in this process, I got to visit 14+ countries. I have got opportunities to present my project at prestigious institutes like MIT, I have been invited to launch products including cars where my technology was proposed by me, I have got opportunity to present my projects and receive awards virtually with help of robots on my behalf controlled by me thousands of miles away, being a mechanical engineer didn’t stop me from winning multiple medical challenges where most of the participants where doctors and health specialists. Also, my profound love for computers & digital technologies earned me a job in data science despite by primary education in mechanical engineering.

I would like to continue to solve technical innovation problems by churning out solutions to problems at even rapid scale with help of a specialist team so that specialists can take up their own parts like modelling, design, presentation, animation which would leave me room for more thinking and rapid execution of projects and making ideas into reality faster.  I would also be interested in organizational level control in reshaping innovation in an organization with roles like chief innovation officer that gives me the ability to reshape & improvise existing systems in the organization by making it more efficient and cost effective. Also by bringing in new technologies to the organization continuously to stay ahead of the competition.

I would also like to travel across the planet exploring new places & people.

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?

Crowdsourced Innovation online

 

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?

If you genuinely try to find out a solution for a problem by researching & learning from the past regularly by acquiring new skills and knowledge in the process, the easier it gets to the victory post. Also, to judge the novelty of your solution it is important to stay updated about the latest technology so that you know what exists in the market and not. Most important part to submitting an entry is to have fun yourself learning about a problem and solving it in my opinion.

To discover the new innovation opportunities including the ones from Eyeka you may visit Givemechallenge.com or “College Scholarships” app at playstore

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scholar.app&hl=en

we usually gets information early about most of the opportunities and you can easily navigate in the app or site and select what interests you and work on solving the same, I Use mark a favorite option with a star to shortlist the ones that I want to work on.

Thank you very much

Best regards

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Meet our Creator of the Month - marcellszoke87!

By Pauline Gaudillat on March 05, 2019 10:25 Featured Authors 0

This week let’s read more about a Hungarian creator who joined eyeka about a year ago and who won 7 prizes already: marcellszoke87! This gifted graphic designer thinks that “a creative mind can never stop. It’s sometimes blessing sometimes a curse”; he also sees creativity as a big playground, as David Ogilvy said: “the best ideas come as jokes. Keep thinking as funny as possible!”

Tell us a bit more about yourself

Hello, everyone! My name is Marcell. I’m graphic designer, located in Hungary. I studied graphic design and 3D animation. In 2015 I graduated with Master Degree in Animation, since then I’m working for advertising agencies. I designed for some Hungarian and international brands as well. Nowadays my highlighted clients are Henkel, Nestle, Dallmayr, and their sub brands. (If you are interested in, just have a look on: www.craftagency.hu )

Despite the agency work I still use my 3D knowledge: at designing 3D packaging and making animations in Maya and Cinema4D. I’m also keen on sculpting in digital softwares and with my bare hands too.This is the one of my many hobbies.

How did you find out about eyeka?

My friend was the first person who shared with me his story about winning the first prize on eyeka.
I got excited straight away. I like challenges and always search opportunities to compete and challenge myself.

I realized at the first look that eyeka is the platform I was looking for a long time. Great and creative challenges with international brands, and fair, heart-warming prizes!

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?

Yes, I have! First of all I read the brief with eagle eyes. Sometimes two or three times as well. Then I try to step into the consumers or customers’ shoes to feel the real insight what they probably think about products or services. Then I look for inspiration in my close environment: I ask my friends, members of my family. Occasionally I just sit on a bench in the park and listen the pedestrians. (no I’m not a freak stalker) There is a big difference if you ask and get a question or if you just listen and get the natural reactions in real life. Inspiration and great ideas come from the most unexpected way and direction.

Of course, I use the internet to gather inspirations, but keep in mind that this source is always available for everybody and if someone just follow the trend, never be defining the direction of that!

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?

I don’t like to let out a half-done works. So mostly I submit on the last or day before last day!

It’s not because of time wasting It’s about detailing, I really like to use the whole time I got to submit complete design and well described presentations.

As I mentioned I’m working for different clients quite long time ago, so I got used to the rejection already. Everybody has to know that it’s the part of our creative life. Clients are different, requirements and tastes are also. If someone want to be success in this field, that have to be meek, easy going and ready for compromise. Keep positive and learn about your fault.

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win & have won?

Hmm, it’s all for me! I mean winning a prize is the proof of my “talent” for myself. But It’s also look well in my CV and these eyeka prizes are neon signs for employers in the dark of the job market.

In 2017, I won a bronze Cannes Lion with a great Creative Team, this is the highest prize in my current career. So, the next step is to win a silver or a gold one!

 

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?

Inspiring, unique, creative-treasure

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?

Tips and Secret:

Always prepare for everything, submit and present the whole scale of your ideas: from the easy understanding to the abstract ones. If you keep this rule you won’t be surprised, you will win!

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Meet our Creator of the Month - AdaWong!

By Pauline Gaudillat on February 05, 2019 12:00 Featured Authors 0

Criss Jami, a young American poet and philosopher, once said: "Create with the heart; build with the mind." And it seems that our Creator of the Month, AdaWong, is a perfect example. Let's know more about this beautiful creator who joined our community... less than 6 months ago! 

Tell us a bit more about yourself…

Hello, everyone. I'm Ada. Born in China and living in Shanghai, I attended a university in China and graduated from the College of Art and Design.

Now I am an independent designer and occasionally write columns. I like many things related to art, such as painting, photography, I enjoy music, I also like all kinds of performances and exhibitions. But I've only been to a few countries and cities. My favorite place is Italy. There are bright sunshine and small tomatoes in summer. When the sun is setting, the color of the countryside is the same as in the picture.

Unfortunately, I haven't been to France. I heard that the Louvre is as good as the Vatican Museum. I will visit it if I have the chance. (I think one of the happiest things in life is visiting exhibitions.) My favorite city is Shanghai, which is a very convenient modern city.

I like to walk around, go to the city or the countryside, I will take equipment to take pictures alone, sometimes go to sparsely populated places, but the pictures taken are excellent. Designing is a lovely job for me, but these are the things that make me happy. I just love it and do it without any purpose.

I accidentally connected to eyeka through the website. I found the design challenges posed by the website interesting, so I decided to enter the amusement park. But it was not smooth at the beginning, the submitted design did not pass the audit, because I have not done graphic design for 15 years, many methods I have forgotten, but after several competitions, I slowly remembered, so it became very smooth later.

I am very happy to communicate with you here. Especially through the feedback of my works, I have learned a lot. Everyone has different ideas, which enlarges my mind. So I like the form of eyeka.

Finally, I would like to share with you the pictures I took when I was young and traveled around, each of which came from different parts of China. I hope you like it.

How did you find out about eyeka?

Um... I don't remember much. It seems that I came in from an advertising link under an English website. After browsing, I found it interesting, so I came to participate in the competition.

 

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?

First of all, I will read the competition brief very carefully to ensure that I understand the design challenges correctly, which is very important. Sometimes I don't have inspiration or design can't go on. I will read the competition brief several times again to find inspiration breakthrough.

The design process is roughly divided into two parts, one is the design concept, the other is the design expression. It usually takes more time to conceive, especially when some design challenges need to be implemented in a particular scenario, which requires the designer to have a full understanding of the scenario. Design is not fantasy, on the contrary, it requires very rigorous means to solve practical problems.

For example, when a design is made, what will people think of it? Are there sufficient conditions for implementation in real-world scenarios? Will the current level of technological development support this idea, etc? All of these need to be carefully considered in the process of design thinking.

I think everyone uses different ways of design expression. What I appreciate most about eyeka is that you don't restrict the expression of designers. Anyone can express their ideas in their own way. It's great. I feel like a fish in the water, not in the desert.

Most of my inspiration comes from my knowledge reserve. Designers need extensive knowledge to support their design ideas. Behind each design adopted, there is a series of knowledge chains. The richer the chain, the more inspiration designers can think of. Therefore, the accumulation of knowledge is very important.

Secondly, the designer should have a sense of position and mission. What position do you stand on to make this design? Do you have a sense of social responsibility and mission? Can you think from the user's point of view? From the design of every product, we can see what kind of person the designer himself is. Among them, the level is not the most important. The most important thing is what kind of heart he is in to do it. Your heart is the most important.

 

When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?

I think it's good to do the best you can. The evaluation of art and design has a strong subjectivity. It does not have the standard answer as mathematics does. So the same design is not good enough for one person, but it does not mean that other people think so. So in my eyes, the only difference between design is "appropriate" or "inappropriate", not "good" or "bad".

If I hadn't been chosen as a winner or had been eliminated from the beginning, I would not have looked at myself in the wrong way. I know design, I have my standards, and I know my level better, so I won't be influenced by people's judgment. I'll be happy to be chosen as a winner, but that doesn't mean I'm disappointed to be eliminated. That's my attitude.

 

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?

I haven't thought about it yet. I came to the game because I liked them. These competitions have given me a lot of new areas of thinking. If I decide to spend my bonus, I will spend it on something more valuable than playing.

 

If you had to describe eyeka in 3 words, what would they be?

Fun, Challenge, Free Expression

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?

Whatever you do, sincere love is better than everything. Keep your dreams alive. That's my secret.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us AdaWong! 

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Meet our Creator of the Month - Pang!

By Pauline Gaudillat on January 08, 2019 11:30 Featured Authors 0

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul", once said Dieter F. Uchtdorf. And this is one of the favourite quotations of our Creator of the Month: Pang! Let's know more about this creator who recently moved from Philippines to New Zealand... What a dream! 

Tell us a bit more about yourself !

My name is Farrah but my friends call me Pang (thus the username). I love making crafts, creating DIY projects and sketching. I graduated with bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Learning about computers and programming allowed me to take my creativity into the digital world. I shared some of my sketches and artworks ​here​.
My first job in college was game checking where I check the games, play them and create their descriptions and instructions. Because of this, I developed a passion for creating games. This is also the reason why most of the ideas I submit in eYeka are based on gaming.
I live in the Philippines which I consider a family-oriented country. Family is very important for Filipinos that they are compelled to travel abroad and become overseas workers to provide not only for their immediate families but also relatives. This has been the case with my mom. At a young age, I understood the need for money and how the lack of it creates distance.
When I was in college, I failed two of my major subjects and had to extend a year in my studies. Knowing that my family wasn’t financially well-off to pay for extra tuition and allowance, I looked for other means and this is when eYeka entered my life. The winning prize allowed me to pay my tuition and eventually, to graduate in college.
I became involved with the Deaf community since college. I worked as a part-time Deaf interpreter for deaf students who were pursuing Information Technology. From there, I realized my passion to teach. Being involved in the community opened my eyes to a different world and I commited to use my talents to serve others.
After graduating from college, I married my best friend. We have a lovely daughter who has become my new driving force to create and innovate. We used to live with my husband’s parents but after winning another contest, we were able to move out into an apartment.
Right now, my family is in New Zealand and guess what? eYeka is also a part of this momentous achievement. Through the prize money we were able to apply for our visa. I’m going to pursue postgraduate diploma in Information Technology and hopefully, become a teacher and help Deaf people who want to engage in information technology.
I don’t have a lot photos of myself because I’m camera shy. Although I like looking at pictures, I love reading and writing words more. I wrote some stories, poems and reflections in my blog ​here​. I enjoy reading books about self-discovery, spirituality and religious texts. My definition of fun, which might seem odd, is sitting on a corner reading a good book. I love learning about languages and other cultures although I am not very fond of travelling.

How did you find out about eYeka?
I learned eYeka through my bestfriend who is now my husband. He introduced me to eYeka when I was having financial problems after failing my subjects in college. I was able to win my first contest through his account.

Do you have a creative process? If so, can you share a bit of your secret with our community? Where do you look for inspiration?
Recently, I learned to ask myself these questions before entering a contest:
1.) Will I truly want to spend enough hours or even days to really create an innovative idea or creative entry for this?
2.) Do I have the skills and knowledge to create not only an acceptable entry but an entry worth sharing?
3.) Lastly, how will I help others by joining this contest? Am I joining it because a group of people will benefit the idea? Am I joining this contest to help someone financially through the prize money?
Over the years, I’ve learned that I am more determined and involved to finish a project if I am emotionally engaged with it. Knowing that someone will benefit from what I’m doing gives meaningful purpose to the contest instead of just merely winning.
Then, I write down the important words from the brief. I spend days researching about the Brand (visiting their website and looking at their products and About Us page) and the product they require.
After making an entry, I put myself in the brand’s position and ask myself, “Would I implement this entry if I had the money?”. If I wouldn’t want to implement it, I revise. If I would, I upload the entry and pray for the best.


When submitting an entry, how do you keep positive if it is rejected or not selected as a winning entry?
By appreciating others’ work instead.
I pat myself in the back for doing my best and I look at the winners’ entries. When I do this, I begin to recognize the creativity of every individual and how different minds contribute exceptional ideas. I learn from other people and improve from their contributions.

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?
I was able to pay for my college and now I’m a graduate!
I was able to live with my family in a space we could call our own.
And now, I am living our dreams to be in the wonderful country of New Zealand and pursue my studies for the Deaf community.
eYeka has allowed me to be where I am right now. Much more than the prize or recognition, what I would like to achieve from eYeka now is being able to contribute not only good enough ideas but great ideas that will revolutionize the world. Too ambitious? But I believe through eYeka, people like me will be able to make this world a better place through our creative minds.


If you had to describe eYeka in 3 words, what would they be?
Solutions. Improvement. Engagement.
Because eYeka gives solutions to business and societal problems; eYeka helps people to improve in their skills as they join more contests; and eYeka is also a community that helps creators to engage with each other by peeking through their creative thoughts.

Finally, is there anything you would like to share with our creators (secret, tip…)?
Don’t do it for the money​. I joined many contests in eYeka with the intention to win and get money and I lost all of them. But when I do it for a deeper reason (helping my family or helping other people), I create ideas with love and passion and these ideas win.
Never stop learning​. Think outside the box by reading lots and lots and relating the contest to everything you read even if they don’t make sense at first. If you’re not a reader, observe your surroundings. Connect your interests with the contest. Are you passionate about gaming? Or sports? Or business? Learn how the contest can enhance your interest or how your interest can contribute to ideas.
Have faith​. Believe in yourself and believe that you can make an idea that will change the world. I usually listen to uplifting songs like “Hall of Fame” by The Script ft. will.i.am and “Glorious” by David Archuleta to remind myself that I can do it. Even if you lose, even if you barely win, don’t lose heart. Believe in the amazing talents and skills that you were given and use it to help others.

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