How It Works
Prior Citizen Team Winners
What is a Project?
- A project is an idea that improves the greater good of the community in a specific way.
- A project must be in the public realm.
- A project should be feasible enough to be built/completed by a team of citizens.
- A project that is pitched during the event should not exceed $10,000.
- A project is something that may be replicated and may serve as an example to other cities.
- A project may fit into any of the following categories: Public Art, Public Spaces, Fun, Aesthetics, Food/Farming, Cultural Amenities, Preservation of Natural Ecosystem, Walkability/Bikeability, Recreation.
- A project must be honest and clearly presented. Projects can’t mislead people or misrepresent facts, and creators should be candid about what they plan to accomplish.
- A project must be completed at least 1 year of funding.
What is NOT a Project?
- A project is not intended to be a platform for groups to support their general cause or agenda.
- A project is not a funding mechanism for organizational budget shortfalls
Citizen Team FAQs
Before The Event
Should I participate?
What is a Citizen Team?
A Citizen Team are people with ideas for the community. Just as an entrepreneur may have an idea for a business, citizens have ideas for the community. Citizen Teams may consist of friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, or even strangers to participate in a fun and creative weekend of bringing great ideas to reality.At the 24 Hour Citizen Project, we’ll connect your vision with the expertise and financial backers to make it happen. Be prepared to experience the ups and downs of pursuing your idea, an incredible sense of accomplishment, and the encouragement given to you by your fellow citizens cheering you on – in just 24 hours!
Participating is easy:
- Submit an idea (for review by the Selection Committee)
- Form a team (of friends, neighbors, co-workers, or even strangers to help you with your idea)
- Prepare to pitch. (We’ll provide you with experts before and during the event if your idea is chosen, including a pitch coach)
- Pitch your idea for funding (Saturday night).
- Build your funded project. Your team will be responsible for coming up with a plan to get the project done and for executing the project after the event is over. Note that the 24HCP follows and promotes your team’s progress every step of the way.
Why are citizens required to build a team?
I'm ready to get started... how do I apply?
Once I apply as a Citizen Team, what happens next?
I'm part of a team... what should I bring?
- Laptop if you are your team need to meet, or you need to finalize your presentation (Friday)
- Pens/pencils/paper (if you’re old school) (Friday)
- Visuals, props or mock ups (if applicable) that help aid in sharing your project with Experts (Friday) and Backers (Saturday).
- Friends to help cheer your team on (there may or may not be a crowd favorite vote ;-))
- Camera (you’ll take lots of pictures)
- Creative energy!
How do I prepare for the pitch?
- Try to do research on your idea ahead of time. Think about things like feasibility, cost, impact on the community as a whole, and make sure that it fits into our guidelines for an approved project.
- Share your idea. Sharing your idea ahead of time with people is key. It will help you with your pitch and get feedback ahead of the event.
- Start thinking about what you need to pursue the idea. And let us know so that we can recruit that expertise to be present to you before and during the event.
- Begin the vetting process. We strongly encourage you to begin the process early. You can use the event to put the final touches on the project.
What types of ideas can I pitch?
We’ve given a lot of thought to this question as projects come in all different shapes and sizes. To help with this effort, we have a committee that evaluates all ideas against the guidelines below:
A project is…
– A project is anything that improves the greater good of the community in a specific way; expenditures of project should be clearly defined; projects cannot offer backers fiscal gain.
– A project must be in the public realm.
– A project should be feasible enough to be built/completed by a team of citizens.
– A project that is pitched during the event should not exceed $10,000; the lower the cost = the higher probability of funding. Note: The total project cost may exceed $10,000, but the amount pitched should not exceed $10,000 (relevant when Citizen Teams find organizations or individual donors to match funds or partially fund the project prior to the event)
– A project is something that may be replicated and may serve as an example to other cities.
– A project may fit into any of the following categories: Public Art, Public Spaces, Fun, Aesthetics, Food/Farming, Cultural Amenities, Preservation of Natural Ecosystem, Walkability/Bikeability, Recreation.
– Projects must be honest and clearly presented. Projects can’t mislead people or misrepresent facts, and creators should be candid about what they plan to accomplish.
– A project must be completed at least 1 year of funding.
A project is NOT…
– A project is not intended to be a platform for groups to support their general cause or agenda.
– A project is not a funding mechanism for organizational budget shortfalls.
Past projects include:
Public art installations, community gardens, drinking water fountains in neighborhoods, bus stop prototype, improvements to bike path, rain garden, musical instrument library.
– An organization associated with a team cannot participate as a backer during the event, though can commit to partially funding (or match funding) in an effort to reduce the total funding amount pitched during the event.
– The total funding amount requested by a project during the event must be the total amount needed to complete the project. Additional funding following the event is highly discouraged.
What happens if my idea is not chosen by the Selection Committee?
During The Event
What happens on Friday night?
- 5:00PM – Citizen Team Meeting/Review of Registration Packet (Citizen Teams only)
- 6:00PM – Experts arrive. Social begins. Refreshments served.
- 24 Hour Citizen Project toast
- Citizen Team Idea Exchange (1 minute pitch from Team Leader)
- 6:45PM – Expert/Citizen Team meetings begin
- 9:30PM – Last expert meeting ends. Teams can continue to work on as needed basis.
- 10:00PM – Cookie conversations (night recap)
- 11:00PM – Teams work into the night.
What happens on Saturday morning?
- 9:00AM – Pitch practice begins (teams sign up in 30 minute increments) / Teams use venue for workplace, if needed.
- 1:30PM – Presentations due to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens on Saturday evening?
The Pitch Event happens on Saturday!
- 5:00PM – Backer and Team Mingle (Note: Teams will will have a private meeting with Backers one hour before the start of the event. This is an opportunity to sell your project to the backers before your final pitch)
- 6:00PM – Doors open to public; Audience visits with Citizen Teams
- 7:15PM – Pitches begin (3 minutes / team)
- 8:15PM – Backer huddle (Backers decide winners)
- 8:30PM – End of Backer huddle. Announcement of winners.
- 9:00PM – Event ends. Party continues.
During the final pitch event, each Team Leader will be given 3 minutes on stage to pitch their project showing visuals on the projection. Following the pitch, the backers will have a couple minutes for Q&A. After all pitches are completed, the backers will huddle, and announce the winners.
Can I just attend without participating?
Do Citizen Teams have to work the entire 24 hours?
What happens if my idea is not funded at all?
After The Event
What happens after my team's project has been funded?
The work doesn’t stop just yet… in fact, it’s just beginning. After the event, you can expect the 24HCP to follow your progress until your project is completed. We want everyone in the community to know what you are working on, and how it’s getting done. The 24 Hour Citizen Project will be a vehicle for communicating project updates to the public. The following requirements are expected:
- One month project update due to Backers and the 24HCP team
- First quarterly project update to Backers and 24HCP team
- Second quarterly project update to Backers and 24HCP team
- Third quarterly project update to Backers and 24HCP team
- Fourth quarterly project update to Backers and 24HCP team
How are project updates provided to the 24HCP team?
Updates will be published in a series of “Dear Community” letters written by the project’s Team Leader (on a quarterly basis). The letters are intended to be exactly how they sound – a letter to your community from you providing an update on your project. The letters will be used by the 24HCP to publish updates about your project to our website, social media accounts and blogs used for media outlets.
A central theme of the 24HCP is how self-directed (i.e., citizen led) projects are key to building communities. Everything you do is intended to be documented and shared with other communities with hopes that it can be replicated. That said, we’ll expect you to remember how you implemented the project, including the highs, lows, mistakes and key decisions to your success.