What is a Challenge?

Challenges are an integral part of Litterati as they allow people to contribute data towards your challenge goal. Both our clients and our users are able to create challenges to help inspire others and users can also join as many challenges as they'd like.

The concept is pretty simple:

  1. Setting the challenge parameters (location and date)

  2. Users joining your challenge (by code or by challenges tab)

  3. Users going out and litter picking with Litterati

Even though that's simplified a bit, that covers most of it. The real nuance is in how you set up your challenges to meet your goals, whatever they may be.

Setting Goals

The first step in thinking about your challenge is to think about your goals as an organization, company, or local community member.

In other words: what is the #1 goal of your organization?

Here are some examples:

  • Are you looking to make systemic change with your data?

  • Are you looking to engage your community to help clean up?

  • Are you looking to document the litter problem to find a cause?

  • Are you looking to motivate your community to get outside and have fun?

Once you have your goal in mind, you can then look at the different challenge tools that we offer to help drive towards that goal.

Understanding Tools

All Litterati accounts will be able to create Local or Connected Challenges.

If you have an Impact (City/NGO/Corporate) account, you'll also be able to create Featured Challenges.

Here's a breakdown of the types of challenges:




Limited to 500 KM Radius

Limited to 500 KM Radius

Can be limited to 500 KM Radius or Global

Is a stand-alone challenge

Is connected to a Featured challenge

Can be stand-alone, or can have connected challenges attached to it

Is available to all accounts

Is available to all accounts

Is available to Impact City, NGO, or Corporate accounts

*Featured challenges require an impact account.

What Makes a Featured Challenges so Special?

  • Featured challenges, if public, are displayed on the top level of the challenges tab and are seen by anyone who is located inside the range.

  • There can be no limit to the radius and can be worldwide.

  • Anyone who can see the featured challenge can connect their own connected challenge to it to help increase the overall number count and share data with that challenge.

  • To upgrade your account to get these features, please visit this page: Become a Partner

How Can Challenges Help Me With My Goals?

Typically, you want to make things as easy for your members as possible. This usually means creating one challenge for all to join in on. However, if you need to separate people into specific groups on your leaderboard, that's where things become more complicated.

Here's a visual to better explain:

Looking at the examples above, let's start with the left-most example.

Simple Challenge - Maximum Participation

If you're looking to engage with your community and maximize their participation, you should use a single local or featured challenge. By creating a single local challenge, anyone can join and you have the lowest barrier of entry out of any challenge. Users can simple open the app, go to local challenges, and click on Participate.

Moderate Complexity Challenges

If you're looking to engage a group or a team but want to control who can join your challenge, you'll need to create a private local or featured challenge. However, if you need to group people into different teams, maybe based on location or department, you can do that through the use of Join Codes. By assigning different teams a different code, you can track the team progress on your Dashboard and see a total summary, or join a code-based leaderboard. You can add as many codes as you'd like from your Challenge's Page in the Partner Dashboard. Please note that some codes might already exist within our system. Also, if you create a code, you are unable to remove or delete it, so please be careful and double-check that your code is correct before assigning it.

High Complexity Challenges

Lastly, in looking at the left two challenge types, if you're looking to create separate leaderboards for your team, or if you have multiple teams across the world, you'll be needing a more complex setup for your challenge. With this level of complexity, we recommend connecting with your Client Success Manager to ensure that your campaign is both structured as well as executed successfully. This level of complexity also requires an upgraded Impact account or an Impact+ for an Integrated Campaign.

Trial and Error

All communities are unique and are comprised of unique individuals. This means that some challenges work better than others. Don't be afraid to try a different approach if a challenge didn't succeed as you'd thought. If you need to change your challenge after it has started, please connect with your Client Success Manager to make the necessary changes.

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