Challenge 1: Supports for families.


Families struggle with addiction as they watch those they love struggle with it. They often form informal networks to support each other but formalized networks to connect do not exist.


A social network for families. Challenge teams should consider:

  • Potential to include an in person component and/or links to more formalized supports in the recovery community
  • Ability to be anonymous / preserve privacy

  • Filters by neighborhood, details about the demographics of the loved one struggling with addiction (e.g., age range)


Challenge 2: Crowdfunding solutions.


Many people want to contribute to the fight against the opiate crisis personally - and they want to be able to give to something that they know will have impact.  At the same time, community programs have needs that could make a big difference in their work.  Two in particular --

  • Donation of funds to cover first month of rent paid for in a sober living facility, so patients can focus on sobriety in the first few days following an inpatient stay and transition to work more slowly to work
  • Donation of funds for a kit of naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, to be distributed by community groups to communities that need it most.  Some data suggests the the majority of overdoses are reversed by other users (rather than by emergency responders). Funding means that there is more demand for kits than community organizations are able to provide.


A tool that enables crowdfunding for things like the first month of rent at a sober living home or the donation of a naloxone kit.  Potential add-ons could include the ability to donate other amounts that equate to other needs (e.g., staff hours for a community group). Challenge teams should consider:

  • Ease of use for people interested in donating
  • Payment platform integration
  • Ability for community groups to post "needs" directly to the portal
  • Ability for donors to see the impact of their gift (e.g., models like Kiva)
  • Ability for the recipient organization to adjust demand (e.g., to avoid excess giving in areas there supplies are not useful)