Winners of the Website Ideas Contest

By Daniel Scocco

A couple of weeks ago I launched a contest where readers needed to comment with an idea for a website they wanted to launch. The prize was a paid-up hosting account for 3 years to develop said website. Below you’ll find the winners and their respective ideas (if you are one of them you’ll receive an email from me later today):

Winner 1: Michael P.

I’m a person who believes that learning new things can greatly improve a person’s life. I don’t just want to create a new site where people can learn new things; in my experience learning how to learn is important too.

Sometimes our schools teach students what to learn – they advise students to study hard. But, not all students has learned how to study effectively. There are various methods which can help students (or any person) learn more effectively, such as these:

-Use of mnemonics to aid in encoding, storage, and then retrieval of information.

-Knowledge of self-development concepts like state control, relaxation techniques, and visualization to help the student in making themselves feel better (important in high-pressure situations like final exams).

-Techniques on how to study reading material, such as books and journals, effectively by using techniques like speed reading and effective note taking.

-Learning concepts like the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule), so the student can prioritize the material that he/she will study, while maximizing results at the same time.

-How to use the internet effectively to aid studying. For example, an online text-to-speech program which turns text to an mp3 file – which is then played on an MP3 player, can greatly assist in reviewing material.

Those are just some of the ideas I can think of for now. But if you ask me on what technique can help a student greatly (to use the Pareto Principe, the 20% that brings 80% of the results), that would be mnemonics. So, I would like to start with that if I’ll be given the chance to start a new website about learning.

Aside from teaching the students mnemonic techniques, like the link method, method of loci, and peg system, it would also be cool if students can practice those technique using a web-based app or a local offline program. I know some programming, so I think I can create some of those.

If I would visualize the site, it would have primarily articles or blog posts, written by me or people who might also be interested in helping students learn. Then, it will have some online tests where they can practice the techniques they have learned.

If the site would further grow, then, it may support having personalized accounts, where users can:

  • Bookmark articles or tests that they like.
  • View past test results.
  • Join groups who are interested in learning a certain subject matter.
  • Share useful information with other students via links or posts.
  • Unlock achievements (to borrow concepts from video games)

Winner 2: Hannah

Hello! My name is Hannah, and I am a freelance writer who resides in the United Kingdom. For a while now, I have been thinking about creating a blog promoting responsible pet ownership, focusing mainly on dogs and cats. Prior to writing, I worked at an animal rescue for almost half a decade so I have plenty of experience in this field and a lot of knowledge to share. My blog would include in-depth information on health and nutrition, training and behaviour, and so forth, along with the odd product review and updates on my own dogs: Finley, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Rottweiler, and Darwin, a Miniature Dachshund.

I think a blog like this would be popular because, well, everyone loves animals, right? I have done extensive research within this niche and feel that there is definitely a place for this kind of blog. Most pet blogs are either written from the perspective of dog or cat instead of a person, or promote toys, food and treats full of cereals and other nasties that could be seriously detrimental to your pets health.

I feel that I could really make a difference within the pet community.

Winner 3: Gaurav Singh Gahlain

I am from India and it is a country hard hit by corruption. I would love to create a website where people can come and share their views about the corruption in their region. While being anonymous, users can put evidences like photos and videos on the site. There will be tight integration with the social networks so that other people might join in.

This being a serious issue, I am not sure whether the evidences will lead to any actions against the culprits, but at least people will learn about them being corrupt and the fear of possible notoriety might put some on the right path.

This site can be popular regionally, and might be expanded to other countries because corruption is an evil that needs to be eradicated. In India, people love to have a say in such things and I am quite sure this idea will gain popularity and will be a small step to bring India on the right track.




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19 Responses to “Winners of the Website Ideas Contest”

  • Vivek Gowda

    Congrats to three of them…I Liked Gaurav’s idea…I am also from india and i know how much corruption is there in india…:( If you are really into that website plan…All the best for you…:)

  • Hannah

    Thank you SO much, Daniel and Zyma, and congratulations to the other two winners. I’m still in shock!

  • SWH Energy

    Since I am also from India, I liked the concept of having a website which could be used to highlight (with evidence) the corruption in common public places like Govt. offices and other organizations. Go for it Gourav! 🙂

    I liked the first idea (effective methods of learning) as well. It might be useful to people who think that cramming and memorizing are the only ways to learn (there are many who do).

  • Jeffrey

    Gratz to the 3 winners 🙂

  • Galina Vitkova

    I am from the Czech Republic. Unfortunately corruption is widespread here, too. So, the third winner´s idea is very well-timed. Good luck in fighting with corruption.

  • Michael P.

    First of all, congratulations to Hannah and Gaurav!. Also, I’m very grateful to Daniel and Zyma for being selected as one of the winners.

    Just in case you’re wondering guys why my comment was not in the contest post, it’s because I wasn’t able to input my comment there since they were already closed at the time. What I did, though, was I emailed my entry before the contest was officially closed (July-04-2013). The reason I’m very grateful that my entry was accepted by Daniel.

    I’m from the Philippines, but my grandfather from my mother’s side was an Indian, that’s why I’m looking forward to Gaurav’s website that will fight corruption in my grandfather’s home country. And, to Hannah, I wish you luck in informing people on how to better take care of animals. Good Luck!

  • Pranjal

    What a great idea by the third winner. Totally appreciate his initiative. I hope he is surely going to tailor such a wonderful idea!

  • Colby

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    @Hannah, I’ve been writing to my dog blog for 6 years now. If you have any questions about the niche please let me know.

    Good luck with your new blogs!

  • Hannah

    Thank you, Colby. Your blog looks great! 🙂

  • Jerry of Gimreview.com

    The contest was great and it helps bloggers on their blogs, since it has ended I would like to congratulate the winners. You all deserve to win

  • Vishakha

    Congratulations all!

    @Gaurav, I like your concept as I am from India too.

    On the other side of corruption there are some good people as well(Countable on fingertips. :P). I mean the loyal ones.(Ex.: DR. Abdul kalam) I wanna just suggest you to add such cases as well on the site. So that other people like me can get inspired from them. 🙂

    Additionally, I generally work on WordPress CMS. So if you like I would love to help in development of the site. :).

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Gaurav’s site idea resonated strongly with me.

    By tackling a serious issue he is helping so many people.

    Having traveled the world for the past 2 years running I see that corruption is a major problem on this earth.

    Bringing awareness to this issue and providing real solutions to a website sounds like a worthy cause.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

  • Steven Fabian

    Hi there, these are all great ideas, my favorite is number 3! I hope it will make the world a better and less corrupt place. I’m just a bit worried whether the winners will actually carry through and make these websites successful… or just give up before the 3 year mark and let the whole project go. Let’s hope it’s first one! Good luck to the winners!

  • Artiffex

    Congratulations to the winners!
    you have all great ideas!

  • Dominic

    Congrats to all the winners! Great ideas all around. I really like idea #2 about the pet ownership blog, good luck!

  • Ririn

    Congratulation to contest winners 🙂

    I hope in the future, there is a contest again, so that I can follow it 😀

    Thanks brother for your information 🙂

  • Charlie Livingston

    Hannah, your pet blog sounds like a worthy cause. I wish you luck with it. Congrats on the win!

  • Nick C

    Congratulations to all the winners. I am waiting to surf your said websites later on!! Keep it up!!

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    It seems to be an interesting competition. I will surely take part in next time. Till then cheers for blogging! 🙂

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