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What is OpenWater?

OpenWater headquartered in Arlington offers their awards management and submissions software, supporting contests, academic scholarships and grant submissions, call for papers (cfps) and abstract submission, award submissions, fellowships, and related processes.

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OpenWater has become a go-to solution for collecting, managing, and judging applications, grants, and awards. Users find the software to …
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What is OpenWater?

OpenWater headquartered in Arlington offers their awards management and submissions software, supporting contests, academic scholarships and grant submissions, call for papers (cfps) and abstract submission, award submissions, fellowships, and related processes.

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OpenWater Scholarships is an all-in-one system capable of handling the most demanding scholarship programs. From intake to review to selection, OpenWater Scholarships handles it all.

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Inés Prieto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
We use this software for our institute's competitions and awards ceremony and we have been able to find just what we needed. A software that helps us to have all the information of the participants, judges and administrative staff in one place.
  • It is a very easy to use software with a user friendly interface for all people regardless of their knowledge of programs. Our senior judges have been able to log in without any problems.
  • The technical support is excellent, as it has allowed us to clarify all doubts about the use and installation of the software, always helping us in everything.
  • It has very useful integrations and has the facility of linking to our pre-existing database.
  • We had problems with the installation of the software and its integrations, so it was necessary to call technical support, who attended us quickly and efficiently.
  • Some contestants complained of not being able to enter the system until after many attempts and not being able to fill out their information and forms efficiently, as the system deleted them.
  • It can be a little slow at times in software, when there is more than one user in the system, but this happened only a few times.
This software is highly recommended to all schools, institutions and companies that carry out contests and awards, as it will speed up the selection, evaluation, awards and rewards tasks. It allows the entire contest to be done digitally, saving a lot of time and costs.
  • Quality technical support focused on user care and satisfaction.
  • User-friendly design and user-friendly interface, which allows a smooth navigation throughout the software.
  • Very well elaborated reports with all the information required.
  • This is a software that has been very useful in our institution so that contests and awards can be done digitally, without so many physical documents, saving the company money on paper, printing, etc., in addition to streamlining the work of administrative staff.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
OpenWater helps us in managing online events and competitions which are end to end managed on the OpenWater platform with participants and judges all accessing a single platform for the same. Earlier we used to have disparate applications or manual efforts to arrange such events. It also keeps a track of earlier events and awards making it easier to plan such events.
  • An omniChannel platform for end-to-end digital event management.
  • Easy to use and intuitive user interface which works well for new users as well.
  • Best support system which is very responsive for any problems or issues.
  • The reporting capabilities can be improved to make analysis easier.
  • Customization is a bit difficult and requires help from OpenWater support and the solution team.
  • From an administration point of view, the interface and navigation can be simplified.
OpenWater is well suited for digital events, award programs that can be managed end to end on a single platform. It's easy to use and host those events on the OpenWater platform, also it's easy to track historical events hosted on the platform. The reporting and analysis provide great insights in optimizing events and great experience to everyone across the organization.
  • Event and Award Management.
  • Reporting.
  • Collaboration.
  • Removal of manual efforts in event management leading to low operating cost.
  • Optimization and delight to employees lead to increased productivity.
  • Ease of use which eliminates training cost and efforts.
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