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Overview

Submittable powers you with tools to launch, measure, and grow social impact programs. From grants to corporate social responsibility...

OpenWater is a Washington, D.C. based Inc. 5000 company that works with associations through our Event Cloud virtual conference...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

10000

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

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No pricing info

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

128

5

4

3

2

1

97

25

5

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

4.7

45

5

4

3

2

1

32

13

0

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

It's a nice one-stop-shop for my submission materials and nice to be able to check the status of various submissions in the same place.
Excellent customer service and support. Very responsive to all my questions and those of applicants.
There are so many functionalities that are useful and I'm certain I'm only using a small portion of all that's available. I highly recommend this software as a solution for tracking submissions.

Pros

Overall, we love our experience with OpenWater and everything has been very positive. We highly recommend the product.
Amazing service - lightning quick responses...wow. Super helpful to have the judges watch videos right through the platform.
The OpenWater system has been great for our awards program. The applicants, judges, and our staff all find it easy to use and the support from OpenWater staff has been above and beyond.

Cons

Do I miss handling over and over sections of the application and loosing track when interrupted in the process when a click of a mouse brings me right back.
Do I miss being burdened by attempts to streamline or simplify a labor intensive process only to discover all the benefits of using Submittable.
I wish that the software pinged the various outlets using it when they haven't marked your application as "Rejected. It's annoying to see the submissions sitting there as "Pending" forever and ever.

Cons

There are so many things that can be done in Open Water and so many different ways to do them that sometimes it is difficult to teach others how to use the program.
And there is no testing feature- in order to test the application portal you must open the submission round. We also had to switch which staff would have super-user status since only two are allowed.
There are a lot of features, but they can be difficult to find, because they are hidden down different rabbit holes. It's not always intuitive to use.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review5 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review5 months ago

Key features

  • Total features121
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Management
  • Applicant Portal
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Artist Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendee Management
  • Awards Management
  • Badge Management
  • Blind Judging
  • Booking Management
  • Budget Control
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CRM
  • Campaign Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Conditional Logic
  • Conferences/Conventions
  • Conferencing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Donor Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Ticketing
  • Event Tracking
  • Exhibit/Vendor Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Film Festivals
  • For Grantmakers
  • For Marketers
  • For Music Festivals
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gamification
  • Grant Application Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Discovery
  • Grant Management
  • Guest Accreditation
  • Higher Education
  • Impact Measurement
  • Interview Management
  • Judging Management
  • Labeling
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Live Streaming
  • Magazines
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Language
  • Newspapers
  • Online Registration
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Tracking
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recommendations
  • Recording
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requirements Management
  • Reviewer Management
  • Reviewer Portal
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Sponsorship Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Tagging
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Ticketing
  • Vendor Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Lobby
  • Visitor Registration
  • Visual Analytics
  • Volunteer Management
  • Web Forms
  • Website Management
  • White Label
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features97
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Management
  • Applicant Portal
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Artist Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendee Management
  • Awards Management
  • Badge Management
  • Blind Judging
  • Booking Management
  • Budget Control
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CRM
  • Campaign Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Conditional Logic
  • Conferences/Conventions
  • Conferencing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Donor Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Ticketing
  • Event Tracking
  • Exhibit/Vendor Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Film Festivals
  • For Grantmakers
  • For Marketers
  • For Music Festivals
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gamification
  • Grant Application Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Discovery
  • Grant Management
  • Guest Accreditation
  • Higher Education
  • Impact Measurement
  • Interview Management
  • Judging Management
  • Labeling
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Live Streaming
  • Magazines
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Language
  • Newspapers
  • Online Registration
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Tracking
  • Personalization
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Recommendations
  • Recording
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requirements Management
  • Reviewer Management
  • Reviewer Portal
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Sponsorship Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Tagging
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Ticketing
  • Vendor Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Lobby
  • Visitor Registration
  • Visual Analytics
  • Volunteer Management
  • Web Forms
  • Website Management
  • White Label
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations8
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations22
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier