COMDRIVE RFP: Community Driven Requests for Proposals
Funded by: IWT (Flanders), SME Innovation Project in collaboration with iChoosr BVBA
Duration: July 2009 - December 2010
Summary: When consumers want to buy a certain item on the internet today, they have to browse through literally hundreds of offerings and thousands of results on the Web and this number is expected to increase. The current model is vendor-driven, where vendors publish and offer their products online. iChoosr is developing an application that will work the other way around, i.e. consumers will be able to express the intent to buy a certain product in an interface and language they are comfortable with. This Personal RFP (Request For Proposals) platform will send out the request to a networked vendor infrastructure, which will respond to the request with proposals. This approach also avoids the user leaving his or her personal details on every site he or she visits. The architectural principles of the platform already align with the up and coming VRM movement, pioneered by the Harvard University Berkman Center (also known as the inventors of Creative Commons). iChoosr  intends to become the ﬁrst and foremost commercial VRM player in Europe.