Under the Hood

We’re a bunch of badass Scala, Lift and Angular developers who create scalable, secure engines that power online frameworks.

Collaboration Engines

Collaboration Engines are the software services that enable you to collaborate with others online—doing things like adding apples to a tree in a Prune the Product Tree forum or making bids in a Buy a Feature forum.

We’ve created four amazing engines: two are part of Weave now and two are leveraged by our professional services team and will be added to Weave as additionally licensable modules in the future.

Weave Engines

The Weave platform comprises the Idea Engine and the Decision Engine.

Idea Engine

Idea Engine uses the power of visual metaphors and visual thinking (vizthink) to structure collaboration. If you’ve got an image that helps you solve a problem you can make it a framework in Idea Engine.

Decision Engine

Decision Engine supports Participatory Budgeting, a process in which participants (employees, customers and other stakeholders) decide how to allocate budgets. The process supports feature prioritization, resource allocation, portfolio management and our philanthropic work at Every Voice Engaged Foundation.

Forthcoming Engines

Knowledge workers around the world constantly create new frameworks (See, for example, Navigating the Dozens of Different Strategy Options from Harvard Business Review).

When the existing Weave engines can’t support a framework we create a new engine. We offer these new engines as services to fine-tune their use. Then we integrate them into the Weave platform.

Here are two engines that Conteneo has created that support different kinds of problem solving frameworks. They are presently available through consulting engagements. Contact us if you’d like more information.

Alignment Engine (Knowsy®)

Alignment Engine helps teams identify and understand their individual priorities and find alignment—all though the power of collaboration.

Strategy Engine (Common Ground for Action)

Created in partnership with The Kettering Foundation, Strategy Engine enables teams to tackle complex, multi-faceted problems by asking them to consider the actions and drawbacks of potential courses of action and building an interactive visualization of where the team has a foundation for action.


Conteneo has created an API for Decision Engine. We intend to leverage our learning’s and release an entirely redesigned REST API to Weave. Contact us if you’d like to get involved in shaping this API.