UNICEF Launches Open Innovation Portal

470px-Emblem_of_the_United_Nations.svgUNICEF is hoping to do more to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people with a new open innovation initiative.

The global humanitarian charity has launched the CauseTech.net community and portal site where innovators, researchers, IT professionals, academics and others can work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.


Innovation to Put the Brakes on Texting While Driving

Texting_while_Driving_(March_28,_2013)It seems remarkable, but there is a significant number of drivers on the roads who are texting while on the move. Not surprisingly, there has been a rise in the number of crashes caused by those who are distracted while thumbing the keypads of their mobiles.

The problem got one Florida Atlantic University professor thinking, and he’s come up with an invention that can block a driver from sending or receiving texts messages while they are behind the wheel.


IdeaConnection Partners with Brightidea

This partnership allows Brightidea to offer their clients IdeaConnection’s many services, but in particular, the service of building proprietary open innovation community of experts, and research and development problem solving.

It also provides IdeaConnection’s clients with access to Brightidea’s Innovation Pipeline Management Platform.

In their joint press release, IdeaConnection’s Founder and CEO Scott Wurtele says “Brightidea has an impressive line up of Blue Chip customers who have expressed interest in building their own internal communities in order to eliminate the dependencies and additional cost of external marketplaces. Brightidea and IdeaConnection can do this.”

Brightidea’s CEO Matt Greeley explains, “The innovation grid is built on a network of connectors and integrations tied in and through Brightidea software to facilitate and capture the flow of new ideas that surface from inside and outside firewalls.”

Thanks to this partnership, IdeaConnection and Brightidea’s clients can benefit from the seamless flow of their projects between the services offered by each company.

An Invisible Paint to Keep Cyclists Safe

lpEvery year in many countries of the world, thousands of cyclists are injured or killed in road accidents.

Hoping to reduce the number of casualties is the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, which has come up with an innovative and invisible spray paint for bikes.  So, what’s the good of an invisible paint? (more…)

Key Trends in Crowdsourcing

Flat Idea lamp symbolize crowdsourcing process isolated on whiteThe latest figures are out and big businesses are giving crowdsourcing the big thumbs up.  Between 2013 and 2014 the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector increased crowdsourcing investment by 48%, making it the most active crowdsourced sector of last year.

That’s according to a new report, ‘The State of Crowdsourcing’ –  a study of Interbrand’s 100 best global brands in 2014 by crowdsourcing agency eYeka.


Crowdsourcing Cheese and Dairy Products

cowsAre you a connoisseur of cheese? A fan of fromage? Do you delight in dairy and shout louder for Gouda?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in the Oregon-based farmers who are now taking a crowdsourcing approach to business.  They are inviting customers to get involved with product development and more.


A Brief and Fascinating History of Electricity

Business man holding electricity light bolt in his handsSir Isaac Newton wasn’t the only brilliant person to have seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants.  The history of electrical research is littered with many giants who built on the work of previous generations of outstanding minds.  Their sparks of genius have filled our world with so many conveniences that it’s difficult to imagine a life without electricity.  But who were these outstanding individuals?

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has compiled a fascinating infographic charting some of the key names in the history of electricity and the impact of their work. (more…)

Can the Crowd Help Improve Prostate Cancer Outcomes?

Prostate CancerProstate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men in several countries according to the World Cancer Research Fund International.  And in recent years, incidence rates have increased dramatically.

To better predict survival, disease progression and treatment toxicity a new crowd-based project has been launched – The Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge.