Wearable Technologies for the Developing World

Chad-UNI121534_portraitThere is still time to enter the UNICEF Wearables for Good challenge, a global open innovation contest for innovative wearable technology ideas to improve lives for millions of families in less developed countries.

The competition was launched back in May and invites anyone anywhere to submit ideas that are cost-effective, efficient and sustainable, even if the technology doesn’t exist.  Big dreamers and their visions are wanted. (more…)

Open Innovation Water Challenge Seeks Novel Solutions

water1Do you have smart ideas about water reduction and reuse?  If so, GE and Statoil’s Sustainability Collaboration want to hear from you.

The American multinational and the Norwegian oil and gas company have combined forces to launch their second open innovation competition, “Reduced Use and Reuse of Water in Onshore Operations”. (more…)

Crowdsourcing Antibiotic Resistance Drugs

Human_neutrophil_ingesting_MRSAAntibiotic resistance is one of the biggest problems facing modern medicine today.  Some bacteria are naturally immune to the drugs that are thrown at them, while others lose sensitivity to their effects.

To help combat this problem, a crowdsourcing project is inviting chemists from all over the world to donate samples of compounds they have synthesized. (more…)

Unilever’s Crowdsourcing Campaign to Solve Sustainability Issues

BachalpseeflowersUnilever is on the hunt for new ways to tackle global sustainability problems.  The multinational company’s innovation platform, Unilever Foundry wants closer collaboration between consumers and innovators to solve key issues.

The initiative was announced recently at Lions Innovation in Cannes by Unilever senior vice president of global media Luis di Comolast.

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Data Mine for Gold and Pocket a Fortune

Gold-cat10xHere’s how you can strike it rich!  Up to one million Canadian dollars is up for grabs for anyone who can help the Integra Gold Corporation find gold.

The Integra Gold Rush Challenge is a crowdsourcing project that the company hopes will lead to the next big gold discovery at its Sigma-Lamaque gold property in Val-d’Or, Québec.

So how can you help? (more…)

How the Crowd Can Slay Cyber Trolls

twittInternet trolls can make life a misery for people on social media.  The cyber bullies hide behind their computers screens smothered in clouds of negativity spewing forth inflammatory and abusive messages.

Some countries are cracking down on the online abuse by introducing new laws, and now Twitter is giving its users a new weapon against malicious folk.  And it comes courtesy of the crowd. (more…)

Global Open Innovation Search for New First Aid Products

first-aid-kit-62643_640Have you got a burning idea for a new First Aid product, or can you improve on what’s already in First Aid kits and cabinets?

If so, you could potentially collect a $2,500 advance and 50% royalty fees if your idea makes it to market.

Edison Nation Medical, a US-based primary healthcare innovation marketplace wants your help in coming up with new First Aid product ideas.  It has embarked on a global search for new devices, technologies, applications and products in a broad range of categories. (more…)

Crowdsourcing to Aid Nepal Quake Relief Efforts

"Nepal Earthquake 2015 01" by Krish Dulal - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nepal_Earthquake_2015_01.jpg#/media/File:Nepal_Earthquake_2015_01.jpgAs with previous disasters that have struck different countries in recent times, the crowd is coming to the aid of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

Crowdsourcing is allowing digital volunteers to provide help from their laptops in a number of very important ways.  Some of the initiatives are being spearheaded by Nepalese to help their fellow citizens. (more…)