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.

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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…)

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.

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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.

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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.