Crowdsourcing Contest to Repurpose Old Bridge

Danube_in_LinzSo, what do you do when you have a defunct railway bridge that is reaching the end of its technical life?  Tear it down, leave it to rot or something else?

If you’re Linz AG, the owner of the old bridge in Linz, Austria you launch a crowdsourcing contest for ideas of what to do with the crossing.

The 393-meter-long steel bridge, which spans the Danube River is 120 years old and no longer in use.  But such is its beauty and history that there are calls to preserve some, if not all of its parts.   (more…)

Can You Find Novel Applications for a New Membrane Technology?

novel-applications-for-new-membrane-technology-2050Calling all innovators and creative smarts. IdeaConnection has a fascinating innovation contest for you to get stuck into, from Strategic Allies.

The UK-based company is looking for novel applications for a new membrane material in a few specific industrial sectors of interest: automotive, packaging and dosing. If your solution is selected, €1,000 (approx. $US 1,000) is yours. (more…)

Crowd Accelerated Innovation from IdeaConnection

lbulbYou’re a company with a challenging problem and you want it solved. You get in touch what IdeaConnection and it pools together members of its global network of solvers to help. A few weeks later you have your brilliant solution.  Job done.

IdeaConnection has earned a stellar reputation for solving complex problems for its clients, including Fortune 500 companies.  Therefore, it may not surprise you to learn that in addition to its existing portfolio of open innovation approaches, it is taking the paradigm to the next level.  With its new industry challenges service, IdeaConnection’s solvers will proactively tackle industry-specific roadblocks to scientific, technological and engineering advances in any field. (more…)

Want to Solve a Problem? Involve some non-experts.

Interdisciplinary problem solvingHaving years of experience can help people tackle problems on an intuitive level.  If you’ve worked in an area for 20 years, you automatically know what potential solutions have a good chance of working, and which ones have a poor chance of working.

This skill can dramatically speed up the problem solving process, as it makes it less likely to waste time pursuing unproductive/unlikely solutions.  The downside is that the very know-how that drives intuition can also result in bias. (more…)

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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