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Many corporations such as Apple, Toshiba, Texas Instruments, Philips, BASF, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, the BBC and Nokia have embraced open innovation, realizing the benefits of harnessing inventiveness from outside their corporate walls.


Here are some success stories that show how corporations from around the world have benefited from open innovation.

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Open Innovation and the World’s First Ever 3D Printed Car Design

Open Innovation and the World’s First Ever 3D Printed Car Design

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Local Motors, United States
Local Motors is successfully driving forward a change in how cars are designed by running competitions to find innovations. It is a process that appears to be working with novel designs coming off th...

Improving City Life with Crowdsourcing Apps Contest

Improving City Life with Crowdsourcing Apps Contest

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New Cities Foundation, France
Tightly focused contests with a narrow scope and a clear set of guidelines can be a boon to organizations and companies that operate them. With clear objectives in mind, innovators can concentrate t...

Crowdsourcing Solutions to Global Problems with NASA

Crowdsourcing Solutions to Global Problems with NASA

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NASA, United States
The space agency NASA has long been a fan of open collaboration and of working with the crowd to solve some of the many technical hurdles it faces in pioneering the frontiers of space. By bringing a ...

Turning to the Crowd for the Next Big Jewish Idea

Turning to the Crowd for the Next Big Jewish Idea

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The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, United States
In 2011 the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles embarked on an open innovation search for a big idea that could help mobilize the Jewish community. So, the <a href="http://www.thenextbigjewishidea.com/" ...

Air France’s Open Innovation Approach Takes Off

Air France’s Open Innovation Approach Takes Off

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Air France, France
Despite the many advantages of tapping into the brain power of the crowd, some enterprises experience nothing but frustration. They throw out a challenge and receive a tidal wave of solutions from eve...

Fresh Banking Ideas Sought from the Crowd

Fresh Banking Ideas Sought from the Crowd

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Westpac, New Zealand
Crowdsourcing with consumers comes with numerous benefits: increased innovation capacity, a flow of new ideas, reduced innovation risk and accelerated time to market with new products and services to ...

Crowdsourcing Competitions to Find Solutions to Robocalls Misery

Crowdsourcing Competitions to Find Solutions to Robocalls Misery

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Federal Trade Commission , United States
Technology marches on at breakneck speeds with the promise of making our lives easier and better. However, technology can also be a pain in the neck. It is technology that we have to blame for roboc...

New York Hotel Designed by the Crowd

New York Hotel Designed by the Crowd

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Prodigy Network, United States
One of the boons of open innovation contests is that by setting ambitious goals, participants raise their game to find solutions. We have seen it time and again in historic competitions such as the L...

How Open Innovation Helped to Create a Billion Dollar Brand

How Open Innovation Helped to Create a Billion Dollar Brand

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Procter and Gamble, United States
Febreze is a brand of odor eliminator that started out as a fabric refresher and has since become a multi-product success story, branching out into such categories as plug-in oils, odor eliminating ca...

How the Crowd is Exploring the Moon

How the Crowd is Exploring the Moon

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Zooniverse, United Kingdom
The last time humans set foot on the moon was in 1972 with Apollo 17, the final mission of the Apollo lunar landing program. Since astronaut Eugene Cernan climbed back into the lunar module Challenge...

Open Innovation Boost for the Future of Education

Open Innovation Boost for the Future of Education

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Microsoft, United States
The power of the crowd can achieve great things when smart brains come together to work on ways to bring about meaningful changes in society. Their ideas, once put into action can make a terrific imp...

Wine Region Elicits Crowd Help for Architectural Project

Wine Region Elicits Crowd Help for Architectural Project

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Mendoza Art District, Argentina
The Province of Mendoza, Argentina, in South America is the center of the world-renowned Argentinian wine industry, a desert region with an artificial irrigation system that supports mile after mile o...

 Next Generation Medical Innovation Via Open Innovation

Next Generation Medical Innovation Via Open Innovation

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United States Army, United States
No one organisation, company or outfit has the monopoly on great ideas, a fact recognized by an ever increasing number of public and private sector outfits that are turning to the crowd for inspiratio...

Crowdsourcing Historic Ships to Improve Climate Modelling

Crowdsourcing Historic Ships to Improve Climate Modelling

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Zooniverse, United Kingdom
“Many hands make light work”, the old saying goes. Today’s open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives demonstrate how this is so. They utilize the smarts of the crowd to solve problems and br...

Harnessing the Crowd to End Climate Change

Harnessing the Crowd to End Climate Change

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The MIT Climate CoLab , United States
When smart people from diverse backgrounds get together and pool their intellectual resources, the results can be truly phenomenal. Free from corporate or university constraints they can work indepen...

Open Innovation Solutions for Mental Health Problems in the Developing World

Open Innovation Solutions for Mental Health Problems in the Developing World

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Scientists Without Borders, United States
The power of the crowd and open innovation may well be helping businesses solve their problems, innovate and develop new products, but the benefits don’t end there. Soliciting the contribution of d...

Open Innovation to Future-Proof a Business Model

Open Innovation to Future-Proof a Business Model

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Valora, Switzerland
In looking ahead to the future, Swiss-based company Valora realized that one of its business wings could soon run into trouble. The company operates the majority of kiosks (called “k kiosks” in S...

New Product Lines with Open Innovation

New Product Lines with Open Innovation

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AkzoNobel, Netherlands
AkzoNobel, is a Dutch multinational that creates decorative paints, performance coatings and specialty chemicals. For a number of years it has been very active in the open innovation space looking fo...

Working with the Crowd to Solve Civic Issues

Working with the Crowd to Solve Civic Issues

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The City of San Francisco, United States
Open innovation is providing communities in numerous countries with the means to start to affect change in their localities. Not only as a way to report civic problems but also to ideate, design, dev...

Open Innovation Achieves when Traditional Procurement Fails to Deliver

Open Innovation Achieves when Traditional Procurement Fails to Deliver

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs, United Kingdom
In January 2014, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Chellenge.gov open innovation portal was recognized for the leading part it is playing in innovation. The website beat 600 applicants to ...

Reducing Flight Fuel Costs with Open Innovation

Reducing Flight Fuel Costs with Open Innovation

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General Electric (GE), United States
Idea contests are a popular form of open innovation that capture the imagination of brilliant minds and focus the attention on speeding up innovation outcomes. General Electric (GE) is a prominent ...

General Mills Develops Two New Food Products with Open Innovation Partners

General Mills Develops Two New Food Products with Open Innovation Partners

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General Mills, United States
General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies is no stranger to letting the outside in. Since 2007 when the global company launched the General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network (G-Win)...

Crowdsourcing Competition for Breakthrough Clean Energy Solutions

Crowdsourcing Competition for Breakthrough Clean Energy Solutions

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The MIT Clean Energy Prize , United States
Enticed by the lure of valuable funding, exposure and the chance to network with key industry players, dozens of student groups submitted their clean energy solutions to a prestigious annual competiti...

Crowdsourcing projects Transforms Old Library into an Arts Center

Crowdsourcing projects Transforms Old Library into an Arts Center

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Volunteers, United Kingdom
Crowdsourcing has been embraced by a number of cities and communities around the world as a way of funding or developing local projects, to solve issues and incorporate citizens more in the decisions ...

Financial Institution Banks on Crowdsourcing Success

Financial Institution Banks on Crowdsourcing Success

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Sberbank, Russian
Sberbank is the largest bank in Russia and one of the biggest in Europe. Since 2009 this huge financial institution has been using crowdsourcing methodologies to innovate products and services and ga...

 Global Open Innovation Contest for City Landmark

Global Open Innovation Contest for City Landmark

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City Planning Department, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki’s South Harbor area is an important gateway to the city and country. It’s the largest passenger harbor in Finland and an area that’s very close to the center of Helsinki, “an essenti...

X PRIZE Contest Finds Breakthrough Oil Cleanup Technology

X PRIZE Contest Finds Breakthrough Oil Cleanup Technology

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Elastec, United States
An innovation competition is a tried and tested way of providing new concepts for a company’s product pipeline or to solve technical challenges, with contests ranging from the relatively easy to see...

The Force is Strong with this Crowdsourcing Contest

The Force is Strong with this Crowdsourcing Contest

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Pringles/Star Wars, United States
When you have access to a source of creative external brainpower what do you do with it? Many companies have embraced open innovation and crowdsourcing to create new products, refine existing ones or...

Open Innovation Partnership Leads to Breakthrough Laundry Product

Open Innovation Partnership Leads to Breakthrough Laundry Product

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Procter and Gamble/MonoSol, United States
Procter and Gamble is one of the world’s biggest and most successful consumer products companies. In recent years it has been widely lauded for its Connect and Develop program. This is an open inn...

Crowdsourcing Quests for Better Hospitals and More Efficient Flying

Crowdsourcing Quests for Better Hospitals and More Efficient Flying

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General Electric (GE), United States
Instead of hiring a crack team of researchers to improve upon or develop new algorithms, some companies are turning to the crowd and setting up prize-based competitions instead. One of the most famou...

Innovative Saline Bag Wins Open Innovation Contest for its Life-Saving Potential

Innovative Saline Bag Wins Open Innovation Contest for its Life-Saving Potential

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Fosmo Med Inc., United States
Nobody knows when and where the next brilliant idea is going to come from - the product that will make our lives easier and disrupt a market, or the solution to a technical challenge that's holding a ...

Open Innovation and the Future of Rocket Design

Open Innovation and the Future of Rocket Design

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DIYRockets, United States
Venturing out into space whether through unmanned probes or aboard rockets and shuttles is no longer the preserve of large government institutions. The final frontier is the new frontier as numerous ...

Heineken’s Global Search for Beer Concepts for Senior Citizens

Heineken’s Global Search for Beer Concepts for Senior Citizens

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Heineken, Netherlands
To gather fresh product ideas and widen the pool of creative inputs to its innovation efforts, Dutch brewing group Heineken created <a href="https://www.ideasbrewery.com/AgeGate/" target=_blank>Ideas ...

Colourful Crowdsourcing Solution to Breast Cancer Challenges

Colourful Crowdsourcing Solution to Breast Cancer Challenges

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The DREAM Project, United States
From studying the fundamental causes of diseases to tracking the spread of epidemics and searching for planets outside our solar system, open innovation is help to provide key scientific insights. ...

Open Innovation Call for Healthy Ageing Concepts

Open Innovation Call for Healthy Ageing Concepts

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Mayo Clinic, United States
Sadly for us mere mortals there’s no such thing as an elixir of immortality, but that doesn't stop people from looking for solutions to keep us healthy and active for as long as possible. In 2013...

Open Innovation Energy Contest Yields Breakthrough Ideas

Open Innovation Energy Contest Yields Breakthrough Ideas

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U.S. Energy Department , United States
With the energy and utility bills changing wildly over the years - usually going in the upwards direction rather than downwards - and concerns about the health of the planet, there has never been a gr...

New York’s Open Innovation Search for Big Ideas

New York’s Open Innovation Search for Big Ideas

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), United States
“Entrepreneurs are the pioneers, the visionaries, the game changers that drive innovation and create new and exciting businesses that sustain the vibrancy of any city,” said Seth. W. Pinsky, Presi...

Student Crowdsourcing Project Delivers World-Changing Ideas

Student Crowdsourcing Project Delivers World-Changing Ideas

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Dell/University of Texas at Austin, United States
Using the principles of crowdsourcing, numerous organizations are encouraging social innovators to work together on their big ideas to change the world. Ever since 2007, the Dell Social Innovation ...

Open Innovation Challenge Yields Novel E-Waste Management Solutions

Open Innovation Challenge Yields Novel E-Waste Management Solutions

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OpenIDEO
People love gadgets. When new smartphones, iPad and laptop incarnations hit the shops, shelves are emptied within hours. But happy and content consumers leads to problems as old electronics are disca...

Creative Children and their Dream Machines

Creative Children and their Dream Machines

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MyMachine, Belgium
Children are often creating, dreaming and imagining. Theirs is a world of endless possibilities, but rarely do they get an opportunity to turn their wildest dreams into reality. Until now that is, a...

The Power and Potential of People-Centered Innovation

The Power and Potential of People-Centered Innovation

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European Commission, Belgium
When problems beset society, the clamour for solutions is loud and prolonged. Explanations and resolutions are demanded from politicians and public institutions, yet there is often dissatisfaction wit...

Breakthrough Open Innovation with Internal Teams

Breakthrough Open Innovation with Internal Teams

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Bupa, United Kingdom
Open innovation is not only about bringing the outside in. The paradigm is also a means of engaging those on the inside. Leveraging the creativity and smarts of employees is an effective way for fir...

Crowdsourcing Global Development Goals

Crowdsourcing Global Development Goals

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The United Nations
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the 2000 United Nations Millennium Summit. They have galvanized global attention and ...

Open Innovation Gives Lifetime Brands a $50 Million Boost

Open Innovation Gives Lifetime Brands a $50 Million Boost

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Lifetime Brands, United States
Lifetime Brands, a North American company that designs, develops and markets a range of branded kitchenware, home and lifestyle products regularly seeks outside innovation. It recognizes there are lo...

Open Innovation Collaboration Leads to an Eco-Friendly Paints Range

Open Innovation Collaboration Leads to an Eco-Friendly Paints Range

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AkzoNobel, Netherlands
Open innovation comes in many forms from crowdsourcing design and product naming contests to tech scouting, partnerships, technical problem solving challenges and more. The use of diverse, external ...

Facebook Games Fights Killer Fungus

Facebook Games Fights Killer Fungus

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), United Kingdom
When it comes to biological emergencies scientists need all the help they can get. Faced with a potential epidemic, the need for answers and strategies is crucial, yet sometimes the snail-like pace t...

The Creativity of the Crowd Gives Canada a Boost

The Creativity of the Crowd Gives Canada a Boost

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Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), Canada
One of the many things that crowdsourcing has going for it is the ability to fire up the passion of an interested group and galvanize people to get creative for a common goal. Marketers have cottoned...

Open Innovation and Publishing's New Chapter

Open Innovation and Publishing's New Chapter

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Unbound Publishing, United Kingdom
Open innovation is helping to change the landscape within numerous industries, from medicine to mechanical engineering, aviation to agriculture. It’s also causing some ripples in the publishing wor...

Domino’s Pizza Cooks Up Delivery Vehicle Open Innovation Contest

Domino’s Pizza Cooks Up Delivery Vehicle Open Innovation Contest

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Domino's Pizza, United States
Domino’s Pizza has a reputation for innovating pizza delivery services. It came up with the Heatwave Bag (heated bag to deliver oven-fresh pizzas) and the corrugated pizza box among other innovatio...

Crowdsourcing and Colonoscopies: The Benefits of Distributed Knowledge for Cancer Diagnosis

Crowdsourcing and Colonoscopies: The Benefits of Distributed Knowledge for Cancer Diagnosis

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National Institutes of Health, United States
In many industries computers and software programs do some of the heavy lifting and enhance the capabilities of workers. Medicine is just one of many areas to have benefited from smart technologies. ...

Open Innovation and the Power of Health Data

Open Innovation and the Power of Health Data

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Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Engineering, United States
The world is swimming with data - long reams of statistics, charts, graphs, and analyses. More of it is available to the general public than ever before as government institutions and organisations ...

Crowdsourcing to Engage the Electorate

Crowdsourcing to Engage the Electorate

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Kevin Rudd/DesignCrowd, Australia
To win elections politicians need recognition and votes. It’s a simple enough formula. But how do you engage and reach parts of the electorate that might otherwise not know you exist or care little...

Crowdsourcing the Education Needs of the World

Crowdsourcing the Education Needs of the World

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Education for All, France
In 2012 UNESCO teamed up with mobile phone company Nokia and nonprofit organization Pearson Foundation to launch the eight month long 'Education for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge'. The aim was ...

Crowdsourcing to Save Lives

Crowdsourcing to Save Lives

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Penn Medicine, United States
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are portable electronic devices that can save lives by jump starting a heart in cardiac arrest and returning it to its normal rhythm. In the United States, as...

Open Innovation Accelerates Green Giant Product Innovation

Open Innovation Accelerates Green Giant Product Innovation

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General Mills, United States
The innovation landscape has changed. There are fewer companies today that think they can go it alone or that they have a monopoly on ideas and solutions. Open innovation is moving from the margin t...

Crowdsourcing to Create a Disruptive Approach to Building Military Vehicles

Crowdsourcing to Create a Disruptive Approach to Building Military Vehicles

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DARPA, United States
In 2010 the US Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a major program to crowdsource the next generation of infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) through a ...

Co-Creating with Consumers Puts a Sparkle in a Soft Drinks Brand

Co-Creating with Consumers Puts a Sparkle in a Soft Drinks Brand

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PepsiCo, United States
Product naming, labeling and package designing competitions are all the rage and a fun way for consumer-facing companies to engage their customers and attract some new ones. The rules are simple, par...

Crowdsourcing the Recruitment Process

Crowdsourcing the Recruitment Process

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Code Together, United States
Crowdsourcing can be an effective recruitment tool that draws the brightest and most able people. By posting competitions to assorted groups companies can see who is coming up with the most intellige...

Crowdsourcing at the Bottom of the Sea

Crowdsourcing at the Bottom of the Sea

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NEPTUNE Canada/University of Victoria, Canada
Thanks to the power of the Internet hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens all over the world are helping scientists with their research endeavors. There are many citizen science initiatives cove...

Open Innovation Cooks up New Frozen Vegetables Line

Open Innovation Cooks up New Frozen Vegetables Line

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General Mills and Burley Foods, United States
General Mills is one of the leading practitioners of open innovation, a multinational corporation that has worked with innovators beyond its walls for a number of years. Its primary focus is on food ...

Open Innovation to Unclog Cairo’s Roads

Open Innovation to Unclog Cairo’s Roads

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The Cairo Transport App Challenge, Egypt
The Cairo metropolitan area like those of so many other busy cities across the world experiences daily problems with congestion. It increases travel time, has adverse affects on air quality and publi...

Crowdsourcing Discoveries in Deep Space

Crowdsourcing Discoveries in Deep Space

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Galaxy Zoo, United States
From tracking comets and studying galaxies to designing drug molecules and searching for extraterrestrial life, members of the public are increasingly getting involved in scientific research. Cit...

Crowdsourcing Potato Chip Flavors Boosts Sales

Crowdsourcing Potato Chip Flavors Boosts Sales

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Simba, South Africa
Crowdsourcing contests are smart PR tools in addition to being valuable means of innovating. They have been enthusiastically embraced by some customer-facing companies as a way to market their brand...

Novel Apps to Boost Fuel Economy

Novel Apps to Boost Fuel Economy

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US Government, United States
In countries across the world, local, regional and national governments continue to release their data to empower citizens, improve public services, and spur innovation and economic growth. Data-sets ...

Hackathon to Create Autism Apps

Hackathon to Create Autism Apps

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AT&T/Autism Speaks, United States
Hackathons are about getting things done. They are open innovation events where short bursts of intense activity by diverse groups of people tackle challenges and innovate. There are hackathons ...

Global Community of Scientists Tackles Fungal Invasion

Global Community of Scientists Tackles Fungal Invasion

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John Innes Center/Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom
Ash dieback is a fungal disease that can wipe out whole woods of ash trees. It is caused by an aggressive pathogen known as Chalara fraxinea that first emerged in Poland in the 1990s and has swept ac...

Schools Get Creative with Crowdsourced Sneaker Competition

Schools Get Creative with Crowdsourced Sneaker Competition

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Vans, United States
The Vans Custom Culture Contest is a crowdsourcing competition for high school students in the USA. It encourages them to give vent to their creative passions by coming up with original designs for s...

International DJ Crowdsources a Pop Song

International DJ Crowdsources a Pop Song

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Avicii, Sweden
Lennon and McCartney, Goffin and King, Simon and Garfunkel, the pop landscape is littered with successful musical collaborations. So how about a new one - the world and DJ Avicii? The Swedish house...

Novel Concepts at the Philips Innovation Open Contest

Novel Concepts at the Philips Innovation Open Contest

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Philips, Netherlands
Consumer electronics behemoth Philips has long understood that great ideas can come from anywhere, not just company employees. It is the driving thought behind ‘Simply Innovate’ the open innovati...

Flying High with Open Innovation and the Future of Hand Luggage

Flying High with Open Innovation and the Future of Hand Luggage

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Lufthansa, Germany
German airline company Lufthansa frequently reaches out to the crowd for innovative ideas to enhance its passenger and freight services. It has long valued co-creation with consumers as a way to deve...

Open Innovation to Help Prevent Mass Atrocities

Open Innovation to Help Prevent Mass Atrocities

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USAID and Humanity United, United States
<a href="http://thetechchallenge.org" target=_blank>The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention</a> is a global open innovation initiative that is seeking novel technology-based solutions to deal with ...

Open Innovation Contest Seeks Novel Bike Designs for Africa

Open Innovation Contest Seeks Novel Bike Designs for Africa

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Cycling out of Poverty, Netherlands
The Wiki-Bike African Design contest was an open innovation project to create sustainable bicycle designs made from environmentally friendly and locally sourced materials. The principle aim was to su...

Philips Wins $10 Million Prize for Energy Efficient Light Bulb of the Future

Philips Wins $10 Million Prize for Energy Efficient Light Bulb of the Future

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Philips, Netherlands
Competitions spur innovation like nothing else, a fact not lost on the US government when it launched a multi-million dollar contest for environmentally friendly light bulbs. The L-Prize, also know...

Crowdsourcing Helps Tackle a Killer E. coli Outbreak

Crowdsourcing Helps Tackle a Killer E. coli Outbreak

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Councils (BBSRC), United Kingdom
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is a common bacterium that lives in the human gut. Most strains are harmless and some are beneficial, for example, by helping us to digest our food. Occasionally though th...

Open Innovation Help for Future Mars Missions

Open Innovation Help for Future Mars Missions

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NASA, United States
With the American space agency NASA feeling the financial pinch it has had to reformulate some of its planned exploration of Mars. Budget cuts meant a partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA)...

Open Innovation Speeds Up Development of a General Mills Snack Product

Open Innovation Speeds Up Development of a General Mills Snack Product

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General Mills, United States
"I think the emphasis on open innovation has really broadened the minds of a lot of the people in our technical organization and across the company," said Jeff Resch, senior scientist, General Mills. ...

Jewelry Brand’s Co-Creation Initiative to Reach New Markets

Jewelry Brand’s Co-Creation Initiative to Reach New Markets

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Tanishq, India
Tanishq is one of India’s largest jewelry brands, primarily selling pieces to affluent women in the 40-plus age bracket. To help it reach out to a new audience of young working women it held an ope...

Iceland Crowdsources its Constitution

Iceland Crowdsources its Constitution

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Iceland's Constitutional Council, Iceland
Open innovation is founded on two fundamental precepts – that a problem has already been solved somewhere else in the world and that organisations can access expertise beyond their borders (smarter ...

Walmart Hosts Open Innovation ‘Talent’ Contest for New Products

Walmart Hosts Open Innovation ‘Talent’ Contest for New Products

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Walmart, United States
Space on a Walmart shelf is a rare and much sought after thing. Every year thousands of would-be vendors make countless pitches to the American multinational retail chain hoping to convince sales team...

 Crowd Revved Up by BMW Open Innovation Contest

Crowd Revved Up by BMW Open Innovation Contest

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BMW, Germany
The way that cars are made hasn’t changed for generations. Companies employ designers who dream up a few models, then people higher up the corporate food chain give the green light to those they fe...

Lockheed Martin’s Open Innovation Search for Cool Ideas

Lockheed Martin’s Open Innovation Search for Cool Ideas

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Lockheed Martin, United States
The American global aerospace, defense and security company Lockheed Martin has a long tradition of breakthrough innovations in numerous fields. To mark its 100th anniversary in 2012 the defense cont...

Crowdsourcing to Spot Future Trends and Help Mobile Phone Giant to Stay Relevant

Crowdsourcing to Spot Future Trends and Help Mobile Phone Giant to Stay Relevant

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Nokia Corporation, Finland
Staying ahead of the curve requires companies to envisage more than just what the future will look like. If they are involved in innovation they must foresee how they will design and define that futu...

Chemical Company Uses Social Media to Boost Innovation

Chemical Company Uses Social Media to Boost Innovation

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Evonik Industries , Germany
Social media can be a valuable resource for companies. It can be used to: 1) Test products and services to identify any weaknesses 2) Develop solutions to those problems 3) Come up with product...

World-Beating Green Ideas to Help the Planet

World-Beating Green Ideas to Help the Planet

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Postcode Lottery, Netherlands
Since 2007, the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge has been providing an open innovation contest platform to encourage and help social entrepreneurs develop innovative and sustainable products and servi...

Open Innovation Helps the Hunt for the Universe's Missing Material

Open Innovation Helps the Hunt for the Universe's Missing Material

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NASA , United States
One of open innovation’s towering strengths is that it encourages people who normally focus on problems in specific fields to apply their techniques to solving challenges in completely different dis...

Technological Solutions to Help Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Technological Solutions to Help Prevent Human Rights Abuses

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Amnesty International, United Kingdom
The threats posed by international terrorism have led to countries all over the world beefing up their security to protect their citizens. In some places this has come at the cost of basic human righ...

Audi Looks to the Future of Car Production

Audi Looks to the Future of Car Production

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Audi, Germany
For the last decade open innovation has been helping an increasing number of companies to speed up their innovation processes and get more products to market in quicker time frames. But this valuabl...

Open Innovation at the US Department of Health and Human Services

Open Innovation at the US Department of Health and Human Services

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US Department of Health and Human Services, United States
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) holds a series of open innovation contests for its employees that could provide a model for other organisations. In particular, those looking to i...

Open Innovation Provides Sanitation Solutions in Ghana

Open Innovation Provides Sanitation Solutions in Ghana

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CleanTeam, Ghana
The lack of proper sanitation in the home and in public areas is a serious health concern in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city. Many households do not have their own toilets and the range of sani...

Driving Innovation for Future Transport Needs

Driving Innovation for Future Transport Needs

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Bombardier Transportation, Canada
Bombardier Transportation was the first company in the rail industry to engage with open innovation when it launched a web-based contest in 2009 that invited people to share their ideas for the future...

Fan Designed Football Kit Shows Business the Promise of Social Media Communities

Fan Designed Football Kit Shows Business the Promise of Social Media Communities

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Olympique Marseille, France
Online social media communities are playing an increasingly visible role in helping companies to ideate, innovate and solve problems. In addition, a loyal and engaged online consumer base can pay enor...

Students Deliver World-Class Solutions in Global Innovation Challenge

Students Deliver World-Class Solutions in Global Innovation Challenge

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Innovation Challenge, United States
Getting some of the best student minds in the world to work on pressing business and social innovation challenges is the intent of the annual Global Innovation Challenge. For more than ten years this...

Novel Sustainable Living Solutions from the Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition

Novel Sustainable Living Solutions from the Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition

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Dow Chemical Company, United States
A versatile, cost-effective, and elegant living space for residential and commercial occupancy, covered by solar panels and that can pay for itself in less than 14 years was the winner of the Dow Sola...

 Open Innovation Search for Innovate Diabetes Solutions

Open Innovation Search for Innovate Diabetes Solutions

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Sanofi-Aventis US, United States
To build on the success of its 2011 open innovation competition to look for innovative concepts to make life easier for people living with diabetes, Global healthcare provider Sanofi US once again tu...

Boosting the Pace of Scientific Discovery with Open Innovation

Boosting the Pace of Scientific Discovery with Open Innovation

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Boehringer Ingelheim , Germany
In its search for a model to accurately predict the biological responses of molecules, pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim turned to an online science community to ask it to come up with an al...

Sneaker Company Experiments with Filtering the Crowd

Sneaker Company Experiments with Filtering the Crowd

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Simple Shoes, United States
Simple Shoes is a Santa Barbara sneaker company that in 2010 experimented with a crowdsourcing contest that challenged freelance creative professionals to outperform a creative agency. 'Simple Shoe...

How Open Innovation Can Shake-Up Auditing and Accounting

How Open Innovation Can Shake-Up Auditing and Accounting

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TeamMate, United States
Yes, open innovation can accelerate the pace of innovation, design better products and services and provide access to good and perhaps even better ideas. But its potential isn't just confined to R&D a...

Speech Therapy Apps Benefit from an Open Innovation Approach

Speech Therapy Apps Benefit from an Open Innovation Approach

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Smarty Ears, United States
Smarty Ears is a developer of iPad apps for speech therapy and communication and uses open innovation to increase the number of ideas it gets to market and to accelerate the product development cycle....

On the Road with the UK’s First Crowdsourced Car

On the Road with the UK’s First Crowdsourced Car

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Citroen, France
According to motor giant Citroen its C1 Connexion is the UK’s first crowdsourced car. Featuring the slogan ‘You like it, we make it’ the car company collaborated with Facebook on an app th...

Crowdsourcing to Create Better Futures in Minnesota

Crowdsourcing to Create Better Futures in Minnesota

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Minnesota Community Foundation, United States
Inspired by the open innovation and crowdsourcing endeavors of others such as MyStarbucks.com and the X Prize Foundation, the Minnesota Community Foundation decided to get its own project underway to ...

Lego Cuusoo: Innovating with the Crowd

Lego Cuusoo: Innovating with the Crowd

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Lego, Denmark
Lego is an open innovation pioneer, one of the first companies to develop practices and platforms to engage external contributors to innovation processes. Being open to the ideas of others has helped...

Co-Creation with Children Brings New Product to Market

Co-Creation with Children Brings New Product to Market

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Kellogg Company, United States
Co-creation is the open innovation approach that is now the focus of increasing attention from the business community as companies seek to capitalize on the intelligence and creativity of their consum...

Volvo Co-Creates an SUV with Consumers

Volvo Co-Creates an SUV with Consumers

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Volvo, Sweden
When co-creating with the crowd a company needs to decide how involved it wants outsiders to be, whether they are going to help with a specific one-off challenge or maintain a continuous presence thro...

Crowdsourcing Game Design Energises Consumers

Crowdsourcing Game Design Energises Consumers

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Putter King LLC, Japan
The relationships between brands and their audiences are evolving as fans, followers and customers have the time, inclination and desire to become involved at a deeper level with their favourite compa...

Co-Creating with Consumers Generates Wins for Kraft Foods

Co-Creating with Consumers Generates Wins for Kraft Foods

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Kraft Foods, United States
The emergence of co-creation as a new form of open innovation engagement with consumers is a trend that is becoming hard to ignore. For product development, innovation and strategic thinking it can h...

Going for Gold with Open Innovation

Going for Gold with Open Innovation

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DSM, Netherlands
Multinational life sciences and materials sciences-based company DSM launched an open innovation contest in 2011 that invited creative thinkers and innovators to design a sporting innovation using the...

The Crowd Remakes a Movie Classic

The Crowd Remakes a Movie Classic

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Starwarsuncut.com, United States
The evil Galactic Empire hasn’t seen anything like it. The force is with the crowd as Star Wars fans from all over the world have created a complete crowdsourced version of the 1977 sci-fi classic ...

Crowdfunding Community Projects

Crowdfunding Community Projects

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Spacehive, United Kingdom
For cash strapped cities suffering from ever shrinking budgets, the crowds and their pockets are coming to the rescue. In an age of austerity, urban loving and enterprising individuals are employing...

Philips Reaps the Benefits of Collaborating with Consumers

Philips Reaps the Benefits of Collaborating with Consumers

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Philips, Netherlands
To make the most of co-creating with consumers companies should view the practice as much more than market research, and engage the crowd in meaningful ways. Using it as simply a marketing exercise o...

Big Ideas to Boost Innovation in Africa

Big Ideas to Boost Innovation in Africa

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Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS²) , Kenya
There is no shortage of innovators and creative talents across the African continent. However, there are a number of factors that make it more difficult for their innovations and ideas to see the lig...

Nivea Co-Creates with the Crowd to Eliminate Stain Problem

Nivea Co-Creates with the Crowd to Eliminate Stain Problem

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Nivea, Germany
The concept of co-creation, seeking ideas and information from a group of people to help develop a product is an offshoot of open innovation and crowdsourcing, and typically involves consumers in nich...

Open Innovation Gets Your Motor Running

Open Innovation Gets Your Motor Running

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Factory Five, United States
One of the many advantages of open innovation is that a company can tap into a deep well of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm of members of the crowd wherever they may be in the world. Provided parti...

How Swarovski Capitalized on the Crowd

How Swarovski Capitalized on the Crowd

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Swarovski, Austria
Embarking on open innovation opportunities with customers offers a company or brand new thinking, fresh perspectives, untapped ideas and publicity. Swarovski the cut crystal and luxury products ret...

Open Innovation Approach to keep Track of Anything

Open Innovation Approach to keep Track of Anything

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Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, HYVE and RWTH Aachen University, Germany
M2M (machine to machine communications) is considered to be an emerging field where state-of-the-art communications technology allows devices to communicate with each other. As such it is ripe for op...

Smart Ideas for Plastics Processing

Smart Ideas for Plastics Processing

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Reifenhauser, Germany
Idea contests have given the world many new ideas and novel concepts. They’ve helped us navigate the high seas (thanks to John Harrison’s marine chronometer) sent numerous planes and airships acr...

Building a Local House with the 100 Mile Home Ideas Contest

Building a Local House with the 100 Mile Home Ideas Contest

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Architecture Foundation of British Columbia, Canada
If you want environmental, technical or economic issues tackled just call on the crowd for swift, innovative and cost effective solutions. The crowd is used to solve a large variety of challenges w...

Ingenious Solutions for Security Challenges

Ingenious Solutions for Security Challenges

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Global Security Challenge - 2011, United Kingdom
Every year the Global Security Challenge awards over $500,000 to entrepreneurs and innovators in the security fields who come up with ideas, technologies and innovations that make airports, cities and...

Show Off Your Apps with the National Library of Medicine

Show Off Your Apps with the National Library of Medicine

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National Library of Medicine (NLM), United States
Apps contests have the potential to transform seemingly dry data sets that barely see the light of day into ingenious programs that can provide better public services, easier access to information, a...

Creating a Green World with Open Innovation

Creating a Green World with Open Innovation

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ScrapLab, Thailand
The beauty of crowdsource design contests is that they provide a platform for creative types to showcase their talents, which can generate unique ideas and concepts at low cost that in some instances ...

Can $300 Change the World?

Can $300 Change the World?

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Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar, United States
It began as a challenge on a blog post on the ‘Harvard Business Review’ and thanks to a huge response from the public grew into a collection of 300 design submissions from all over the planet. ...

Vodafone Americas Foundation Announces 2012 Wireless Innovation Project Winners

Vodafone Americas Foundation Announces 2012 Wireless Innovation Project Winners

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Vodafone Americas Foundation, United States
Three Groundbreaking Mobile Innovations Target Critical Issues in Agriculture, Healthcare and Developing Economies The Vodafone Americas Foundation and mHealth Alliance are pleased to announce the...

Crowdsource Computer Game to Help Solve Global Health Problems

Crowdsource Computer Game to Help Solve Global Health Problems

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University of Washington, United States
Proteins are the building blocks of life, but they also play a part in many illnesses and conditions. Determining their structure is vital to understand the mechanisms by which diseases are caused an...

Siemens Smart Grid Innovation Contest

Siemens Smart Grid Innovation Contest

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Siemens, Germany
In 2005 the European Union adopted the Smart Grid concept to improve on energy efficiency and cut down on waste. But the power grids face a number of challenges, not least of which is an insufficient...

 Open Innovation Fuels BMW’s Ideation Process

Open Innovation Fuels BMW’s Ideation Process

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BMW, Germany
For car giant BMW, open innovation offers plenty of opportunities to increase its product pipeline and to integrate external ideas into its ideation process. One of its innovation approaches is the...

Open Innovation Gives Bus Stop a Makeover

Open Innovation Gives Bus Stop a Makeover

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University of Utah/Utah Transit Authority, United States
Crowdsourcing is a useful tool to gather ideas and concepts from diverse sources. Typically, participation is open to all and the crowd is usually characterized by several recognizable features: it i...

 The US Navy Taps the Crowd to Combat Marine Piracy

The US Navy Taps the Crowd to Combat Marine Piracy

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The Office of Naval Research, United States
There is a piracy crisis on the high seas, and according to many commentators it’s getting worse. Highly sophisticated pirate crews use the latest hi-tech equipment to locate and board ships and ta...

Global Company’s Strong Bonds with  Open Innovation

Global Company’s Strong Bonds with Open Innovation

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Henkel, Germany
When personal and home care company Henkel wanted innovative ideas and designs for packaging of its consumer adhesive products it appealed to the crowd for inspiration. Henkel’s ‘Adhesive Packa...

Energy Efficient Managing and Transportation of Water

Energy Efficient Managing and Transportation of Water

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Imagine H20, United States
Non profit organization Imagine H20 has coordinated a number of open innovation initiatives to uncover cutting edge solutions to tricky water problems. One of those was the 2010 Water-Energy Nexus Co...

Open Innovation in the Airfreight Industry is a Runway Success

Open Innovation in the Airfreight Industry is a Runway Success

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Lufthansa Cargo, Germany
Open innovation is a powerful catalyst for radical thinking as Lufthansa Cargo is well aware of. The global cargo airline wanted to benefit from the wisdom of crowd to help reduce its environmental i...

Zazzle’s Million Dollar Open Innovation Challenge

Zazzle’s Million Dollar Open Innovation Challenge

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Zazzle, United States
If there’s one thing guaranteed to catch attention it’s a headline promising $1 million worth of prizes. The Zazzle Million Dollar Open Innovation Challenge offered just that and was a global sea...

Pan European Challenge to Build Dream Apps from Public Data

Pan European Challenge to Build Dream Apps from Public Data

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Open Knowledge Foundation, United Kingdom
The Open Data Challenge was Europe’s biggest public data competition with a grand total of 20,000 Euros (approx. USD $27,000) worth of prize money up for grabs. It was organised by the Open Knowled...

Tackling the Diabetes Epidemic with Open Innovation

Tackling the Diabetes Epidemic with Open Innovation

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Sanofi-Aventis, United States
Diabetes is an epidemic that is on the rise. In the US alone more than 1 in 4 Americans is affected by the disease. The overall cost to US healthcare is $2.6 trillion (this equates to about $21,000 p...

Open Innovation Gets Dutch Company Out of a Sticky Situation

Open Innovation Gets Dutch Company Out of a Sticky Situation

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DSM, Netherlands
E-850 is an adhesive resin developed by scientists at DSM, a global science company involved in health, nutrition and materials. The resin is the main component of one of the company’s glues used w...

To Boldly Go Where No Code Has Gone Before

To Boldly Go Where No Code Has Gone Before

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NASA, United States
With the vast expanse of the Universe, and the sheer volume of data beamed back from telescopes and robotic missions, space scientists need all the help they can get to enable them to better explore w...

Nokia’s Global Search for a New Ringtone

Nokia’s Global Search for a New Ringtone

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Nokia Corporation, Finland
It is one of the world’s most recognised tunes, and is heard at least one billion times a day. But even so, Nokia wanted to ring in the changes with a fresh version of its classic tune, ‘Grand Val...

Scientists Ask the Crowds for Cash

Scientists Ask the Crowds for Cash

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#The SciFund Challenge, United States
In order to carry out research, scientists need funding, and the conventional way to get funding is to apply for a grant from government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or pri...

How Dunkin’ Donuts Uses Open Innovation to Get Ahead

How Dunkin’ Donuts Uses Open Innovation to Get Ahead

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Dunkin' Donuts, United States
Open innovation, particularly via crowdsourcing competitions has a number of food companies licking their lips for the opportunity they provide to connect with customers, receive product ideas at a co...

Mind-Blowing Ideas from Open Innovation

Mind-Blowing Ideas from Open Innovation

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Zyxsio, United States
When Zyxio, a start-up human media interaction company developed a new breath control technology it asked the crowd for ideas on how the innovation could be used. Their patented technology is calle...

DHL’s Search for Cutting Edge Logistics Solutions

DHL’s Search for Cutting Edge Logistics Solutions

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DHL, Germany
International express shipping provider DHL faces a number of challenges every day as it seeks to optimize its logistics and transport activities in urban areas, whilst considering the traffic environ...

 Open Innovation Tunes into Whale Song

Open Innovation Tunes into Whale Song

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Scientific American/The Zooniverse, United States
Marine scientists have launched a global call for help deciphering the language of pilot and killer whales. Currently, understanding of their communication is poor with many of their calls remaining a...

A Full-Length Opera Devised, Developed and Designed by the Crowd

A Full-Length Opera Devised, Developed and Designed by the Crowd

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Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland
Crowdsourcing and open innovation take centre stage with a project to create a full-length opera in an online community. Since 2010 The Opera by You initiative has been drawing on ideas for music...

No Chance of Destroying the Evidence with DARPA’s Shredder Challenge

No Chance of Destroying the Evidence with DARPA’s Shredder Challenge

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DARPA, United States
The scene is a familiar one: a regime on the run shreds all its top secret documents and leaves precious little behind for incoming forces to find. That’s a scenario that provided inspiration for a...

How the Crowd is Helping with Problems in the Classroom

How the Crowd is Helping with Problems in the Classroom

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National Education Association Foundation & US Department of Education, United States
Teacher needed a little help in the classroom to solve some of education’s most pressing challenges and so the U.S. Department of Education and the NEA (National Education Association) Foundation la...

Phenomenal Global Response to World Bank Innovation Contest

Phenomenal Global Response to World Bank Innovation Contest

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World Bank, United States
“One of the reasons we threw open the doors to our data was that we recognized we don’t have a monopoly on innovation,” said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. “These apps clearly...

Creating New Laws with the Crowd

Creating New Laws with the Crowd

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California State Assemblymember Jared Huffman, United States
Most people at one time or another have thought that there should be laws and by-laws where none exist currently, or that aspects of the criminal code that are particularly irksome should be changed. ...

Global Contest to Promote Economic Opportunity

Global Contest to Promote Economic Opportunity

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eBay Foundation, United States
According to the World Bank 80 percent of the planet’s population lives on less than $10 per day. In the USA alone, one in every six Americans lives in poverty. These startling figures and the fac...

A Major Food Brand's Appetite for Open Innovation

A Major Food Brand's Appetite for Open Innovation

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Smith's Snackfood Company, Australia
For food and beverage companies open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives with consumers is something of a no-brainer. Many are variants of a similar theme and include Ben and Jerry’s global ...

Open Innovation Takes Chile By Storm

Open Innovation Takes Chile By Storm

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Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism , Chile
The government of Chile has embarked on a number of initiatives to encourage its citizens to become more involved in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. The overall aim is to ultimately bre...

The Race to Build a Super Efficient Eco-Friendly Car

The Race to Build a Super Efficient Eco-Friendly Car

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X PRIZE Foundation, United States
There’s nothing quite like the lure of fame and fortune to galvanise thinking and when you throw a tough challenge into the mix as well you have a heady and intoxicating combination, as the X PRIZE ...

Open Innovation Throws the Environment a Lifeline

Open Innovation Throws the Environment a Lifeline

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Environmental Protection Agency, United States
Open innovation and crowdsourcing solutions are being sought to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the planet a greener place to live. In June 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E...

Open Innovation Contest for Tech-Savvy Citizens

Open Innovation Contest for Tech-Savvy Citizens

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City of Ottawa, Canada
In 2010, the City of Ottawa decided to embark on a new mission to encourage the development of apps to make living in the city easier. With an overall prize purse of $50,000, the Apps4Ottawa competi...

Unilever Turns to Crowdsourcing to Promote Snack Food Brand

Unilever Turns to Crowdsourcing to Promote Snack Food Brand

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Unilever, United Kingdom
Having dropped the ad agency for one of its popular food brands Unilever decided to hold a crowdsourcing competition to find advertising ideas for Peperami, a meat snack. The company was looking for ...

Crowdfunding Platform to Educate Children Wins Hackathon

Crowdfunding Platform to Educate Children Wins Hackathon

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Garage48 Foundation, Estonia
Crowdsourcing hackathons are valuable initiatives that can generate volumes of ideas and workable solutions in a short space of time. Typically they are day-long or two day-long, focused team-based e...

Crowdsourcing Goes Up in the World: DARPA Balloon Hunt

Crowdsourcing Goes Up in the World: DARPA Balloon Hunt

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DARPA, United States
Crowdsourcing showed its true character and worth as a very effective finding tool in the DARPA Network Challenge sponsored by US government agency DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). ...

Crowdsourcing Project Exposes Politicians' Wrong Doings

Crowdsourcing Project Exposes Politicians' Wrong Doings

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The Guardian Newspaper, United Kingdom
In 2009 crowdsourcing helped to blow the lid off the biggest political scandal to hit the UK in at least a decade. The Daily Telegraph newspaper had obtained the expenses details of all members o...

Crowdsourcing to Understand the Molecules of Life

Crowdsourcing to Understand the Molecules of Life

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Carnegie Mellon University/Stanford University , United States
RNA (ribonucleic acid) is one of life’s fundamental building blocks and a key messenger and regulator of cell functions, but there is still a great deal of information that science has yet to learn ...

Crowdsourcing Apps to Make a Difference

Crowdsourcing Apps to Make a Difference

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IdeasProject/Nokia, United States
Can an app truly change the world? That was the question that sparked the creation of a crowdsourcing apps contests organised by IdeasProject an online community founded on the philosophy of democrat...

Ben and Jerry’s Scoop on Crowdsourcing

Ben and Jerry’s Scoop on Crowdsourcing

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Ben and Jerry's, United States
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's know a thing or two about creating popular flavors, and is well known for viewing its customers as co-creators, valuing and taking note of many of their suggestions and f...

Open Innovation Leads to Medical Device Breakthroughs

Open Innovation Leads to Medical Device Breakthroughs

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Diabetes Mine, United States
A futuristic modular three-part wearable artificial pancreas, an innovative small, portable insulin-delivery device and an iPhone/iPod touch app to help diabetic teenage girls develop a glucose testin...

Crowdsourcing Contest Winner to Help New York City's Commuters

Crowdsourcing Contest Winner to Help New York City's Commuters

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New York City Government, United States
Nick Nyhan was driving around New York City late one night and was becoming increasingly frustrated at not being able to find a parking space. That moment of irritation was his inspiration for a soci...

Airlines Crowdsource New Products with the General Public

Airlines Crowdsource New Products with the General Public

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Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Crowdsourcing with customers is not only smart PR, but it can also save a company large sums of money as it doesn’t have to engage employees in endless rounds of meetings to come up with ideas and i...

Pooling Intelligence to Deal with Global Warming

Pooling Intelligence to Deal with Global Warming

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The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence , United States
To many people, climate change and global warming are among the most pressing and important issues facing humanity today, requiring creative and innovative solutions to ensure the long term health of ...

Supermarket Chain Crowdsources with Customers

Supermarket Chain Crowdsources with Customers

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Waitrose, United Kingdom
In May 2011 a new product hit the shelves of upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose. What made this particular item so special was that it was the company’s first customer-created product and follo...

Crowdsourcing to Make a City Cool

Crowdsourcing to Make a City Cool

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, United States
It’s not only businesses that are benefiting from crowdsourcing initiatives as towns and cities have cottoned onto the fact that they can pick up great ideas to improve communities and neighborhoods...

The World’s First Crowdsourced Military Vehicle

The World’s First Crowdsourced Military Vehicle

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DARPA, United States
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) employs some of the sharpest brains on the planet to develop new technology to be used by the US military. But it does not have all the bright id...

Crowdsourcing Down on the Farm

Crowdsourcing Down on the Farm

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The National Trust, United Kingdom
Crowdsourcing is becoming part of the innovation fabric of more and more businesses and brands. It is not only being used to create new products and services, but also to determine research focus and...

GreenBook: A New Chapter in Environmental Participation

GreenBook: A New Chapter in Environmental Participation

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Paul Frigout, Romania
The crowd is a permanently loud presence. Whether we’re tweeting or emailing our opinions to newspapers, broadcasting our own footage across the web or offering advice to retailers we have somethin...

Apps for Africa

Apps for Africa

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Appfrica Labs, Uganda
The technological transformations that have swept across many parts of the world have also been making inroads into the African continent. For example, in East Africa alone there are more than 50 mil...

Crowdsourcing Competition to Inspire Russian Innovation

Crowdsourcing Competition to Inspire Russian Innovation

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Skolkovo Foundation , Russian
To help give innovation a boost in Russia, the Skolkovo Foundation and Cisco launched a crowdsourcing competition for entrepreneurs, students, technologists and innovators who are residents and citize...

Crowdsourcing Contest Offers $3 Million Prize

Crowdsourcing Contest Offers $3 Million Prize

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Heritage Provider Network, United States
Crowdsourcing is a now a familiar concept on the open innovation landscape with new competitions and initiatives being launched every week. It is all part of a large trend that is opening up corpora...

Random Hacks of Kindness

Random Hacks of Kindness

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RHOK, United States
Hackers of the world united in 2009 for the first global ‘Random Hacks of Kindness” (RHOK) crowdsourcing program to create software solutions that make a difference. Since then the community ...

Apps to Help the Poor to Help Themselves

Apps to Help the Poor to Help Themselves

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One Economy Corporation, United States
Leveraging the power of the crowd to create applications for the public good was the inspiring goal of the ‘Applications for Good’ crowdsourcing competition. Sponsored by One Economy Corporation,...

Crowdsourcing Competition to Reduce and Eliminate Waste

Crowdsourcing Competition to Reduce and Eliminate Waste

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Adventure Ecology, United Kingdom
Nobody is as smart as everybody is the foundation that crowdsourcing is built on, an innovation process that can be deployed to tackle any kind of problem and change the way systems, companies and soc...

Crowdsourcing Challenge to Find Innovative Ways to Air Dry Clothes

Crowdsourcing Challenge to Find Innovative Ways to Air Dry Clothes

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Levi Strauss & Co, United States
On the face of it a solar powered dome, a windmill and a dryer hidden behind a work of art have very little in common. What links them is that they were all creative submissions to a crowdsourcing a...

Crowdsourcing, Potato Chips and Healthy Sales Figures

Crowdsourcing, Potato Chips and Healthy Sales Figures

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Walkers, United Kingdom
Walkers is a British snack food manufacturer, most famous in the UK for its flavored crisps (potato chips). Despite a strong market presence, extensive advertising campaigns and years of bumper sales...

Crowdsourcing Climate Change Solutions

Crowdsourcing Climate Change Solutions

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The Government of British Columbia, Canada
The Government of British Columbia is a recognized leader in taking action to promote environmental sustainability and forward thinking green practices. As with other public bodies and organizations...

From Concepts to Products in Under 48 Hours

From Concepts to Products in Under 48 Hours

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Music Hackday, United Kingdom
Take a few hundred artists, musicians and hackers and squirrel them away for a weekend and the end result is a neat demonstration of the power of the crowd. The Music Hack Day Series is a turbo-charg...

Global Innovation Jam to Design a Brand New Service

Global Innovation Jam to Design a Brand New Service

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Work Play Experience, Germany
On Friday 11th March 2011 at more than fifty locations around the world, hundreds of participants interested in services and customer experience took part in 48 hours of ‘innovation jamming’. T...

Apps for Healthy Kids

Apps for Healthy Kids

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United States Department of Agriculture, United States
Crowdsourcing has been deployed in the nationwide US fight against obesity. To get children off their sofas and to exercise more the First Lady Michelle Obama launched an open innovation competition...

Finding Solutions to India’s Sanitation Problems

Finding Solutions to India’s Sanitation Problems

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FINISH Society, India
Open innovation enjoys an impressive track record in helping to tackle numerous problems and issues in the developing world, such as lack of access to clean water, the threat of mosquitoes and malaria...

Empowering Women in the Developing World

Empowering Women in the Developing World

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mWomen Connect, United States
The Spring 2011 Mobile App Challenge organised by the GSMA (Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association) was a series of open innovation contests aimed at the app developer community and anybody else with ide...

 CivicApps for Greater Portland

CivicApps for Greater Portland

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The City of Portland, United States
These days the most forward thinking CEOs see how collaboration can play a big part in their success and are being seduced by the benefits of open innovation. What’s good for private industry is al...

Global Search for Healthcare Ideas

Global Search for Healthcare Ideas

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Ashoka Changemakers, United States
Open innovation has already created an explosive growth in innovative solutions and product ideas in a range of disciplines, encompassing such disparate fields as t-shirt designs and aeronautical engi...

App My Ride

App My Ride

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Volkswagen , Germany
Open innovation and in particular open innovation contests are becoming more mainstream as companies large and small look for new ways to innovate, solve problems and steal a march on their competitor...

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Inspires Open Innovation Contest

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Inspires Open Innovation Contest

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ARCHIVE (Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments), United States
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 thousands of volunteers and aid groups flocked into the impoverished country to administer food, water, first aid and to start the rebuilding efforts....

 Open Innovation Revs Up the Car Industry

Open Innovation Revs Up the Car Industry

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Local Motors, United States
Local Motors creates car designs through a series of open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives. The Arizona-based company was co-founded in 2007 based on its belief that the car industry was not m...

 Car Giant adopts Open Innovation to get into the Fast Lane

Car Giant adopts Open Innovation to get into the Fast Lane

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BMW, Germany
Car giant BMW has for a number of years now been reaching out to engineers and innovators with open innovation and crowd sourcing initiatives. The most recent incarnation of which has been its Co-C...

 Open Innovation Contest to Design a More Efficient Apartment

Open Innovation Contest to Design a More Efficient Apartment

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Treehugger.com "LifeEdited", United States
Breakthrough ideas can and often do emerge by having a fresh set of eyes look at a problem. Open innovation can bring new and diverse perspectives to bear on old and familiar dilemmas which is what a...

Fiat Mio, the World's First Crowdsourced Car

Fiat Mio, the World's First Crowdsourced Car

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Fiat, Italy
In Sao Paulo Auto Show that happened in October 2010, Fiat launched the Fiat Mio, the world's first crowd sourced car, a futuristic concept car based on the ideas of thousands of people around the wor...

Open Innovation to Rebuild an Economy

Open Innovation to Rebuild an Economy

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The Government of Ireland, Ireland
For a number of years now governments at all levels in numerous countries have been experimenting with open innovation. The principle aims are to provide better services for constituents and to open ...

Crystal Clear Advantages of Open Innovation

Crystal Clear Advantages of Open Innovation

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Swarovski, Austria
These days companies are tapping into an almost bottomless well of ideas; consumer creativity. Traditional business models are being tweaked and amended to favor user-generated content and open inno...

Better Results from a Better Pool of People

Better Results from a Better Pool of People

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MUJI, Japan
Customer-led innovation is one of the most exciting developments in open innovation and it builds on the passion, ingenuity and creativity of a brand’s loyal consumers. We are no longer passive ...

Don’t Let Creativity Hit the Buffers: Turn to Open Innovation

Don’t Let Creativity Hit the Buffers: Turn to Open Innovation

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Bombardier Transportation, Germany
Global transportation company Bombardier was looking for ways to whisk itself into the future by imagining what the interiors of trains would look like further along the track. So it organized an ope...

 Lego Success Built on Open Innovation

Lego Success Built on Open Innovation

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Lego Group, Denmark
The ‘open’ in open innovation can reveal itself in a number of ways. For example, it can refer to overcoming the “not invented here” syndrome by welcoming external input. Openness is ...

Open Innovation Boost to Space Exploration

Open Innovation Boost to Space Exploration

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NASA, United States
NASA has no shortage of tough technical problems to crack, and though the space agency may be packed to the rafters with top intellects it realizes that it sometimes needs external help to create solu...

Open Innovation Transforms Data for the Public Good

Open Innovation Transforms Data for the Public Good

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Government of Finland, Finland
Streams of raw data of themselves are not interesting, but they can be turned into useful applications that are of great benefit to citizens. For a number of years open innovation has been transform...

A Novel Way to Test for Sore Throats

A Novel Way to Test for Sore Throats

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Mark R. Hartman (Cornell University), United States
Typically, an open innovation contest awards a fixed amount of money to the best solution or solutions. The seeker has its problem solved in good time and the provider not only receives financial rew...

Car Industry Technology Fuels Furniture Innovation

Car Industry Technology Fuels Furniture Innovation

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Gabriel Ltd, Denmark
Open innovation is one of the most cost effective ways for companies to solve their R&D challenges. Many organizations don’t know what they don’t know and they therefore spend (some would say was...

Tesco’s Successful Open Innovation Experiment

Tesco’s Successful Open Innovation Experiment

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Tesco, United Kingdom
Tesco is an international grocery retailer, headquartered in the UK and like many of its competitors it has expanded into the online grocery sector. For a couple of years it has been looking at ways ...

Inside Powering the Grid with the GE Ecomagination Challenge

Inside Powering the Grid with the GE Ecomagination Challenge

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GE, United States
Ranked the world’s second largest business by Forbes and with revenues of $157 billion, GE is a giant global conglomerate with immense resources that is constantly searching for new areas of opportu...

Mobile Phone Giant Reaches Out to Open Innovation Intermediary

Mobile Phone Giant Reaches Out to Open Innovation Intermediary

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Orange UK, United Kingdom
When companies want to boost their innovation and make best use of the wisdom of the crowd the role of open innovation brokers or intermediaries is vital to ensuring a successful outcome Most comp...

Open Innovation:  The New Army Recruit

Open Innovation: The New Army Recruit

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United States Army, United States
The concept of open innovation is as beautiful as it is elegant; present a problem that needs to be solved, and someone somewhere in the world will be able to come up with the solution. Of increasi...

Apps for California

Apps for California

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The State of California, United States
The ballot box is not the only means by which the general public can influence the way their neighborhoods, towns and regions are run as open innovation and crowdsourcing are giving people plenty of o...

Open Innovation for the Future of Management

Open Innovation for the Future of Management

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Management Innovation Exchange (MIX), United States
The fruits of open innovation are not only product-based as an OI strategy can be applied to reinventing how companies are organized to make them more streamline and effective. Launched in 2010 the...

Open Innovation to Boost Learning in the Developing World

Open Innovation to Boost Learning in the Developing World

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Dr. Andrew Deonarine, Canada
If your organisation has already embraced open innovation then it has joined the ranks of some of the world’s most innovative companies who have come to realise that great ideas can come from the ou...

Space Age Technology to Help Insomniacs Get Some Sleep

Space Age Technology to Help Insomniacs Get Some Sleep

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Quilts of Denmark, Denmark
Quilts of Denmark is a small international company, founded in 2000 that operates in more than 30 countries and produces high-quality, functional bedding. The company has engaged in open innovat...

On Your Bike with Open Innovation

On Your Bike with Open Innovation

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Designboom and The Seoul Design Foundation, South Korea
In an effort to improve its urban environment with an emphasis on eco-friendly themes, South Korea’s capital city of Seoul has launched a number of initiatives and programs. The Seoul Cycle Design ...

Crowdsourcing is Shaking Up the Business Model

Crowdsourcing is Shaking Up the Business Model

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Made.com, United Kingdom
Open innovation and crowdsourcing are rapidly redefining business models. One such company to take advantage of the wisdom of the crowd is a UK-based furniture retailer. Made.com is an online ...

Open Innovation Contest to Cut Our Carbon Footprint

Open Innovation Contest to Cut Our Carbon Footprint

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Greener Gadgets Design Cometition, United States
Innovators and entrepreneurial minds are turning their intellectual firepower on how open innovation can benefit the common good. One of the most pressing issues of our time is the damage being done ...

Crowdsourcing to Cure Diseases

Crowdsourcing to Cure Diseases

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Cure Together, United States
Most good doctors will freely admit that they don’t everything about a patient's condition which is why patients are advised to make accurate notes about their symptoms to help the medical professio...

San Francisco: Where the Powers are Investing in Open Innovation

San Francisco: Where the Powers are Investing in Open Innovation

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City of San Francisco, United States
Many people complain about the policies their governments pursue, and declare that they could do a better job if given half the chance. Well, open innovation is giving them that chance as it offers t...

Fiat Gets Plenty of Mileage from Open Innovation

Fiat Gets Plenty of Mileage from Open Innovation

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Fiat, Italy
Italian car making giant Fiat has turned up the throttle on open innovation to solicit public involvement in creating the car of the future. The Fiat Mio (which translates as “my Fiat”) is a conc...

Open Innovation to Advance Children's Learning

Open Innovation to Advance Children's Learning

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The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, United States
In early 2010 a new US nationwide open innovation competition was launched. The goals of the inaugural Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation in Children’s Learning were to discover and nurture br...

Innovative Challenge Contest

Innovative Challenge Contest

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U.S. Economic Development Administration, United States
Entrepreneurs, investors, non-profits, foundations and universities were all invited to take part in a US-nationwide open innovation competition designed to support the most creative ideas to drive te...

Open Innovation Creates Greeting Card Success Story

Open Innovation Creates Greeting Card Success Story

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Hallmark Cards, Inc., United States
Greetings card manufacturer Hallmark has catapulted its products into the digital era after searching for new technologies via an open innovation broker. Greeting Card Innovation The days when...

Tomorrow's Designs Today

Tomorrow's Designs Today

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Electrolux, Sweden
Electrolux opened its Design lab as an annual, global open innovation design competition in 2003, inviting undergraduate and graduate industrial design students to submit designs for futuristic househ...

Open Innovation Strategies

Open Innovation Strategies

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GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
GlaxoSmithKline has delved into the "open innovation" sphere in a multitude of ways. One aspect involves developing a "patent pool" which would give access to IP, such as the assay data involved i...

Ecomagination Challenge

Ecomagination Challenge

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General Electric, United States
GE has delved into the open innovation arena, recently launching its Ecomagination Challenge that solicits ideas for new business ventures relating to how to build the next-generation power grid. Any...

Using Open Innovation to Ensure Competitive Advantage

Using Open Innovation to Ensure Competitive Advantage

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Cadbury, United Kingdom
In 2006 Cadbury embraced open innovation, turning to collaboration with external partners to find solutions and innovations they could bring to market. Even though they have global sales topping $7...

Quirky Collaboration

Quirky Collaboration

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Quirky.com, United States
Quirky.com takes the idea of open innovation and crowdsourcing to a whole new level. You submit your ideas for a new product, and have a community of designers, inventors, engineers and marketers, ...

Open Innovation that Benefits Humankind

Open Innovation that Benefits Humankind

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James Dyson Award, United States
This year's winner of the James Dyson Award for innovation in the UK, goes to Timothy Whitehead, who developed a water purifying bottle that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize drinking water. The...

Design Contests Spark Creativity

Design Contests Spark Creativity

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Kruger Products, United States
Taking a cue from other Fortune 500 companies, Kruger Products ran a design contest, the "Scotties Design Challenge", that asked consumers to create a new look for their popular tissue box. The id...

LuminAR Places the Internet Anywhere

LuminAR Places the Internet Anywhere

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Natan Linder, United States
The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge chose MIT graduate student Natan Linder as the winner of its open innovation challenge. Linder's invention, the LuminAR is a digital bulb with built-in internet...

LG Open Innovation Contest produces 40+ Winning Ideas

LG Open Innovation Contest produces 40+ Winning Ideas

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LG, United States
LG Electronics third open innovation contest asked contestants to submit ideas for the next generation cell phone. More than 400 submissions were presented to LG. Of all the ideas submitted, LG deemed...

Cisco's I-Prize Innovation Competition goes to

Cisco's I-Prize Innovation Competition goes to "Life Account" Team

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Cisco, United States
Awarding it's second I-Prize of $250,000 to a team of five university students from Mexico, has gained Cisco a potential billion-dollar business idea titled: "Life Account." The idea is to gather inf...

Starbucks betacup open innovation contest aims to reduce Paper Cup Consumption

Starbucks betacup open innovation contest aims to reduce Paper Cup Consumption

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In a recent open innovation contest to reduce paper cup consumption, Starbucks has awarded the winning $10,000 idea to "<a href=http://www.jovoto.com/contests/drink-sustainably/ideas/4751 target=_blan...

Paper-Feet

Paper-Feet

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Paper-Feet, United Kingdom
Open innovation offers social entrepreneurs plenty of opportunities to create new ways of addressing social needs or promote better business. Recognising both this and the power of student creati...

Canada's Digital Compass

Canada's Digital Compass

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Canada
“Thanks to the Web companies that move now can leverage a global pool of talent, ideas, and innovations that vastly exceeds what they could ever hope to marshal internally.” That was USA Today...

Sustainable Personal Mobility and Mobility-on-Demand Systems

Sustainable Personal Mobility and Mobility-on-Demand Systems

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology , United States
The <a href="http://challenge.bfi.org/" target=_blank>Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a> is an annual open innovation competition hosted by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI). It encourages the cre...

Greensulate

Greensulate

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Ecovative Design, United States
Open innovation contests have long been used by governments and organizations to accelerate the speed with which ideas are generated. They are powerful instruments that can be used by any company or ...

WayFinder NYC

WayFinder NYC

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New York City's Economic Development Corporation , United States
The Big Apple wanted some big ideas to improve government transparency and accountability and promote development of the digital media industry. So it came up with an open innovation competition to d...

Open Venture Challenge

Open Venture Challenge

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Cancer Research UK, United Kingdom
Cancer Research UK, one of the UK’s leading cancer charities decided to turn to open innovation to help it raise more money to beat cancer. It was looking for fresh and new ideas to secure more fu...

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

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Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation , United States
“Rise to the Challenge: Healthcare Innovation 2010” is the first open innovation healthcare related competition of its kind in the United States and was created to encourage participants to create...

Help for Ireland's Economy

Help for Ireland's Economy

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AMAS
With the world staring down the barrel of financial ruin as the financial crisis lays waste to economies, one enterprising country had a bright idea to help get it out of a fix – ask the public for ...

Unilever uses Collaboration to Develop Clean Water Solution

Unilever uses Collaboration to Develop Clean Water Solution

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Unilever
Purell is the breakthrough technology that was developed out of this collaborative effort. Launched in 2005, Purell is now bringing safe drinking water to millions of people, bringing relief from jaun...

Open Innovation : Multidisciplinary approach

Open Innovation : Multidisciplinary approach

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Philips Eletronics India Ltd, Manipal University, India
Manipal University is a name to remember, not just across the length and breadth of India, but worldwide. The fact that students from 52 countries are studying here is a testimony to this fame. Fired ...

Security Jam

Security Jam

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Security and Defence Agenda, Belgium
Open innovation brokers accelerate the innovation process by linking solution seekers with providers, offering technical know-how, and organising open innovation contests and online jams that bring di...

An Open Innovation Competition to Drive Water Innovation

An Open Innovation Competition to Drive Water Innovation

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Imagine H2O, United States
Water scarcity is one of the world’s biggest woes, and as the climate continues to heat up the planet's governments are latching on to anything that will improve efficiencies. Many ideas have b...

Bank Queuing Problems Solved by Open Innovation

Bank Queuing Problems Solved by Open Innovation

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A Commercial Bank in the United Kingdom, United Kingdom
With an ever changing marketplace demanding better services and products innovation is key. The walls between companies and consumers are disappearing as boardrooms across the world recognize the imp...

The Great Innovator Challenge

The Great Innovator Challenge

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Royal Bank of Canada, Canada
Many companies realized long ago that internal R&D is only one part of their innovation portfolio, and it may not even be the driving force behind research efforts. The pace of change is so quick, a...

Novel Designs for Daimler's Smart Car

Novel Designs for Daimler's Smart Car

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Daimler, Germany
Daimler’s “Style Your Smart” open innovation contest yielded 50,000 ideas in a six week period as 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries used their creativity to help the car manufactur...

Applications for Democracy

Applications for Democracy

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Government of the District of Columbia, United States
Open innovation has been the driving force behind a number of inspiring initiatives to make governments more open and transparent. Not only do they foster better communications between citizens and ...

LifeCase and LifeApp System

LifeCase and LifeApp System

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DiabetesMine, United States
The most innovative ideas do not always come from a discipline’s own experts, sometimes answers are provided by individuals or groups in unrelated industries. They are not constrained by a particul...

Big Green Innovations

Big Green Innovations

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IBM
IBM has open innovation in its blood. Since 2001 the multinational has been holding innovation jams, where thousands of employees brainstorm ideas over a period of a few days. The first jam was an e...

Open Innovation Solution to a Cotton Shirts Wrinkling Problem

Open Innovation Solution to a Cotton Shirts Wrinkling Problem

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Procter and Gamble
Procter and Gamble’s decision to give its innovation model a face-lift and adopt open innovation strategies in the early part of the last decade was a daring move by the consumer products giant. I...

CollaboRhythm

CollaboRhythm

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The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) , United States
The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) launched the CIMIT Prize, a US nationwide open innovation competition in 2009. The contest will be an annual feature for the ne...

A Modeling System for Toddler Training Pants

A Modeling System for Toddler Training Pants

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A Consumer Products Company
Open innovation has gained importance in recent years as companies from multiple industries realize they could end up as dead as a dodo if they ignore leveraging the expertise of external sources to a...

Active Networked Tags for Disaster Recovery Applications

Active Networked Tags for Disaster Recovery Applications

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Vodafone
One of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, Vodafone, now hosts an an open innovation competition designed to “promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related techn...

Partnership Development for Hilton Hotels

Partnership Development for Hilton Hotels

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Hilton Hotels
There is a popular and ever increasing trend amongst businesses to turn away from high-priced consultants, and their own in house teams and instead embrace open innovation contests. Hilton Hotels i...

Cleaving Protein Disulfide Bonds

Cleaving Protein Disulfide Bonds

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A Global 500 Company
A Global 500 company needed help with a widely known and long-standing industry problem, so it followed a course that an increasing number of companies are taking – it turned to an online open innov...

Dispensing Mechanism for a Powdered Material in a High Humid Environment

Dispensing Mechanism for a Powdered Material in a High Humid Environment

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A Major Appliance Manufacturer
The traditional corporate model of only innovating from within is starting to look a bit dated. An ever increasing number of companies including major global players such as Kraft, Hewlett Packard an...

Mobile Phone Microscopy for the Developing World and Other Ideas

Mobile Phone Microscopy for the Developing World and Other Ideas

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Intel Corporation
Businesses are not the only beneficiaries of an open innovation approach to discovering new technologies; communities in the developing world are also benefiting from solutions to some of the most cha...

Novel Adhesive Systems

Novel Adhesive Systems

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Fasson Roll North America, a division of Avery Dennison, United States
Open innovation has become the hot topic in business since the publication in 2003 of Henry Chesborough’s book ‘Open Innovation: The new imperative for creating and profiting from technology’. ...

Filibusted

Filibusted

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The Sunlight Foundation, United States
Since the concept of open innovation first swept through the corridors of corporations in 2003 it has continually proved its mettle by helping companies find new ways of solving their most urgent prob...

Solution for Microwave Oven Heating Problem

Solution for Microwave Oven Heating Problem

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A Fortune 500 Consumer Products Company
One of the many advantages to companies that decide to utilize open innovation is the cross boundary approach to solving technical challenges. A number of organizations have found the answers they nee...

Natural Food Grade Approaches to Replace Food Dyes and Pigments

Natural Food Grade Approaches to Replace Food Dyes and Pigments

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General Mills, United States
General Mills is a Fortune 500 corporation headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota that markets some of the world’s most popular brands including Yoplait, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Häagen-Dazs, and...

Suburban Trends

Suburban Trends

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The Australian Government, Australia
One of the most successful and powerful trends in open innovation is the concept of mashups – where a new innovative web-based service or application is created from the combination of the data or f...

Confidential Cheese Product Solution

Confidential Cheese Product Solution

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A Global Dairy Manufacturer
An ever increasing number of companies – both large and small – have been reaching beyond their core competencies and adopting open innovation strategies to remain competitive in an increasingly d...

Mobile-Based Museum Guide

Mobile-Based Museum Guide

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Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and SYSTEMS , Germany
To access the best brains around the world and to come up with innovative and practical applications in satellite navigation Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (an aerospace and satellite company...

Air Conditioning Solutions

Air Conditioning Solutions

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Inter-American Development Bank, Panama
In the ceaseless search for new ideas, the open innovation landscape offers a planet full of brilliant brains with the skills to generate solutions and novel ways of thinking. Cash-based contests are...

Taxi2 Website

Taxi2 Website

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Virgin Atlantic, United Kingdom
Virgin Atlantic has been flirting with open innovation to help it come up with new web-based ideas to improve its services and boost its bank balance. Together with NESTA, the UK’s National End...

Development of a Valve for Packaging Material

Development of a Valve for Packaging Material

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Sealed Air Corporation, United States
Sealed Air Corp is a global manufacturer of packaging materials and systems including Bubble Wrap, and it has fully embraced open innovation to boost the bottom line. Although no strangers to wor...

Multiple Solutions for Packaging Processes

Multiple Solutions for Packaging Processes

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Greif, Inc., United States
Greif is a global industrial packaging products and services company with a presence in more than 45 countries. Due to an intense phase of restructuring involving mergers and acquisitions, and hot on...

The Big Green Challenge

The Big Green Challenge

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NESTA, United Kingdom
In 2007 an open innovation challenge was set for the entire UK – reduce carbon emissions and make a big difference to the world. A £1 million ($1.6 million USD) prize fund was set up which spurred...

Open Innovation Solution to a Detergent Packaging Problem

Open Innovation Solution to a Detergent Packaging Problem

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A small UK-based company, United Kingdom
Faulty packaging, falling sales, and a problem they couldn’t solve led Procter and Gamble to an open innovation broker to help them find a fix and reverse the decline. Packaging Problem The gl...

Internet-based Carpooling Service

Internet-based Carpooling Service

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iCarpool.com, United States
In a gigantic effort to cut down on traffic congestion and reduce pollution the Intelligent Transport Society of America (ITS) launched a global open innovation competition for commuters, citizens, en...

Xoie - Reusable Rocket

Xoie - Reusable Rocket

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Masten Space Systems, United States
The space agency NASA continues to develop means of exploring the solar system with down-to- earth help via open innovation contests. Lunar Lander Challenge The Lunar Lander Challenge required ...

Identifying Auxiliary Web Images Using Combination of Analyses

Identifying Auxiliary Web Images Using Combination of Analyses

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Tewson Seeoun, Choochart Haruechaiyasek, Toshiaki Kondo , Thailand
Hewlett Packard wants customers to enjoy a better and greener experience when they print web pages so they sought a solution through an open innovation challenge for multimedia researchers across the ...

kReader Mobile

kReader Mobile

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knfb Reading Technology, Inc. , United States
Mobile phone supplier Nokia is actively engaged in open innovation through its research center and via open innovation contests. Global Open Innovation Competition “Calling All Innovators” i...

Layered MagWheel

Layered MagWheel

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David A. Gonzales II , United States
How we fuel the future is one of today’s biggest challenges. Increasingly corporations and research organizations are exploring open innovation avenues for new ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions....

Dancing Crazy

Dancing Crazy

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Stacy Cho, United States
HopeLab is a nonprofit research organization that looks to improve the quality of life of young people with chronic illnesses, and it ventured down the open innovation route when it was looking for ne...

A Novel Long-Lasting Roller for Color Printers

A Novel Long-Lasting Roller for Color Printers

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Michigan Molecular Institute, United States
Xerox is a corporation with impressive R&D capabilities, yet it has embraced open innovation to strengthen the potential of its own world class researchers. Stuck with a Printer Problem The comp...

MPrize for World’s Oldest Ever Mouse

MPrize for World’s Oldest Ever Mouse

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Prof Andrzej Bartke , United States
Inspired by the X Prize open innovation competition, the MPrize (formerly known as the “Methuselah Mouse Prize”) is a scientific research prize awarded to scientists who can successfully extend th...

CC Modular Mobile Phone

CC Modular Mobile Phone

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Emily Albinski, United States
By engaging with open innovation LG Mobile Phones has accessed a vast talent pool that would be far beyond the means of most companies. Not only might this lead to a new product and new customers, bu...

RidgeBlade

RidgeBlade

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Dean Gregory, United Kingdom
The annual Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a major open innovation competition held in the Netherlands to encourage the creation of green products and services. It is open to individual inventor...

New Methodology for Ceramics Production

New Methodology for Ceramics Production

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Wolfgang Schaerfl, Germany
Corona Ceramics, headquartered in Bogota in Columbia has been developing and manufacturing home improvement products for more than 125 years, and is now including open innovation as part of its resear...

Otis

Otis

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LaserMotive, United States
NASA continues its bold exploration of space, but it’s not doing it alone. Increasingly the space agency is turning to open innovation competitions to help it develop the technologies it will need ...

Twoddler

Twoddler

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Bart Swennen, Gert Vos, and Johannes Taelman, Belgium
Governments in Europe are now actively looking to web 2.0 tools and open innovation to improve public services. There is a growing body of opinion in Europe that says that the development of IT appl...

Dow Methane Challenge

Dow Methane Challenge

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Prof Graham Hutchings, Wales, and Prof Tobin Marks, United States
The Dow Chemical Company is one of the largest chemical manufacturing companies in the world and though it boasts an extensive and well-funded R&D organization it is turning to open innovation to give...

 Metal-complexing Dye and Surfactant

Metal-complexing Dye and Surfactant

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Giorgia Sgargetta, Italy
Procter and Gamble needed help with a pressing problem. Some of their best in-house brains were unable to crack a challenge that the company had set for the creation of a new dishwashing detergent. ...

Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

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John Barrie and Dr Norbert Muller, United States
It gets hot in the city, and though air conditioning will cool you down and chill you out, the technology uses a lot of energy. An open innovation competition was created by two organizations in Bost...

An Acid Synthesis Method

An Acid Synthesis Method

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David Bradin, United States
One of the benefits of open innovation is that someone somewhere may already have the answer to a problem that’s been vexing you for ages. That’s certainly what Procter and Gamble found when they...

One Billion Rides

One Billion Rides

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Aaron M. Renn, United States
Chicago is notorious for its traffic problems with bottlenecks and gridlock daily occurrences experienced by many drivers. To get the city moving the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce posted an open in...

Method to Get Fluoride Powder into Toothpaste Tubes

Method to Get Fluoride Powder into Toothpaste Tubes

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Edward Melcarek, Canada
Colgate-Palmolive turned to open innovation to help it solve a challenge that had bewildered and bemused its R&D department. After many failed attempts the R&D types at Colgate-Palmolive could only...

BoGo Light SN2

BoGo Light SN2

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Russell McMahon, New Zealand
Mark Bent, CEO of SunNight Solar turned to open innovation to help create a better design for the solar-powered flashlight that he had created for the developing world. Solar Solution A former m...

Preliminary Biomarkers for a Fatal Degenerative Disease

Preliminary Biomarkers for a Fatal Degenerative Disease

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Seward Rutkove and Dr. Harvey Arbesman, United States
Prize4Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding new cures and treatments for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) has turned to open innovation to speed u...

Solar-Powered Mosquito Trap

Solar-Powered Mosquito Trap

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Tom Kruer, United States
It is thanks to open innovation that millions of malaria carrying mosquitoes will be breathing their last. Human sweat, sunlight and paraffin wax are the main ingredients of a groundbreaking trap that...

Solar-Powered Wireless Router

Solar-Powered Wireless Router

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Zacary Brown, United States
ASSET India is dedicated to alleviating poverty in the subcontinent by providing IT skills and opportunities to victims of trafficking and children of sex workers. The foundation adopted an open innov...

Open Notebook Science

Open Notebook Science

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Professor Jean-Claude Bradley, United States
Jean-Claude Bradley is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Drexel University and has worked in many laboratories throughout his scientific career. One aspect of lab life has always irritated him and ...

Ushahidi

Ushahidi

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Ory Okolloh, Kenya
Even though we live in a 24 hour news society the mainstream media is not large enough to cover every story when it breaks. During crisis situations there is hardly ever a centralized place for repor...

Drug Manufacturing Process for PA-824, am Anti-TB Drug

Drug Manufacturing Process for PA-824, am Anti-TB Drug

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Dr. Kana M Sureshan, India
When the non-profit Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) needed to solve some drug manufacturing problems it turned to open innovation for the answers. Tuberculosis is an infectiou...

NASA uses Open Innovation Contest to develop Moonraker

NASA uses Open Innovation Contest to develop Moonraker

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Paul's Robotics, United States
If humans are ever going to live on the moon or indeed if we are to harness some of its natural resources we’re going to need the tools to be able to dig up and dump thousands of tones of lunar soil...

Dye Sensitized Thin Film Solar Cells

Dye Sensitized Thin Film Solar Cells

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G24 Innovations, United Kingdom
It is a sobering thought; there are currently 1.7 billion people around the world without electricity. The problem is at its most acute in Sub-Saharan Africa where more than five hundred million peop...

Open Innovation: Astronaut Glove

Open Innovation: Astronaut Glove

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Peter Homer, United States
Out in the cold depths of space an astronaut’s glove can swell up like a balloon. It becomes stiff, stubborn and rigid, making the handling and manipulation of objects extremely onerous. It is a pr...

Open Innovation: Glycerin for Art Restoration

Open Innovation: Glycerin for Art Restoration

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Drew Buschhorn, United States
Cyclododecane is a wax-like organic compound that was used by art conservationists as a temporary sealant for weak and fragile objects. It worked well, but it was very expensive and not particularly...

Open Innovation: Bagel-fuls

Open Innovation: Bagel-fuls

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Gary Schwartzberg, United States
When Irene Rosenfeld flew into the top job at Kraft in 2006 she inherited a company that was losing market share, in part due to its lackluster production pipeline. The pressure was on for the big ch...

Open Innovation: Pringles Print

Open Innovation: Pringles Print

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Bakery in Bologna, Italy
Procter and Gamble are open innovation giants, with more than 35% of their new ideas coming from outside sources. However, it hasn’t always been this way. Historically P&G relied on internal r...

Open Innovation: Diabetes Genetics Initiative

Open Innovation: Diabetes Genetics Initiative

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Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University - USA, Lund University from Sweden, and Novartis from Switzerland, United States
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the insulin that is produced is abnormal. The condition affects more than 170 million people a...

Open Innovation: Smart Grid

Open Innovation: Smart Grid

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Anna Gossen and Niels Gossen from Germany, Sergey Bessonnitsyn from Russia, Germany
Cisco, the computer networking giant created a global contest to come up with new ideas and markets that would fuel its future. Business Opportunities Cisco’s I-Prize developed out of the comp...

Open Innovation: DocumentCloud

Open Innovation: DocumentCloud

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Eric Umansky, Scott Klein, Aron Pilhofer, Ben Koski, United States
First there were newspapers, then television, and now it’s the Internet. The media landscape is moving fast with new technologies forever changing the way that news is delivered and received. News...

Open Innovation: Netflix Prize

Open Innovation: Netflix Prize

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BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos
It was the three-year computer competition that had mathematicians, statisticians, software engineers and cyber geeks from all over the world working feverishly toward a $1 million prize. The chall...

Open Innovation: Goldcorp Challenge

Open Innovation: Goldcorp Challenge

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Fractal Graphics, and Taylor Wall & Associates, Australia
Rob McEwen was sitting on a fortune; the trouble was he didn’t know exactly where it was located. It’s the year 2000 and the CEO of Goldcorp Inc., a gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, Ca...

Open Innovation: Exxon Valdez Cleanup

Open Innovation: Exxon Valdez Cleanup

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John Davis, United States
Despite extensive cleanup efforts more than 26 thousand US gallons of oil remained at the bottom of Prince William Sound, nearly twenty years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground. The oil tanker had ...

Open Innovation: X-Prize

Open Innovation: X-Prize

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Burt Rutan, United States
Ever since Yuri Gagarin whistled round the Earth aboard Vostok 1 and Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind millions of ordinary mortals have entertained the thought, “Gee I wouldn’t mind ...



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