England may well be a green and pleasant land, but some of its parks are under threat.  Faced with budgetary cuts and increasing expenses, some local authorities are selling off green spaces to make ends meet.

Their actions are so worrying campaigners that they’ve launched an open innovation project to find out exactly what’s at risk.
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Gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of space time that were predicted by Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity.  However, they are so tiny that detecting them has proved to be notoriously difficult.

The first detection of this elusive phenomenon was made around 100 years after Einstein’s work by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).  Now the scientists behind the research are turning to the crowd with an open innovation initiative to help them become better and faster at finding the tell-tale signs of gravitational waves.
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Telecommunications giant AT&T is set to launch a new data sharing platform called Network 3.0 Indigo.

It will provide a trusted open innovation environment where organizations can share data and collaborate on analytics, free of the usual constraints that hamper some data-sharing communities, such as privacy, ownership and identity management.
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An open innovation project from Germany is helping energy researchers with numerous endeavors and enterprises.

OpenGridMap is crowdsourcing data related to the world’s power grid and making it freely available to others. The aim is to produce realistic input data for simulation studies in several fields, such as simulating the feeding of renewable energy into the grid and modeling its effects.
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whitehousenightphotoIn recent weeks Facebook has come in for huge criticism across the globe after some users complained that fabricated news stories had influenced the US presidential election.

And now the social media giant has responded with a raft of new features to fight the fake news and hoaxes, and it includes enlisting the help of the crowd.
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gears-1443730_960_720IdeaConnection has a wonderful resource of highly educated, highly creative and whip smart solvers and facilitators.  They create breakthrough solutions for a range of companies in different industries.

While the possibility of financial reward is a motivating factor, it is not the only or indeed the main reason why many solvers sign up for challenges.  In their own words, here’s a quick insight into what motivates some of our brilliant solvers and facilitators.
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space-89468_960_720“In space, no one can hear you scream,” was the tagline of the first Alien movie. And that’s because there is no medium for sound to travel because space is a vacuum. Or is it?

Martin Archer is a space plasma physicist at the University of London currently working on an open innovation project to collect sounds from empty space, and he wants the crowd to help him with his endeavor.
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