chembThe United States military needs the crowd’s help to come up with a new chemical and biological agent-resistant suit.  It has therefore launched a new open innovation challenge, the Chembio Suit Challenge and is welcoming ideas and contributions from everybody.

Up for grabs for the winners is a share of $250,000 prize pot.
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lbulbFreudenberg Performance Materials, a manufacturer of technical textiles is looking for external input to help it develop products for next generation materials and products.

Scientists, students, developers, organizations and any other interested parties are being invited to take part in the Next-Generation Nonwovens open innovation competition.  And if you’re the winner, you will receive Freudenberg’s help to realize your startup.
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California_Drought_Dry_Riverbed_2009Congratulations to the EDDI team for taking the $100,000 first prize in Samsung’s ‘Makers against Drought Challenge’.

The global contest received more than 500 ideas for open innovation projects involving IoT (internet of things) technology to solve such tricky challenges as water scarcity.


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dengueThe battle against dengue fever has just got another weapon in its arsenal – the crowd. People from all over the world can help reduce the disease’s impact by using Dengue Track, a new disease mapping tool.

The user-friendly online chat tool will build a crowdsourced map of dengue outbreaks, translating big data into actionable information.
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air-pollution02-889x463For several years XPRIZES have been pushing the boundaries of human potential, encouraging brilliant minds to make breakthrough technologies and discoveries in genomics, space research, ocean health, climate change and more.

The first round of the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE has now closed, having received a raft of fascinating submissions.
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jeff bezosLet’s head into the weekend with a few quotes about innovation to help inspire us all to think differently and unblock innovation roadblocks.

I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder
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