According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 20 Veterans commit suicide each day. And in 2014, roughly 67% of all Veteran deaths by suicide were the result of firearm injuries.

It’s grim statistics like these that prompted the agency to host an open innovation challenge to develop cost-effective solutions for firearm storage, which Veterans and their families and friends could use to prevent suicide, injury or accidents.
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The Road to Success with Open Innovation Facilitators

IdeaConnection’s problem-solving teams regularly come up with breakthrough innovations and solutions for a range of solution seekers. Helping these brilliant minds to deliver results are world-class facilitators.

From time to time we publish interviews with these super talented members of our teams to hear about their experiences. Here’s a little flavor of the some of things they’ve told us.
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Women’s Safety XPrize Winner

A new type of gadget that can help to keep women safe has won the $1 million top prize of a global open innovation competition, the Women’s Safety XPrize.

It was founded by the philanthropists Anu and Naveen Jain to address the problem of violence again women.
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Although the Early Entrant Prize is being awarded today there are still 60 days left to enter Solution Search: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change.

This global open innovation contest is sponsored by several organizations including Conservation International, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Wildlife Fund, and will award a prize of $25,000.
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Open Innovation Platform for Singapore

Singapore is looking to ramp up its innovation efforts and therefore will soon be launching the Open Innovation Platform, a virtual crowdsourcing platform that aims to foster innovative ideas and narrow the gap between research and commercialization.

The platform will give companies better access to opportunities and will be rolled out under the auspices of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). This is a statutory board of the government of Singapore.
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With patients demanding better customer experiences and pharma companies facing increasing pressure to improve outcomes, the need for the healthcare sector to innovate has never been greater.

And that means there is a greater need for smart solutions. An article in the current edition of Forbes online highlights four examples of how this can be achieved through crowdsourcing initiatives.
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Open Innovation for the Korean Pharma Industry

Delegates at the recently held Korean Pharma Associations Conference (KPAC) 2018 spent part of their time talking about the importance of open innovation to improve public health and for the growth of local and foreign pharmaceutical companies.

And one of the key topics was how to facilitate open innovation for new drug development.
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