pfizer2009_thumbGlobal biopharmaceutical company Pfizer want your help to improve the health of children around the world.

It has launched an open innovation competition, along with the Institute of Pediatric Innovation (IPI) to source ideas for a package and dispensing device that will make it easier to dispense medicine to children.
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800px-Flughafen_Frankfurt_am_Main_-_Gate_A_-_Check-In_0212Frankfurt Airport, commonly known as Frankport wants to improve the passenger experience.  And so it is adopting an open innovation approach to harness what it hopes will be some innovative, popular and cool ideas.

The very first Frankfurt Airport Innovation Challenge is now under way and travelers have until June 28th to submit their ideas.
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innovationOpen innovation is thriving.  That’s one of the conclusions of the 2016 State of Innovation Report: Disruptive, Game-Changing Innovation by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters.

This annual study is now in its seventh year and based its findings on research that looked at global intellectual property data.  This included worldwide patent application activity and scientific literature publications in 12 technology areas, such as aerospace and defense, automotive, biotechnology and oil and gas.
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spaceapps1NASA is gearing up for what is billed to be one of the world’s largest hackathons. Between April 22-24 this year, members of the public from all round the world can take part in the International Space Apps Challenge.

The huge crowdsourcing exercise will involve participants developing mobile apps, software, hardware, platform solutions and more to contribute to space missions and to help solve pressing problems here on Earth.
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tax1Groundbreaking innovation is not a term you readily associate with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) but nonetheless innovations are need by the taxation agency in the United States.

So, it is turning to the crowd to help it come up with ways of improving its interactions with taxpayers.
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Mycobacterium_tuberculosisThe fight against tuberculosis has a new weapon – the crowd.  The University of Nottingham in the UK, supported by IBM’s World Community Grid has launched a new study into one of the world’s deadliest diseases – and it will involve crowdsourcing thousands of computers all over the world.
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