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.
read more

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.


read more

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.
read more

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.
read more

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
read more

blairLast week in the UK, the Chilcot Report delivered a devastating critique of Tony Blair and his government’s handling of the war in Iraq.  It said that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein was overstated and the plans for the aftermath were “wholly inadequate”.

The report was the culmination of a 7-year investigation and is some 2.6 million words in length.  That‘s a lot of detail to pore over.  So much so that the Guardian newspaper has turned to the crowd to help it find information that has yet to come to light.
read more

hurricane-from-space-satellite-725x479Over the years, satellites have snapped super sharp images of our planet from all angles. And while they have provided us with a lot of insights into the Earth, these two-dimensional photos have their limitations.

To improve on the current technology the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the United States has launched an open innovation challenge.
read more

Battle_of_Antietam_by_ThulstrupHistory enthusiasts are getting excited with news of a crowdsourcing project that aims to decode U.S. Civil War telegrams.

The nationwide initiative is being led by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and also involves a small number of universities, including the University of Minnesota.


read more