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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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.
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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.
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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.


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blindcapSamsung Electronics and creative agency Cheil Spain have developed an innovative swimming cap for visually impaired swimmers.

Blind Cap lets them know when to flip at the end of a pool to complete another length, and will be particularly useful for those entering races in the Paralympics.
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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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