One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is a call to action to provide universal access to clean water and sanitation by 2030.  Achieving it will take the efforts and ingenuity of many different players.

Two of those hoping to make a difference are global biotechnology giant Novozymes and Grundfos, a world leader in advanced pump technologies.  They have formed an open innovation collaboration to tackle this pressing issue.
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With creativity and imagination, anything is possible.  So here is a handful of quotes to inspire your innovation endeavours.

“Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?”

Robert Kennedy
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Things don’t only go bump in the night they also go whizz, woof, and clunk as there are many ways nighttime slumber can be disturbed – rowing neighbours, pets, partying kids, a snoring partner, machinery and so on. Headphones and earbuds can drown out some intrusive noises but there may be another way and that’s with sound.

Bose Corporation is developing sleepbuds that produce soothing sounds to help people drift off, and it’s asking the crowd to contribute.
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A fantastic way for organizations to give their innovation endeavours a rocket-sized boost and for innovators to get their teeth stuck into fascinating challenges is with IdeaConnection’s public challenges platform. Through this, our problem solvers and crowdsourced participants work to develop world-beating solutions.

One of our current public open innovation challenges is being hosted on behalf of the University of Iowa and it’s asking solvers to develop an analytical model that will help identify the best-performing stocks over time.
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For the world to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise significantly, perhaps even double what it is now. One potential hurdle is that we’re running out of cropland – land needed to grow crops. Other obstacles include climate change, limited growing conditions, and water scarcity.

To help generate the maximum yield from crops corn breeders develop experimental hybrids by finding the best combination of genes that result in high yielding hybrids.  These are tested in diverse locations and their performance measured, but there is a limited number of locations breeders can test.This results in fewer observations which means there can be uncertainty when selecting new hybrids.

So this is where you can come in by contributing to an open innovation challenge that could net you thousands of dollars.
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According to estimates, a quarter of the world’s food crops are contaminated by aflatoxin. The toxin is a carcinogen produced by some types of fungi that are found on maize, cottonseed and other crops.

To help eradicate the problem a new open innovation initiative has been launched that is inviting gamers to find solutions.
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So you’re an inventor with a brilliant new product that you know is going to fly off store shelves.  Now all you need to do is find someone and convince them to buy it.  This is the part that trips up many people so consequently, their ideas never get the attention they deserve.  They greatly underestimate the time, effort and expertise that is needed.  Getting an invention to market is more than just having a great idea.  So wouldn’t it be handy to have an avenue for exposing your creation to interested parties?

Fortunately, there is an easier way to get the right people to notice your innovation and that is to crowdsell it through IdeaConnection.


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Marikina City in the Philippines is beset by two major challenging situations: 1) natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods due to overflowing rivers and 2) manmade problems that are common to many cities around the world. These include social welfare issues such as a lack of maternal healthcare.

To help give citizens a brighter future seven innovators from all over the world flew into the city to come up with solutions via open innovation.
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