To source innovative timber building designs Metsa Wood (part of the paper group Metsäliitto) invited architects, engineers and innovators to take part in the world’s first Open Source Wood Hackathon, which took place recently in Nantes, France.

Participants formed three multidisciplinary teams to generate novel wood designs using a type of laminated veneer lumber.
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Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest new technologies and research into its use is intensifying across multiple industries, including healthcare where it may be able to help prevent suicide.

Every year close to 800,000 people commit suicide which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. It is a global problem and has become the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29 years old. And for every suicide, there could be at least 100 to 200 attempts.
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Healthcare for seniors could soon be given a huge innovation boost thanks to the VABeachBio Innovation Challenge.

This open innovation contest aims to result in the launch of 20 start-up companies focused on creating therapeutics, vaccines and devices for veteran-related illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular and neurological disorders.
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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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