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Selected News and Articles Mentioning IdeaConnection
The Discovery Challenge, sponsored by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), aimed to provide answers and suggestions to pressing industry challenges of how to increase tennis engagement (consider and try the sport) and how to increase tennis participation (play and stay in tennis). The TIA worked with IdeaConnection
, one of the world’s leading Open Innovation service companies, to develop the Discovery Challenge.
The Tennis Industry Association worked with IdeaConnection, one of the world’s leading Open Innovation service companies, to develop the DISCOVERY CHALLENGE, which started out in July with an online competition to showcase innovative solutions and will culminate with the presentation of the top ideas at the TIA TENNIS FORUM in New York City on Aug. 26. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/TIA-discovery/
. Ideaconnection.com is a fantastic source for the newest inventions that will be hitting the market soon. They typically post two or three brand new products per day, with an explanation of what the product is.
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on the rigor and validity of the process and the quality of the proposed solution. Finalists will be announced in March and will be given the opportunity to present their submissions at the end of April during the 2020 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Denver, Colorado where the winners will be announced. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS today launched the 2020 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, a competition that seeks analytical approaches to improve complex crop breeding processes. Data analytics, mathematics and statistics students, as well as professionals worldwide are invited to enter. Using real-world crop data, entrants are tasked to develop models that can predict the performance of potential corn products. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
The TIA has worked with IdeaConnection
, one of the world’s leading “Open Innovation” service companies, to develop the online competition designed to showcase innovation and solutions on how to increase tennis engagement and participation. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/TIA-discovery/
Now in its fourth year, the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics has provided members of the analytics community an opportunity to contribute to improving global food security. The competition asks participants to use real-world agriculture data to develop a predictive model to help optimize seed breeding. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
At Principal, Byrum has continued to pursue crowdsourcing for AI and analytical capabilities. Over his career, Byrum says he’s worked with thousands of crowdsourcing projects, and he strongly believes that they generally yield more innovative solutions than working with internal domain experts. He primarily uses Innocentive and IdeaConnection. Both platforms are for general research and innovation problems, and Byrum particularly likes the team-based and certified solver capabilities of IdeaConnection.
The competition gives math and data analytics experts a chance to use their expertise to build predictive models, based on real-world agriculture data, to help scientists build more resilient and higher-yielding seed hybrids and varieties.
In the 2019 challenge, participants are asked to develop a methodology that addresses how high-yielding corn hybrids will perform in diverse environments and under stresses that typically affect yield.
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS today announced the launch of the 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Operations research and data analytics students and professionals worldwide are invited to enter, using real-world crop data to develop models assessing the ability of corn hybrids to optimize water.
There are currently several well-known and highly utilized open innovation platforms in the world, such as: Innocentive.com, IdeaConnection.com
, Yet2.com, NineSigma.com, Nankejin Min, or outsourcing media sites such as : UpWork.com, Freelancer.com, Pig Eight Rings, and so on; the aforementioned P&G is a beneficiary of this type of open innovation platform.
For this 2018 edition of the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, participants were asked to predict the performances of maize hybrids for 2017 using three different datasets holding information up to 2016 on genetic markers of maize hybrids and soil and weather conditions of the test locations. More details can be found at www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
The Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics was established in 2015 with funding provided by prize winnings awarded to Syngenta in connection with its receipt of the 2015 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
The competition, hosted by the Analytics Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), concluded during the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Baltimore, Maryland, where five finalist teams presented their submissions to the Crop Challenge prize committee. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
“In selecting the finalists for this competition, we looked at the rigor, clarity and innovation of the submissions we received,” said Nicolas Martin, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Crop Challenge prize committee chair and member of INFORMS. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
16. Crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is similar to surveys, and it is more open to public comment. Lego is a good example of how consumers can submit their ideas to LEGO. If the seller wants to organize their own crowdsourced product creative activities, then the tools available are: InnoCentive, Chaordix, IdeaConnection
So let a thousand local flowers bloom, Memphis! Open meritocratic exchanges are the future. Websites such as IdeaConnection.com
offer financial rewards to independents who solve problems or offer ideas to companies. So why not have an open, meritocratic, local RFP for public spaces — or even for public problems or issues?
“If corn breeders could accurately predict the performance of each hybrid in untested environments, they could make better decisions on which hybrids to move forward and provide to growers,” says Greg Doonan, head of oilseeds genetic projects at Syngenta. Data and more information are available at www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS invite analytics and operations research students and professionals to contribute to the future of agriculture by entering the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The submission period for the competition is now open, and entries will be accepted until Jan. 11, 2018. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/
Principal Financial Group®, in partnership with the University of Iowa, is launching its first Principal Challenge in Analytics Innovation, a crowdsourced, problem-solving competition among undergraduate students to develop data-driven solutions to navigate financial markets. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/principal-challenge/
Several companies put problems online and offer cash to people who can come up with effective solutions. Also worth a look is IdeaConnection
. Register and it sends you email invites to help solve firms' problems for cash.
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS® are proud to recognize a team from the BioSense Institute in Serbia as the winner of the second annual Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics
The Analytics Society of INFORMS®, a flagship community of the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, has selected the competition finalists for the 2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics
Plazabridge Group, LLC, a services and technology firm specialized in technology development, innovation commercialization and revenue growth services, announced today the selection of the firm’s CEO and General Partner, Mrs. Teresa Spangler to participate in the IdeaConnection project inventions leveraging converging technogies such as; Sensors, IoT and Blockchain.
Using provided datasets, Crop Challenge participants are asked to predict which soybean seed variety or mix of up to seven varieties in appropriate proportions is more likely to be chosen. Entries will be evaluated based on the rigor and validity of the process used to determine which variety or varieties are selected for planting and should include documented methodology. Visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge
Similar high level of success of its crowdsourcing campaigns, up to 90%, was reported by another open innovation service provider, IdeaConnection. Just compare these numbers to about 2% success rate claimed by Dell's IdeaStorm!
Customers of Brightidea will now be able to get access to IdeaConnection’s global network of highly-skilled technical experts; they will also enjoy IdeaConnection’s full range of open innovation services.
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) are proud to name Xiaocheng Li, Huaiyang Zhong, and Associate Professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon, a team from Stanford University, as the winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) has selected the competition finalists for the Syngenta Crop Challenge
, which tasks participants to develop a model that predicts the seed varieties farmers should plant next season to maximize yield.
The Syngenta Crop Challenge
case competition, challenging participants to develop a model that helps predict what farmers should plant next season to maximize yield, launches today. Contestants will use provided data on soil property, weather and seed variety tests to develop their unique models.
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IdeaConnection, on the other hand, exists to bring together teams of specialists as and when needed to solve specific problems. IdeaConnection mainly works with businesses engaging in scientific research of some kind, chemistry, pharma, food science, biotech, consumer products, engineering or material science “the kind of thing where there you come across scientific problems that are narrow and specific in scope”. But the concept has much potential for innovation in any sector – and the need to cooperate and utilise external expertise has never been greater.
Outside of the organization, there are an increasing number of avenues for employees to use their un-tapped knowledge, skills, and employees to satisfy their quest for passion and purpose. These include challenge driven marketplaces for both crowdsourcing and open innovation, places like Innocentive, 99 Designs, IdeaConnection
, Crowdspring, and others.
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, and Syngenta, announce a new, joint award, the Syngenta Crop Challenge, which will focus on ways that analytics can address the problem of feeding millions of people throughout the world who face hunger every day.
Details about the award, a collaboration between Syngenta and the INFORMS Analytics Section, are at www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/.
Optimal marginality also underpins IdeaConnection, an eight-year-old, Victoria-based, open-innovation platform that assembles teams of solvers rather than relying on individuals to crack seekers’ conundrums. “The idea is to put five people together on a team that can solve a problem that a company with 10,000 scientists can’t,” says Paul Wagorn, IdeaConnection’s president.
Take a look at Innocentive.com, a "global, online marketplace where organisations in need of innovation - companies, academic institutions, public sector, and non-profit organisations - can utilise a global network of over 160,000 of the world's brightest problem solvers". IdeaConnection.com and EdisonNation.com are also worth a visit.
Service providers such as NineSigma, InnoCentive and IdeaConnection focus on challenge-driven innovation in which they help companies (seekers) connect with individuals as well as other companies (solvers) in order to get their problems solved. Such an approach can be applied within many different kinds of business functions and thus it can bring value to both types of companies.
Another independent platform is IdeaConnection
. Its focus is on proposals for new technologies and products. It also includes competitions for ideas in the fast-moving sector, and its clients include some of the largest corporations in the sector.
Beyond technology platforms, there are pre-existing for-profit and non-profit innovation communities for many disciplines and industries that can be tapped into to drive innovation programs. Well known examples include Innocentive, IdeaConnection, and NineSigma, to name just a few.
There is another growing trend that is now rivaling the growing power of robotics and automation – crowdsourcing. It all started with prizes like The Longitude Prize, but now thanks to the power of the Internet, companies and individuals all around the world are breaking down their projects and processes and tapping into the power of the crowd using loosely-organized, non-employee workforces like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to execute micro-tasks, getting whole tasks completed through sites like Top Coder and Crowdspring, or calling upon the crowd to solve difficult challenges using sites like Innocentive, NineSigma, and IdeaConnection
Paul Wagorn on open innovation intermediaries, problem solving and technology scouting. Paul is Director and VP of business development for IdeaConnection. "Paul has been instrumental in developing the framework within which these expert teams operate, and has also developed innovative ways to perform technology scouting and other problem solving systems."
There are also thousands of extremely smart problem solvers out there who are unknown and simply need a venue and a problem to solve for a fee and then invest the difference to build wealth.
Research and Development Platforms: Here questions from research and development (R & D) are solved. Platforms such as Tekscout, Innocentive or IdeaConnection
connect companies with researchers, giving them access to an enormous pool of knowledge.
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. Imagine that your biotechnology business is facing a challenge that you don't know how to solve. Maybe you'd like to turn to open innovation by putting together a brainstorming team to bounce around ideas, but you also need to protect the confidentiality of the project. Then you're just the sort of client who calls on IdeaConnection in British Columbia.
Steps for Working with IdeaConnection. Page 129.
Thanks to Cary for pointing out this interesting request on IdeaConnection, which is basically an online market-place for crowdsourcing solutions to R&D problems.
There are other programs and businesses involved in open innovation and incentive challenges, including Scientists Without Borders, Gates Foundation (Grand Challenges Explorations), IdeaConnection
, NineSigma, and OmniCompete. The world is full of good ideas and numerous pressing global problems. With creative efforts like these, one hopes we will all reap the benefits of connecting problems with problem solvers.
"In recent years, intermediaries, as YourEncore, IdeaConnection, InnoCentive and others had a sharp growth in the markets, due to the need to create ways to connect to and communicate with other companies, organizations and individuals."
OPEN INNOVATION. Before (long before) making decisions, opening thinking abroad is a source of fertile ideas and unthinkable projects. It requires humility (there may be people outside the organization that have better ideas than indoors. Why not? In Canada we find sustainable initiatives such as IdeaConnection
. The examples (to be imitated) are multiplied by the world.
In many ways it's a dream come true – IdeaConnection is quite seriously offering a penny for your thoughts. The newly launched website is marketing itself as a trading ground for ideas; allowing users to post problems and handpick a team of thinkers varied in age, experience, location and field of expertise to work on the solution.