Wall Street Journal

Got a Great Business Idea? Pitch It to a Website

DATE: 11/05/2014

Ideas are the lifeblood of an entrepreneur. Now a host of websites aim to give dreamers new ways to develop their ideas—and possibly turn a profit on them. One variety of site lets people with marketable ideas get a shot at having them critiqued by experts or other users, and perhaps even have the ideas developed. Another type of site hosts contests that offer prizes for cooking up innovative solutions to big problems facing corporations and other organizations. A newer variety of site lets people talk about pie-in-the-sky concepts and brainstorm about how to make them reality. Here’s a closer look at what these venues have to offer.

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Opening innovation to global problem-solvers could yield government solutions

DATE: 10/28/2014

Editor’s note: Government Product News asked Innocentive’s Alph Bingham and Jon Fredrickson about innovations in products and processes in the public sector. Bingham is founder of InnoCentive and Fredrickson is vice president of government.

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Beyond Heroism And Denial: How To Fortify Our Response To Ebola

DATE: 10/22/2014

Heroism and denial have been the hallmarks of the Ebola crisis. The heroes are the front-line healthcare workers, 400 of whom have caught the disease, and 227 have died. Despite their bravery and sacrifice, however, skepticism and bureaucracy have slowed the response to the disease, and helped the epidemic gallop out of control. The outbreak that was first reported in December 2013, and only had about 50 identified cases in March, has now spread to 8900 patients, half of whom have died – 40% in the last month. It has entered its exponential phase with the number of cases doubling every three weeks. The numbers of cases and casualties have gone up ten times since June. Will we be looking at 80,000 patients and 40,000 deaths by the end of the year?

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Crowdsourcing Collaboration Celebrates “Outside the Box” Applications for Dow’s UCON™ Oil Soluble PAGs to Help Address Global Challenges

DATE: 09/19/2014

Building on its foundational excellence of science-driven innovation, Dow turned to the power of the crowd to spearhead new application development and potential markets for UCON™ oil-soluble polyalkylene glycols (oil-soluble PAGs). Partnering with InnoCentive, the first of its kind Oil-Sol Challenge received more than 60 solutions from 43 countries.

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NASA Picks Top Earth Data Challenge Ideas, Opens Call for Climate Apps

DATE: 08/22/2014

NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform.

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Follow that Cell

DATE: 08/21/2014

The National Institutes of Health is challenging science innovators to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000, by developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The NIH Follow that Cell Challenge External Web Site Policy seeks tools that would, for example, monitor a cell in the process of becoming cancerous, detect changes due to a disease-causing virus, or track how a cell responds to treatment.

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TSA wants your help to improve screening wait times; offers $15,000 in prize money for winning idea

DATE: 08/02/2014

DENVER - The Transportation Security Administration is making a public plea for ideas on how to improve the security lines at checkpoint across the country -- including Denver International Airport. Currently the average wait time is 10 minutes, yet the TSA acknowledges the number of air passengers is expected to grow. Frequent fliers know the frustration can create stress early on during a trip. "Very stressful. I've gone places nearly crying by the time I got on the plane," said Barbara Shannon, who is flying from Denver to Los Angeles.

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Attention, Passengers: $15,000 Prize For Whoever Can Speed TSA Screening

DATE: 07/29/2014

In anticipation that more fliers will be eager to pay for expedited checkpoint screening, the Transportation Security Administration has promised to award $15,000 in cash prizes to whoever can design a faster waiting line system. TSA on Tuesday opened a competition on InnoCentive, a website for crowdsourcing solutions to problems, which enables individuals and teams to submit proposals.

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Design a Better TSA Checkpoint and Win!

DATE: 07/29/2014

Since the inception of the Transportation Security Administration, the security checkpoint at airports within the United States has seen many changes and additions. From traditional metal detectors to full body scanners, the screening methods may have changed, but the basic layout of the checkpoint has remained the same. The typical TSA checkpoint has one large queue for most passengers, possibly a line for Business and First Class passengers, and finally a line for Pre✓™ passengers. To help sort out the madness, the TSA is turning to the public to help redesign the security queue and is awarding a total of $15,000 to the best submissions.

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Airport security, health IT, cyber-collaboration and more

DATE: 07/21/2014

TSA turns to contest to improve PreCheck The Transportation Safety Administration is turning to the crowd for ways to improve its PreCheck expedited security screening program. The TSA's listing on the InnoCentive crowdsourcing platform promised to reward the best ideas on how to improve PreCheck processes with a share of $15,000 in prize money. TSA said it was looking for a "Next Generation Checkpoint Queue Design Model to apply a scientific and simulation modeling approach to meet the dynamic security screening environment."

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Lumina Foundation in Partnership with The Economist Group and InnoCentive Launches Challenge to Bridge the Gap between Education and Business

DATE: 07/07/2014

Lumina Foundation, in partnership with The Economist Group and InnoCentive , has launched a new crowdsourcing challenge which will generate solutions to closing the skills gap and increasing communication between higher education and today's workforce. Open to the public, the Challenge seeks to create a product or service that will facilitate communication between employers and higher education in order to better teach skills that are relevant and necessary for today's workforce

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Crowd Power: A New Way to Solve Health Problems

DATE: 07/01/2014

Claudio Fiocchi, MD, knows how much early detection matters for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. But he also knows today’s diagnostic tools generally detect the disease too late — after it has done extensive damage. When Dr. Fiocchi sought a new answer, he turned to the crowd. The idea: When trying to solve a problem, two heads are better than one. Two heads mean twice the brainpower, twice the ideas. So what happens when a hundred, a thousand or even a million heads work on your problem? Your chances of getting a solution rise.

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BioPharma Learns From Marvel, Begins Real Life Search For “X-Men”

DATE: 04/30/2014

Biopharma employees read, as you might expect, a wide spectrum of scientific journals and trade publications. What might be surprising is that their reading lists appear to have expanded recently to include classic Marvel comics. What’s led me to this conclusion? The Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB has sponsored an Innovation Challenge on the InnoCentive Website with a goal to “identify individuals, families, groups or communities who possess rare phenotypes – for example people who possess great self-healing abilities, incredible memory or who are protected from disease.”

O Magazine

Do I let Myself Fail Enough

DATE: 04/01/2014

In this article by Sarah Lewis, former member of the Obama’s Art’s Policy Committee, “Do I let Myself Fail Enough” Sarah mentions InnoCentive as a company that crowdsources answers to problems companies can’t fix.

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Potholes and Big Data: Crowdsourcing Our Way to Better Government

DATE: 03/24/2014

Phil Simon, Big Data and technology adviser, writes about Street Bump,an app that allows drivers to automatically report the road hazards to the city as soon as they hear that unfortunate “thud,” with their smartphones doing all the work. In July 2012, the City of Boston contracted InnoCentive to improve Street Bump and reduce the amount of tail chasing. The company accepted the challenge and essentially turned it into a contest, a process sometimes called gamification. InnoCentive offered a network of 400,000 experts a share of $25,000 in prize money donated by Liberty Mutual.

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Trying to Create Tomorrow's Company With Yesterday's Rules and Tools: Part 2 - The New Rules and Tools

DATE: 03/24/2014

Jeff DeGraff, Innovation thought leader and expert, discusses new approaches to innovation practices and makes mention of InnoCentive as a crowdsourcing innovation network

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Pundits Weigh In On The Next Big Thing

DATE: 08/26/2013

Insightful article articulates that "crowdsourcing works because the further a problem is from a person’s field of expertise, the more likely they are to solve it. They’re unshackled by the paradigms that plague us when we’re caught in organizational noise and process."

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The Crowd May Have Answers, but Agencies Must Define the Problem

DATE: 08/20/2013

Article that discusses the use cases for crowdsourcing in government. Specifically, "crowdsourcing can help agencies save money, spur innovations in important industries and, in some cases such as the Citizen Archivist program, complete more work than could ever be done in house."

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Predicting the Future in Big Pharma

DATE: 08/16/2013

Compelling interview with Ken Savin, who is both Director of Process Chemistry Research at Eli Lilly & Company, and a well-informed and inspiring voice on innovation.

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Eurapp Seeking Innovative Ideas to Create More Opportunities in the EU App Economy

DATE: 08/09/2013

Insightful article about the Eurapp Challenge, which is looking for Solvers to tackle key issues around funding and scaling-up in the EU app economy and dealing with EU-wide market conditions.

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Challenge Seeks Technique to Estimate Age from DNA Samples

DATE: 08/09/2013

Article about the recently launched $25,000 Estimating Age from DNA Challenge. This Challenge seeks a robust, rapid, and accurate method to determine an individual’s age using DNA from a variety of biological specimens.

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Lumina Foundation Issues Challenge to Improve User Experience of the “College Scorecard”

DATE: 08/02/2013

Another compelling Challenge launched by Lumina Foundation. The goal is to "provide an easy-to-use, streamlined source of information about college that is appealing to the diverse landscape of potential students."

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USAID Rewards Atrocity-Prevention Mobile Apps

DATE: 08/01/2013

Insightful article that dives into the recently completed USAID-Humanity United Atrocity Prevention Challenges. The article includes information about the winning Solvers.

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One Way to Improve Innovation and Creativity

DATE: 07/26/2013

Insightful article by industry thought-leader Don Peppers which argues that "your best new ideas, and a company’s most breakthrough innovations, will come when you tap your weak ties by interacting with the disciplines you know less about, or the experts you rarely consult, or the people you associate with less frequently."

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Building the Future of Arms Control Through Innovative Eyes

DATE: 07/24/2013

Insightful blog post by U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller on the recently launched 2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge.

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U.S. State Department Launches "2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge"

DATE: 07/22/2013

This Challenge seeks to develop innovative arms control inspection tools and processes that capture the potential of an era characterized by mobile devices and open information sharing. Ideas are being solicited for technology solutions to support future arms control inspections.

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5 Boston-Based Startups That Follow The Crowd

DATE: 07/17/2013

Article puts forth that "InnoCentive is...unarguably a global thought leader when it comes to maximizing the idea of on-demand talent."

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Internal Innovation Networks – Foundation for Success

DATE: 07/13/2013

Insightful article by InnoCentive consultant Eugene Ivanov which posits "that the full potential of external innovation can only be realized by the concerted effort of properly connected people within organizations capable of identifying and properly defining their own needs. After all, knowing thyself is something that can’t be brought from outside."

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InnoCentive Cited As A Leader by Independent Research Firm

DATE: 07/11/2013

InnoCentive was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its Q3 2013 Innovation Management Tools Wave™ report. In this evaluation, InnoCentive was cited as a Leader. (note that the report is only available to Forrester clients)

Vancouver Sun

Knowledge Problem? Go with the Crowd

DATE: 07/10/2013

Are you engaging the crowd to generate ideas and solve important problems? This article posits that "information technology applications are giving people more say in processes ranging from product development to government policy-making...Given what we are seeing in today's business environment, it may be that we are on the threshold of a new paradigm of crowd engagement for knowledge through IT."

Bloomberg Businessweek

The End of the Great-Man Theory of Innovation

DATE: 07/10/2013

Compelling article in Bloomberg Businessweek which concludes that "collaborative innovation will mean the end of the great-man theory of innovation. Before much longer, the differentiator among great managers will be less individual brilliance and more skill in extracting value from a fluid network of internal and external parties.

Wall Street Journal

USAID and Humanity United Announce Winners of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention

DATE: 07/10/2013

USAID and Humanity United today announced the winners of the second round of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, unveiling a new wave of promising technologies with the potential to save lives and assist communities at risk in conflict. Three of the five Atrocity Prevention Challenges (Enablers, Capture, and Communicate) were crowdsourced to InnoCentive's global community of nearly 300,000 creative and diverse problem Solvers.

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The New Global Economy: Managing Risk, Leveraging Opportunity

DATE: 07/09/2013

InnoCentive Co-Founder and Board Member Alph Bingham recently spoke at the 19th Annual International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. Said Alph: "It’s amazing how many people out there have profoundly creative ideas and are ready and willing to share them. Their motivations for contributing are diverse, but the results are the same – better solutions, faster. I think there are many Challenges we could make progress on by pushing less and pulling more.
" [after clicking through to OpenCanada.org, scroll down the page and click Alph's picture to hear more about what he had to say]

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4 Ways Open Innovation Can Drive Your Business Forward

DATE: 07/08/2013

InnoCentive cited in this compelling and practical article focused on how open innovation can help your business achieve tangible results.

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GSK and Save the Children Launch One Million Dollar Award to Discover New Healthcare Innovations for Reducing Child Deaths

DATE: 06/27/2013

$1 Million InnoCentive-hosted Challenge seeks to identify and reward innovations in healthcare which have proven successful in reducing child deaths in developing countries.

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How Open Innovation Increases Consumer Value

DATE: 06/14/2013

Insight article in Innovation Excellence featuring InnoCentive's Eric Seibold and a discussion about how OI increases consumer value. Nike's Fuelband is featured as an example.

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How Crowdsourcing Fuels Healthcare Innovation

DATE: 06/04/2013

When it comes to your health, everyone knows you’re supposed to get a second opinion. But what about a third, fourth or even a thousandth opinion? Should the “wisdom of crowds” play a role in healthcare? InnoCentive's David Weisman is interviewed in this compelling article on the power of crowdsourcing to improve healthcare research and innovation.

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May the Best Model Win

DATE: 06/04/2013

This insightful article discusses how "Big Data" computational Challenges are tapping the collective wisdom of the scientific community to solve medicine’s biggest problems. InnoCentive co-founder and board member Alph Bingham is interviewed.

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2013 Global Security Challenge Launches

DATE: 06/03/2013

This year's Global Security Challenge (GSC) - the world's preeminent security prize - focuses on cybersecurity. The Challenge seeks the most promising young companies, university spin-offs, and concept projects capable of providing the next generation of protection for our data and ourselves - detecting threats and processing intelligence to ensure our online and physical safety.

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The Wisdom of the Crowd

DATE: 05/24/2013

Article featuring InnoCentive Co-Founder and Board Member Alph Bingham discussing InnoCentive's work and business model. Highlighting the City of Boston's successful "Big Data" Street Bump Challenge, the article goes on to say that "InnoCentive provides a creative environment for virtual problem-solving and collaboration among the world’s top thinkers."

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The App Pack: Urban Mechanics Connect Residents with Government

DATE: 05/10/2013

Two Boston city employees are using technology to revolutionize the way local governments interact with residents. And they’re doing it from—of all places—inside Mayor Menino’s City Hall. InnoCentive was the primary Challenge partner for the City of Boston's "Street Bump" Challenge.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters Seeks Most Innovative Use of Web of Knowledge APIs

DATE: 05/03/2013

In January 2013, Thomson Reuters launched the Challenge "Seeking Creative Use Cases for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge," which engaged over 830 Solvers from around the world and solicited over 177 solution submissions. Yesterday, Thompson Reuters launched the second Challenge in this two-phase Challenge series, "Expose Data Relationships Through Visualization of Thomson Reuters Web of Science Content."

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Geoffrey Beene Foundation Announces $100,000 Alzheimer’s Challenge

DATE: 04/26/2013

This $100,000 Challenge powered by InnoCentive is the first to ask Solvers to identify male/female differences in early cognitive decline so as to promote earlier interventions for both women and men.

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CEA Challenge to Innovators: How Can We Recycle CRT Glass?

DATE: 04/26/2013

Article in ThomasNet News about CEA's Cathode Ray Challenge. The article features commentary from Christian Stevenson, InnoCentive’s Director of Premium Challenges, highlights the winners of CEA's first Challenge, and discusses the importance of this new Challenge which is open until July 1, 2013.

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Consumer Electronics and Being Green

DATE: 04/22/2013

A synopsis of the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) sustainability efforts including its work with InnoCentive on a couple of sustainability Challenges focused on old cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs.

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Lumina Pairs With InnoCentive to Improve Post-Secondary Education

DATE: 04/03/2013

Article featuring an interview with Lumina Foundation's VP of Innovation, Kiko Suarez, focused on the recent launch of the Foundation's Open Innovation Pavilion, new Challenges, and overall strategic goals for the program.

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Find a Sustainable Solution in the CRT Challenge

DATE: 04/01/2013

The Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) recently launched part two of its Cathode Ray Challenge, this one focused on finding new uses for recycled glass. This article discusses both the current Challenge and previous one, including information about the winning Solvers.

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EIT Innovation Competition Launches for Rail

DATE: 03/21/2013

Article on the UK's Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) and its £1m competition to identify opportunities for innovation in service culture, business process, journey planning, the whole journey experience, and design of facilities. InnoCentive's Director Jonathan Slater is interviewed.

Crowdsouring.org

Open Innovation Challenge Aims to End Mass Atrocities

DATE: 03/13/2013

Insightful article by Crowdsourcing.org which dives into the USAID and Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, a technology competition featuring five distinct Challenges (of which three are being run on InnoCentive) which seek to enlist Solvers from around the world in support of the White House’s effort to design new tools to help prevent and respond to mass atrocities.

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USAID and Humanity United Announce Round 2 of Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention

DATE: 03/06/2013

Three new Innovation Challenges which encourage individuals, groups, and organizations to apply technology-based solutions to the most significant issues surrounding atrocity prevention.

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The Power of the Crowd (byline in Alliance Magazine)

DATE: 03/01/2013

InnoCentive's Simon Schneider penned this insightful byline about the power of the crowd in the March 2013 issue of Alliance Magazine.

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How Crowdsourcing Could Save the Department of Energy

DATE: 02/27/2013

This article by Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media asks the question, "Are DOE’s most effective problem-solvers outside the department itself?" Jon Fredrickson, VP of Government Programs at InnoCentive, is interviewed in this article.

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InnoCentive Interview on the John Batchelor Show

DATE: 02/20/2013

InnoCentive's VP of Marketing Steve Bonadio is interviewed by Chris Riback about InnoCentive's unique business model and value proposition in this nine minute segment on the John Batchelor Show.

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Boston Gets Big Data

DATE: 02/14/2013

This article dives into the real world application of the City of Boston's Street Bump Challenge which was hosted by InnoCentive. The article is excerpted from Phil Simon's "Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data," a book that will be published by John Wiley & Sons in early March of 2013.

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Thorny Research Problems, Solved by Crowdsourcing

DATE: 02/11/2013

Article in the Boston Globe focused on crowdsourcing innovation problems and featuring commentary by InnoCentive's marketing VP Steve Bonadio.

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InnoCentive Attracts Scientists for "Extreme" Open Innovation

DATE: 02/04/2013

In this report, "New Chemistry: Getting Biopharmaceutical Talent Right," management consulting firm PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) provides a case study of "Extreme" Open Innovation featuring an interview with InnoCentive founder and industry thought-leader Alph Bingham. [Note: the case study is located in red toward the bottom of the page, click the plus sign to expand it].

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters Hosts Challenge to Generate Ideas for Expanding the Scientific Discovery Experience on the Web of Knowledge

DATE: 01/25/2013

Thomson Reuters launched a Challenge today titled "Seeking Creative Use Cases for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge." This $10,000 Ideation Challenge seeks use cases for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge content, tools, and APIs (Application Programming Interface) that would enable users to engage in creative new behaviors, beyond what is currently possible with online research portals. How will users want to search and discover scholarly content throughout the next 5 years?

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Inside View: InnoCentive - Interview with Siobhan Gibney Gomis

DATE: 01/21/2013

InnoCentive's Senior Director of Operations and Deputy Head of EMEA, Siobhan Gibney Gomis, is interviewed by Business Because. "Like a football club and its fans, we are nothing without our Solvers," says Gibney Gomis.

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InnoCentive 2012 Year In Review

DATE: 01/02/2013

We wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy & Prosperous New Year, and to look back at all of the great things we accomplished together in 2012.

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Polio and Undiscovered Public Knowledge: Q&A with Harvey Arbesman

DATE: 12/14/2012

Wired Q&A with Harvey Arbesman, one of the winning Solvers of the BeyondPolio Challenge. This Challenge achieved BeyondPolio’s desired result of identifying promising solution paths that could help complete the eradication of polio at a global level, building on the success of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative which has used oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) to nearly wipe out the virus in the remaining countries where it has been circulating.

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DTRA/SCC-WMD Announces $1 Million Algorithm Challenge

DATE: 12/13/2012

DTRA/SCC-WMD’s most recent initiative is “The DTRA Algorithm Challenge” – an open competition hosted by InnoCentive with a $1 Million prize for the individual or team that develops an algorithm which can most rapidly and accurately characterize a complex clinical sample based solely on raw DNA sequence data.

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Winner Revealed! The Economist-Nielsen Data Visualization Challenge

DATE: 12/10/2012

This Challenge asked the world to review Nielsen's global consumer data, generate insightful conclusions with broad implications, and present a compelling visual presentation of the most interesting ideas from the data. Over 4,000 Solvers from 101 countries signed up to participate in the Challenge, and of the hundreds of Solvers from around the globe who provided a solution, seven were chosen as finalists. The winning team was announced at The Economist World in 2013 Festival in New York City on December 8, 2012.

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Solver Revealed! An Innovative Idea to Eradicate Polio

DATE: 11/29/2012

Article featuring Solver Harvey Arbesman for his winning work on the recently awarded BeyondPolio Challenge. Mr. Arbesman was an InnoCentive Top Solver in 2010 and also provided a winning solution in the $1M Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Challenge.

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Harvard Business Review: Are You Solving the Right Problem?

DATE: 11/19/2012

InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin's September 2012 article in HBR posits that most firms aren't solving the right problems, or even asking the right questions, which undermines their innovation efforts. Courtesy of HBR, this article is now available to the general public until August 2013.

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Your City Needs These 7 Open Data Apps

DATE: 11/07/2012

Our work with the City of Boston on the Street Bump Challenge is profiled on Mashable Tech as a top open data app for cities and their citizens.

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Challenge Seeks Smartphone GPS Jamming Detector

DATE: 11/02/2012

This Science Business article discusses a recent Challenge posted on InnoCentive seeking methods for detecting GPS signal jamming using hardware or software solutions (particularly those involving use of distributed smartphones).

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Learn How to Find Solutions on the Job

DATE: 10/16/2012

The Miami Herald interviews InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin on how to become a problem solver in your workplace. The article posits: "Problem-solving ability ranks high as a desirable trait for job candidates and it should become even more in demand from all level of employees."

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InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin to Present at Back End of Innovation 2012

DATE: 10/08/2012

Dwayne will present “Harnessing Challenges & A World of Talent to Drive Tangible Value and Return-on-Innovation" at BEI 2012 in Boston. Part of the Return on Innovation track, Dwayne will present insights on how companies that leverage open innovation Challenges and crowdsource them to diverse audiences to solve R&D problems and accelerate product innovation, realize an exponentially greater return-on-innovation compared to organizations that have not adopted these proven techniques. Delegates who attend will gain insight into: (1) Proven and measureable customer results and return-on-innovation, (2) Efficiency and time savings as a result of running successful challenges and prize competitions, (3) Improved internal collaboration to align resources around solving key problems, and (4) Access to external talent which is otherwise non-existent in-house.

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Innovating our Way to the Future: Dwayne Spradlin's Speech at TEDxHelvetia

DATE: 09/27/2012

Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive shows how we can harness the potential of innovators across the globe through crowdsourcing. Using concrete examples from several domains, he presents custom-created solutions for specific problems and encourages us all to find the rocket scientist inside ourselves.

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Harvard Business Review: The Power of Defining the Problem

DATE: 09/25/2012

A blog post on HBR which was excerpted from Dwayne Spradlin's article "Are You Solving the Right Problem?" in the September 2012 issue of the magazine. This post explores how "critically analyzing and clearly articulating a problem can yield highly innovative solutions."

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JDRF Announces Winners of the Glucose-Responsive Insulin Grand Challenge Prize

DATE: 09/17/2012

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, announced today the winners of the Theoretical Phase of its first-ever public Challenge, which called for novel theoretical ideas to approach the discovery and development of glucose-responsive insulin (GRI) to treat diabetes. JDRF launched the $100,000 Challenge one year ago in partnership with InnoCentive.

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Calling All Data Designers: The Economist Wants Your Visualizations

DATE: 09/12/2012

A Wired article about The Economist-Nielsen Data Visualization Challenge, featuring interviews with Sean McManus, director of programs at The Economist and Steve Bonadio, VP of marketing at InnoCentive.

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Health Data Consortium Interview with InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin

DATE: 09/07/2012

The Health Data Consortium (HDC) is a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and use of health data to drive innovations that improve health and health care. In this post, the HDC interviews Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive and a member of HDC’s Executive Committee.

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Crowdsourcing data visualisations: On your mark, get set...

DATE: 08/21/2012

This article on Economist.com delves into that idea that "people outside of the organizations that hold the data may have more creative ideas about how the information can best be presented." The article references The Economist-Nielsen Data Visualization Challenge currently underway on InnoCentive.com. To date, nearly 800 Solvers have already signed up to participate in this Challenge.

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Challenge Solution Revealed! PopSci-InnoCentive Education Challenge

DATE: 08/15/2012

A year ago, the Popular Science-InnoCentive Education Challenge asked for lesson plans that could be used at the middle-school level in each of five areas of science that will be vital in the future. Materials couldn't cost more than $50, and the lesson needed to fit into no more than three 50-minute classes. Here, we proudly announce the solutions, winners, and runners-up.

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Q&A: Dwayne Spradlin on leading “a marketplace of innovation,” InnoCentive

DATE: 08/06/2012

SmartPlanet's Pure Genius Q&A featuring Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive. The article provides a thorough overview of InnoCentive, open innovation and how it works, as well as stories about successful Challenges.

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App Detects Potholes, Alerts Boston City Officials

DATE: 07/20/2012

Associated Press story on the successful outcome of InnoCentive's Street Bump Challenge with the City of Boston.

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Gartner Report: InnoCentive Positions Itself as a Challenge Marketplace

DATE: 07/16/2012

Case study of InnoCentive conducted by IT research firm Gartner. InnoCentive's general manager of EMEA, Simon Schneider, is interviewed in the report.

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Open Innovation: Creating Through Community Creation

DATE: 07/03/2012

Article by author Anton Root who spoke with a handful of open innovation leaders, including InnoCentive, and found that the path to expansion and eventual maturity of OI lies in the potential for collaboration and building like-minded and motivated communities of problem solvers.

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The Alzheimer's Challenge 2012 Announces Winner for Open Source Innovation; $300,000 in Total Prizes

DATE: 06/20/2012

The Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBGBAI) today announced Ginger.io of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the winner of the Alzheimer’s Challenge 2012. Ginger.io was awarded $175,000 to help further develop its idea for a behavioral analytics platform using a combination of a mobile phone application and web-based dashboard. Building on the success of this Challenge, GBGBAI is soon set to launch the Geoffrey Beene’s Rock Stars of Science Global Grand Challenge, the second in its series of prize-based Challenge competitions designed in coordination with InnoCentive.

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Federal Crowdsourcing May Solve Problems Fast

DATE: 06/15/2012

InnoCentive’s Jon Fredrickson is interviewed in this comprehensive article. He discusses the concept of crowdsourcing, some history behind InnoCentive, along with some of the key government customers with whom InnoCentive has worked, including Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) and NASA. Says Fredrickson: “Using crowdsourcing, an agency can get a great number of potential solutions to a problem in a very short time frame.”

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InnoCentive Research Prizes Awarded!

DATE: 06/11/2012

In December 2011, InnoCentive partnered with the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) to launch a Challenge seeking novel avenues for research into hyperphagia, or unregulated appetite, common in children with Prader-Willi syndrome. We are pleased to annouce the successful completion of the Challenge along with a video announcement of the winners, as well as provide open access to the actual winning solutions via FPWR's blog.

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Feds Launch Contest Seeking New Type Of Health Monitoring Device

DATE: 06/08/2012

This article explores how three federal agencies are trying to tap the creativity of the marketplace to develop a new breed of portable, light-weight, inexpensive sensors to better understand how individuals are affected by air pollution. Called the "My Air, My Health" Challenge, it is currently open to Solvers on InnoCentive.com.

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NIH, EPA Announce Competition for Personal Air Pollution and Health Sensors

DATE: 06/06/2012

A competition to create a personal sensor system that measures air pollution and a person's physiological response to it will offer cash awards to finalists, federal officials announced today. The goal is to help researchers, communities, and physicians better understand the connection between air quality and health. The "My Air, My Health: An HHS/EPA Challenge" is now open on the InnoCentive Challenge Center.

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How Outsiders Solve Problems that Stump Experts

DATE: 05/02/2012

An article on how "expertise in other fields [allows individuals] to think differently and more creatively than others." This article references the groundbreaking work by Dr. Karim Lakhani at Harvard Business School and also dives into how InnoCentive's customers such as Eli Lilly have achieved success via crowdsourcing problems to diverse problem Solvers.

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Does Cloud Computing Matter?

DATE: 05/01/2012

A guest post by Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx and the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing. In this Forbes article, Joe applies a cloud-computing lens to Treacy and Wiersema's classic, The Discipline of Market Leaders.

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What Can Tempt Researchers to Tackle a Tough Job? Try Offering a Prize.

DATE: 04/24/2012

This article by the Wall Street Journal's medical blogger Amy Marcus highlights an InnoCentive Challenge to find cell lines for Chordoma, a rare type of bone cancer. The Challenge was solved by Beate Rinner at the Medical University of Graz in Austria. This Challenge demonstrates the value that small organizations can gain from accessing the crowd for ground-breaking solutions.

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3 Critical Insights Into Creativity From Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine”

DATE: 04/03/2012

This review of Jonah Lehrer's book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" from a designer's perspective, describes InnoCentive as a model of creative problem solving that attracts "motivated outsiders."

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How to Cultivate Eureka Moments

DATE: 04/02/2012

In this review of the book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" by Jonah Lehrer, the author discusses the idea that creative ideas often come from outside the field in which problems originate. He cites InnoCentive as a model that works because it attracts Solvers on the margins of the problem discipline, allowing them to contribute out of the box thinking.

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Tips For Launching An Open Innovation Strategy

DATE: 03/27/2012

In this article by Amy Alexander, InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin offers his wisdom to companies launching an open innovation strategy.

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Jonah Lehrer and the New Science of Creativity

DATE: 03/19/2012

In this review of Jonah Lehrer's new book "Imagine" subtitled "How Creativity Works," the author highlights InnoCentive, and uses examples to show how outside thinking often leads to brilliant solutions.

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How to Be Creative

DATE: 03/09/2012

In this article about being creative, writer Jonah Lehrer suggests that "big breakthroughs often depend on the naive daring of outsiders" and highlights InnoCentive as an organization which is highly successful in solving difficult problems precisely because Challenges attract "outsider thinking."

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Idea Turns Old TV Tubes into X-Ray Shielding Tiles

DATE: 03/01/2012

In this article about the CEA Challenge to find new uses for recycled CRT glass, the authors discuss several of the solutions, including an idea to mix the crushed glass tubes with cement, to make tiles for X-ray rooms. There, the lead in the tiles would protect people from X-ray radiation, just as they did inside old TVs

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Prizes With an Eye Toward the Future

DATE: 02/29/2012

In this article about prize-driven innovation, writer Tina Rosenberg says "What eBay does for buyers and sellers, companies like InnoCentive do for problem solvers." The article explores the idea of open innovation bringing solutions forward that never would have been found otherwise, and the high likelihood that solvers from outside the Challenge domain will solve a problem that has eluded the experts in that field.

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Innovation for the People, by the People

DATE: 02/22/2012

In this article about prizes and challenges as catalysts for innovation, writer David Bornstein highlights InnoCentive and the Air Force Research Lab's Vehicle Stopper Challenge. The article focuses on the federal government's innovation strategies, and addresses the question "How can governments unearth knowledge that's scattered far and wide and bring it together in a way that is useful for society?"

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Motion-Activated Pothole Sensors ... In Your Phone

DATE: 02/17/2012

This article in The Atlantic highlights the strengths of the City of Bostons's Street Bump app, one of which is that drivers need only turn it on to collect pothole data. The data, sent to a central database, is then analyzed using an algorithm developed by InnoCentive Solvers in the InnoCentive Street Bump Challenge.

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Street Bump app detects potholes, tells city officials

DATE: 02/16/2012

The City of Boston's InnoCentive Challenge is featured in this story from CNN.com. For this Challenge, the City of Boston asked Solvers to develop an algorithm that would accurately predict the location of potholes based on data collected from volunteers' smart phones.

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Street Bump: An App That Automatically Tells The City When You Drive Over Potholes

DATE: 02/15/2012

This FastCompany article features the Street Bump mobile app developed by the City of Boston in collaboration with InnoCentive. The story recognizes the Solver, Ed Aboufadel, a Professor at Grand Valley State University.

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5 Ways Small Businesses can Innovate Like the Big Guys

DATE: 02/15/2012

This byline by InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin provides five tips to help small and medium businesses to level the innovation playing field with their larger competitors.

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Crowdsourcing science: Could you be part of the next big breakthrough?

DATE: 02/13/2012

In this article, from NRC Canada's Dimensions Magazine, features InnoCentive Solver Andrew Trivett. In addition to being a prolific Solver, Andrew uses Challenges to advance the studies of his class at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he is a math professor.

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Boston Asks for the Public's Help in Fixing Potholes

DATE: 02/13/2012

Coverage of the City of Boston's Street Bump Challenge, which was recently solved. The Street Bump Challenge is a great example of governments using the crowd to deliver better services to citizens, and to invite participation so people can have a hand in improving their own cities.

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Crowdsourcing for Science, Medicine and Government

DATE: 02/13/2012

InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin is interviewed on InnovationHub along with noted Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Karim Lakhani and InnoCentive customers City of Boston and Prize4Life. This in depth interview covers the history of crowdsourcing and two real-world examples of how issuing a Challenge to the crowd is changing the world.

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A call for a 21st-century battlefield stretcher

DATE: 02/10/2012

The Air Force Research Lab has again reached out to the InnoCentive Solver Community for solutions to a critical problem. Since the Civil War, the Air Force has used the same technology for medical stretchers used in combat. Now they are seeking a new technology that will provide faster, safer, more reliable outcomes in the field. This Challenge has truly captured the imaginations of Solvers and the media.

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Air Force 'Batman' Wants a 21st-Century Battlefield Stretcher

DATE: 02/10/2012

In this article, journalist Jeremy Hsu writes about the AFRL stretcher Challenge, and the need for the Air Force to innovate in the field of combat rescue.

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Why contests are a smart procurement tool

DATE: 02/09/2012

Harvard University Professor Steve Kelman writes about the value of contests for innovation in government, and discusses the rule of marginality - that the best ideas often come from someone outside the field of the answer sought.

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InnoCentive Acquires Competitor OmniCompete to Further Crowdsourced Innovation

DATE: 02/06/2012

Coverage of the acquisition of OmniCompete, with an overview of crowdsourcing, or open innovation, as a tool that is starting to be used more broadly by traditional organizations to solve problems and generate new ideas.

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InnoCentive buys UK firm OmniCompete, gets a London office

DATE: 02/06/2012

Further coverage of InnoCentive's acquisition of UK Based OmniCompete. With the acquisition, InnoCentive expands its worldwide presence, with EMEA headquarters now based out of the former OmniCompete office in London.

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InnoCentive buys OmniCompete for innovation challenges

DATE: 02/06/2012

Coverage of the OmniCompete acquisition by Mass High Tech, including mention of InnoCentive's recent fundraise.

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The case for Newt Gingrich and America’s new lunar legacy

DATE: 01/31/2012

This article about prize-driven innovation in government uses Newt Gingrich's proposal to build a colony on the moon as a segue into the prevalence of competitions to fuel research and development in the public sector. InnoCentive is cited as an example of a company leading this trend.

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A Safer Humanitarian Air Drop, Courtesy Of Crowdsourcing And The Air Force

DATE: 01/26/2012

In this article about the AFRL Humanitarian Air Drop Challenge on Fast Company's co.exist blog, Ariel Schwartz highlights the human benefits of the solution to this Challenge. The Challenge Solver, Siepko Bekkering learned of InnoCentive while reading the book Wikinomics, and spent two months working on his winning solution.

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AF Research Lab Challenges Crowds To Find New Combat Stretcher Design

DATE: 01/26/2012

The Air Force Research Lab worked with InnoCentive to find a solution to an important problem - in combat situations, assembling and operating a portable stretcher takes too much time, putting the operator at risk. In this Challenge, the AFRL seeks a stretcher design that will significantly shorten this time. AOL Government highlights this Challenge and the rise of open innovation in Government.

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Dutch finalists in crowdsourcing contest for emergency airdrops

DATE: 01/26/2012

Dutch Solver Siepko Bekkering is highlighted in this story about the Air Force Research Lab's Humanitarian Air Drop Challenge.

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Prader-Willi Syndrome - Challenge To Stop Over-Eating In Children

DATE: 01/24/2012

Medical News Today features the InnoCentive Prader-Willi Challenge, which seeks novel avenues for research into hyperphagia, or unregulated appetite, common in children with Prader-Willi syndrome. A solution to this Challenge will have a direct and immediate impact on thousands of children who are currently suffering from the effects of the disorder.

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May the Best Business Win

DATE: 01/24/2012

In this article, InnoCentive is featured as a Challenge platform for innovation contests that spur new products and boost employee morale.

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Organizations Capitalize on Collective Intelligence

DATE: 01/18/2012

New research from IBM highlights InnoCentive's partnership with The Economist as an example of "businesses using collective intelligence to speed up company growth, improve efficiency, enhance products and services, and strengthen the employee environment." According to The Economist's Justin Hendrix, “The quality and the volume of [responses] we got back were just extraordinary. In each of the cases so far, we’ve had very high quality responses. People take the InnoCentive process seriously, and respond accordingly,”

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Seeking reliable facts in new world of knowledge

DATE: 01/13/2012

Review of David Weinberger's book "Too Big to Know", in which he uses InnoCentive as an example of a company that is finding elusive answers to difficult problems by tapping into a universe of knowledge via the internet.

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The Era of 'Open Innovation' Has Arrived

DATE: 01/01/2012

In this review of The Open Innovation Marketplace, journalist Judy Murray discusses the value of putting industry-specific problems in front of experts outside of the industry. The boundaries of research are expanded and better solutions can be found.

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Could collaboration cure cancer?

DATE: 12/15/2011

This article explores the growing role of social media in medical research, highlighting InnoCentive and PatientsLikeMe.com as two examples of organizations using social media to advance medical breakthroughs.

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Humanitarian Air Drop Snafus Get Crowd-Sourced

DATE: 11/11/2011

Feature story about how the United States Air Force worked with InnoCentive to improve humanitarian air drops.

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Crowd-Sourcing Yields Ingenious Solutions for Air Force Research Lab

DATE: 11/07/2011

The Air Force Research Lab's work with InnoCentive is profiled, including a video of InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin talking about open innovation in government.

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$30,000 Bone Saw Challenge Featured on Today

DATE: 10/31/2011

The Bone Saw Challenge, posted in August of 2011, sought a a novel technology suitable for surgical cutting of mammalian bone, but not soft tissue. With a deadline of October 31st, this story hints at the gruesome potential for such a technology.

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$30,000 Offered for Bone Saw That Won't Cut Flesh

DATE: 10/31/2011

An InnoCentive Challenge that seeks methods of cutting bone without injury to surrounding flesh is featured on MSNBC.com.

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Air Force innovation prizes make cents in budget era

DATE: 10/21/2011

Story about the US Air Force's collaboration with InnoCentive to provide solutions to critical Challenges. This article highlights a Challenge to distribute humanitarian aid from the air without harm to people on the ground.

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The Air Force Challenge to protect soldiers in rapid descent featured on Today

DATE: 10/21/2011

The Today Show's web site features an AFRL Challenge that aims to protect soldiers from harm when descending a rope quickly.

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Military dangles prize for helicopter fast-rope solution

DATE: 10/20/2011

Feature story about the Air Force Research Lab's "FAST" Rope Challenge. The story highlights the growing acceptance of open innovation in government.

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Finding Green Solutions Through Crowdsourcing

DATE: 10/19/2011

Feature story about the winning solution in the EDF Nitrate Challenge. The winning Solver, Patrick Fuller, is a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University.

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InnoCentive Customer Prize4Life Wins a 2011 Spike Award

DATE: 10/19/2011

InnoCentive's customer, the nonprofit Prize4Life, was recognized today as the winner in the Life Sciences category for the 2011 Spike Awards.

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How to Accelerate Innovation through Challenge Driven Innovation

DATE: 10/17/2011

In this article featured on Innovation Management, InnoCentive's senior marketing director Steve Bonadio dives into Challenge Driven Innovation, an innovation framework that enables companies to solve problems faster, more cost-effectively, and with less risk.

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For Bright Ideas, ask the Staff

DATE: 10/17/2011

This article highlights the increasing value and sophistication of the internal innovation management platform, citing InnoCentive as a company that is helping to accelerate this trend.

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Lilly's Opening Moves - Science-Business eXchange

DATE: 10/13/2011

An article about Lilly's Open Innovation Drug Discovery platform, an initiative with the goal of applying a crowdsourcing approach to finding new small molecules from external investigators that fit the company’s core disease focus areas. The program is one of several forays that Lilly has made into open innovation, the other most notable being the founding and eventual spin-off of InnoCentive. The article quotes InnoCentive founder Alph Bingham, formerly VP of sourcing innovation and R&D strategy at Lilly, about the proliferation of open innovation in drug discovery.

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And the Innovation Award Goes To...

DATE: 10/12/2011

InnoCentive Founder Alph Bingham weighs in on the proliferation of prize based innovation on American Public Media's Marketplace.

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30 Second MBA: How Do You Create a Culture of Innovation?

DATE: 10/10/2011

InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin speaks about creating a culture of innovation for Fast Company's 30-Second MBA, an ongoing video “curriculum” of really good advice from the trenches, directly from people who are making business happen.

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Air Force procurement contests take wing

DATE: 10/07/2011

Steve Kelman from Federal Computer Week writes about how the Air Force's success in using InnoCentive Challenges has led them to integrate open innovation into their innovation strategy. The article specifically mentions the AFRL's Vehicle Stopper Challenge, which was won by a retired 66-year-old mechanical engineer from Lima, Peru.

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Crowdsourcing Cracks AIDS Mystery, What's Next?

DATE: 09/27/2011

In this interview with InnoCentive CTO David Ritter, David Carr discusses the phenomenon of gamification, and the fact that InnoCentive has been using these concepts for years to solve Challenges for Businesses.

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From Social Networks to Collaboration Networks: The Next Evolution of Social Media for Business

DATE: 09/15/2011

InnoCentive is profiled in this article about companies that are embracing and developing collaborative networks to create value. InnoCentive is highlighted as an example of how some organizations have taken advantage of this new collaborative mindset and are leveraging the power that networks offer.

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White House Reports on Success of Air Force Research Lab's Challenge

DATE: 09/02/2011

In this blog posted on whitehouse.gov, Alok Das of the Air Force Research Laboratory discusses the successful outcome of a Challenge focused on stopping uncooperative vehicles. Interesting Solver and solution details are provided in the post.

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InnoCentive CTO David Ritter Featured in Forbes CIO Central

DATE: 08/15/2011

In this article, David dives into a discussion on how to keep your company from colonizing Innovation Island. He posits, "to ensure that your Innovation function creates competitive advantage, you must build strong bridges between the mainland of your business and Innovation Island."

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InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin Interviewed on MYOB Radio Show

DATE: 08/10/2011

Longtime entrepreneurs Rick Brutti and Jeffrey Davis host Mind Your Own Business (MYOB), a radio talk show focusing on entrepreneurs, their stories, and a host of topics of interest for entrepreneurial businesses. In this segment, the hosts interview Dwayne on InnoCentive's unique value proposition and the power of open innovation and crowdsourcing to solve problems that matter.

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Businesses open up to social innovation

DATE: 08/02/2011

In this article from ZDNet Asia, InnoCentive is highlighted as a business that helps companies "not only access diverse knowledge of the crowd, but also reduce the cost of task execution and externalize the risk of failure."

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Innovation from the Bottom Up

DATE: 07/28/2011

Blogger Andrew Revkin highlights a solution resulting from InnoCentive's collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation and cites the "power of innovation not only to create wealth and well-being for the top billion, but to directly address the profound challenges impeding the lives of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable populations."

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The Future of Work

DATE: 07/27/2011

Tom Malone, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the HBR article The Age of Hyperspecialization, highlights InnoCentive in this interview about how breaking jobs into tiny pieces yields better, faster, cheaper work—and greater flexibility for employees.

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Gartner Next Practices: Crowdsourcing Talent

DATE: 07/21/2011

Gartner analyst Jim Holincheck looks beyond traditional human resources (HR) practices to help organizations achieve improved business outcomes via crowdsourcing.

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Will NIH Embrace Biomedical Research Prizes?

DATE: 07/19/2011

InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin quoted in an article about incentivized research. The article looks at the potential of research prizes when adopted by America's premier funder of biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Google Again Tries Q&A Service; Cash Prizes

DATE: 07/15/2011

InnoCentive President and CEO Dwayne Spradlin interviewed by Pete Barlas about Google's re-entry into the prize-based Q&A space.

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Innovate Faster, Innovate Better: The Open Innovation Marketplace

DATE: 07/13/2011

A review of The Open Innovation Marketplace by Alan Chihwaro recommends: "Anybody looking to take the next step on the road to crowdsourcing and open innovation success would do well to pick up a copy."

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Fracking Problems: Recognizing Where and When to Frack to Solve Business Problems

DATE: 07/07/2011

Guest post by InnoCentive CTO David Ritter using the analogy of “fracking” - the practice of injecting water and gas into rock layers to free the fuel trapped deep inside - to describe the amount of latent energy that can be released in an organization by injecting open innovation into its workflow.

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Google's Prizes.org Awards Cash for Ideas

DATE: 07/07/2011

A review of Google's Prizes.org includes an interview with InnoCentive CTO David Ritter about the potential of crowdsourcing to improve business processes and advance scientific research.

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The Big Idea: The Age of Hyperspecialization

DATE: 07/01/2011

This in-depth analysis of hyperspecialization and the future of work highlights InnoCentive as the industry leader in open innovation, and includes a case study about InnoCentive's work with Roche.

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Hollywood Model Could Create New Stars in R&D: Alice Schroeder

DATE: 06/29/2011

An in-depth analysis of the benefits and challenges of open innovation, with InnoCentive profiled as the industry leader. Special attention is paid to InnoCentive's secret weapon for combatting the cultural resistance that organizations may have to this change - InnoCentive@Work, which can be a way to help employees get comfortable with the process.

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XChange Public Sector: Why Large Federal Programs Fail

DATE: 06/17/2011

A review of William Eggers’s (global director of Deloitte Services Research Public Sector) book "If We Can Get a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government" that includes an example of NASA using InnoCentive for technology problems.

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How Your Small Business Can Leverage Open Innovation And Crowdsourcing

DATE: 06/15/2011

Chief Innovation Evangelist Stephen Shapiro interviews CEO Dwayne Spradlin on the American Express (AMEX) Open Forum about open innovation, crowdsourcing, and The Open Innovation Marketplace book.

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Latest Thought Leadership Report on Grand Challenges

DATE: 06/14/2011

InnoCentive’s own Steve Bonadio, Gabriel Eichler, and Dwayne Spradlin dive into the definition and benefits of Grand Challenges, the essential requirements for a successful program, pitfalls and obstacle avoidance, and examples of Grand Challenges in action. (registration required)

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Winning in the World of On-Demand Innovation: America and The Open Innovation Market

DATE: 06/10/2011

Forbes blogger Haydn Shaughnessey discusses the market for innovation and describes InnoCentive's model as "a beacon" for innovation. Includes a review of The Open Innovation Marketplace.

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Closing the Digital Divide

DATE: 06/07/2011

An article encouraging the use of Cyber schools to combat illiteracy. The Economist and InnoCentive Challenge, 21st Century Cyber Schools, is mentioned.

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Innovation: Telling a pothole from a curb

DATE: 05/31/2011

An editorial praises the City of Boston for it's innovative approach to fixing potholes, and mentions InnoCentive.

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Think hard, invent something, win a prize

DATE: 05/27/2011

A blog post reiterating that online contests are a great version of performance-based contracting, and mentions NASA using InnoCentive for their contests.

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Waltham business works to give Boston commuters a smoother ride

DATE: 05/18/2011

An article about the SpeedBump Challenge posted on InnoCentive. The article includes a brief history of InnoCentive, a description of the InnoCentive.com process and quotes from Dwayne

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Open Innovation and the Design of Innovation Work

DATE: 05/18/2011

A review of the "Open Innovation Marketplace" book co-authored by Alph Bingham, Founder of InnoCentive, and Dwayne Spradlin, President and CEO of InnoCentive. This detailed review is written by Henry Chesbrough, who coined the term "open innovation", and it includes his own observations and conclusions for his research and observations in this field.

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Open Innovation Marketplace — A book review

DATE: 05/13/2011

A detailed review of the book “Open Innovation Marketplace” by Alpheus Bingham and Dwayne Spradlin.

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Road Repair via Crowdsourcing

DATE: 05/13/2011

An article describing the City of Boston’s Street Bump Challenge currently posted on InnoCentive.com, asking developers to improve the app to report potholes accurately.

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The crowd factor

DATE: 05/12/2011

An interesting article about introducing open innovation and crowdsourcing to jump-start innovation in the surf industry. The author is asking for seamless, slimmer, resilient wetsuits and environmentally friendly and surfboard materials and a host of other enhancements and innovations. She credits the World Wide Web and InnoCentive with the accelerating the use of crowdsourcing and cash prizes for "linking regular people with ideas to problems."

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Taking My Personal Innovation Lifestyle to the Doctor

DATE: 05/11/2011

A blog about how open innovation can play a big role in disease detection and cure. The author talks about the Prize4Life and InnoCentive partnership and the winning ALS Biomarker Challenge.

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Supercharging human ingenuity for sustainability

DATE: 05/05/2011

An article arguing for the use of competitions and open source to spur innovation in the sustainability space. InnoCentive is described as the "innovation pioneer" that has built a platform that promotes the "appetite for innovation."

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Can We Crowdsource a Cure for Cancer?

DATE: 05/05/2011

An article about the benefits of using crowdsourcing to find a cure for cancer. The writer mentions InnoCentive as a route to scale the crowd for their "adjacent areas of expertise" to find new ideas and solutions for scientific and industrial problems.

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InnoCentive Links Problems and Problem-Solvers

DATE: 04/25/2011

An article about InnoCentive and the Challenge Driven Innovation process. The article also briefly describes our partnership with Popular Science and the new book by Alph Bingham and Dwayne Spradlin, The Open Innovation Marketplace: Creating Value in the Challenge Driven Enterprise.

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Future pharma: Pharma’s new high-tech toolkit

DATE: 04/19/2011

An article about innovative new ways that the pharmaceutical industry is using technology, including combating drug counterfeits, refining their sales techniques and improving their R&D using crowdsourcing and open innovation, such as the InnoCentive website.

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InnoCentive: Creating Value in the Challenge Driven Enterprise

DATE: 04/11/2011

An interview with CEO Dwayne Spradlin about crowdsourcing and InnoCentive.

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Can Open Innovation Save the Planet?

DATE: 02/22/2011

An article about the InnoCentive and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) partnership and the potential environmental benefits of crowdsourcing ideas and solutions business sustainability challenges. The OSRI & Sunnight Solar Challenges are mentioned.

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Weapons in the battle

DATE: 02/09/2011

An article about Boston, MA, trying to find new ways to tackle a common problem - potholes. Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Office of New Urban Mechanics is working on an application for smartphones that would automatically detect and report potholes. The application will be tested through a Challenge on InnoCentive for $25,000 in prize money.

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Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, on the Evolution and Promise of Social Innovation

DATE: 02/06/2011

An interview with Judith Rodin about the benefits of [and future] of social innovation. She talks about InnoCentive as Rockefeller’s crowdsourcing partner for solving social problems and our role in this space.

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Using Crowdcasting To Find Treatments For The Paralyzed

DATE: 02/04/2011

An interesting article highlighting the value of using open innovation to not only advance drug development with regards to the ALS Solution, but also to “help recognize … and appreciate how much wisdom may be out there.” InnoCentive is recognized as a “the pioneering broadcast search platform.”

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How open innovation networks can help solve scientific puzzles

DATE: 02/03/2011

An in-depth article about crowdsourcing, open innovation and “incentive prize contests.” The writer lists a number of open innovation sites, but predominantly concentrates on InnoCentive and InnoCentive Challenges as examples.

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$1 Million to Inventor of Tracker for A.L.S.

DATE: 02/03/2011

An article about the groundbreaking ALS Solution and the huge impact it will have on the drug development for multiple sclerosis. InnoCentive is recognized as the platform for running the Challenge.

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Community Foundation to fund problem-solving challenge

DATE: 01/29/2011

An article about the InnoCentive Creating a Community of Successful Readers, posted by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. The Challenge is the first in a series of “ideas competition” to elicit ideas idea for solving an annually chosen problem affecting the community.

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Have a Business Problem? Just Skip It

DATE: 01/20/2011

An excerpt from Burrus’s new book Flash Foresight, in which he recommends that one business strategy to deal with a huge problem could be to “just to skip it altogether.” He examines the genesis of InnoCentive to explain his position.

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Funding: Researching outside the box

DATE: 01/19/2011

An article about the merits of being an InnoCentive Solver.

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InnoCentive – crowdsourcing ideas

DATE: 01/10/2011

InnoCentive's VP Sales, Jon Fredrickson describes InnoCentive's Challenge Driven Methodology, which helps provide companies with a systematic route to alternative expertise to solve their problems.

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Toyota taps InnoCentive

DATE: 12/03/2010

This article describes the Toyota-InnoCentive relationship, explaining that InnoCentive's problem-solving methodology is the reason why Toyota turned to us for evaluating and vetting all the Challenge submissions.

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On Enlightened Amateurism

DATE: 11/17/2010

The writer talks about InnoCentive to highlight the importance of amateur enthusiasts: how innovative answers come from people whose area of expertise is outside of the Challenge domain.

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After BP oil spill, thousands of ideas poured in for cleanup

DATE: 11/15/2010

An article about the solutions BP received to help cleanup the oil spill. BP feel that many of the solutions were good and helped create incremental changes to the existing methods to cleanup the spill. However, many, including InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin feel that there are more tools that can be used to help propel new innovations and inventions.

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Toyota Turns to Consumers for ‘Ideas’

DATE: 11/08/2010

An article about Toyota's “Ideas for good” campaign, which invites consumers to come up with new ways to use five existing Toyota Motor technologies. InnoCentive worked as a consultant with them on the design of the contest.

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Is Breakthrough Innovation In Next Year’s Budget?

DATE: 10/26/2010

CEO Dwayne Spradlin wrote this article for the Frost & Sullivan eNewsletter. The article is about the importance of optimizing innovation, and the need to plan the budget now, vs. waiting until 2011 has begun and it’s likely to be too late.

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Governments looking for innovations in products, services and processes

DATE: 10/07/2010

The writer, Michael Keating, talks to Jon Fredrickson about how the government can use open innovation and offers some examples in finding out-of-the-box solutions.

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Harvard casts a wide net for aid on diabetes

DATE: 10/04/2010

An article describing the Catalyst Challenge, Solver Kevin Dolan’s solution and the power of crowdsourcing.

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Open innovation changes the playing field

DATE: 10/01/2010

CEO Dwayne Spradlin writes about how changing the way the Oil & Gas industry innovates will allow “tools and knowledge from many disciplines to bring about more rapid technology advances.”

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‘The Challenge’ Seeks Diabetes Cure

DATE: 09/30/2010

An article about the success of finding ideas to the Catalyst Challenge. This article focuses on the motivations for posting it on InnoCentive – to test whether this “crowdsourcing strategy” could be applied to the academic health care community. 9/29/2010

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Crowdsourcing: Turning customers into creative directors

DATE: 09/30/2010

An article defining “crowdsourcing,” mentioning InnoCentive as an example of “crowdsourcing for solutions to R&D problems.”

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Challenge of finding a cure

DATE: 09/29/2010

An article about the origins of the Catalyst Challenge, the crowdsourcing experiment with InnoCentive (which they call the “Challenge”) and the twelve “pioneering” solutions and their Solvers.

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"If you Want an Answer, ask Everyone:" The Rise of Crowd-Source Grantmaking

DATE: 09/28/2010

An article that encourages NFP Foundations to use crowdsourcing as an integral part of their social media strategy, as it can help find new ideas and opportunities. The Rockefeller Foundation, Global Giving and InnoCentive partnership is profiled as a good example for using crowdsourcing solutions to five Challenges, that were themselves identified through crowdsourcing!

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'Wisdom of crowds' marshaled to solve type 1 diabetes

DATE: 09/28/2010

An article profiling Solver Kevin Dolan, one of the winners of the Catalyst Challenge.

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Business Ideas from the Crowd

DATE: 09/24/2010

An article encouraging businesses to utilize crowdsourcing based on 7 guidelines. InnoCentive is described as a way to "Engage the solution provider.”

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Acclaim calls for UBC doctor's plan to use cellphones to teach

DATE: 09/10/2010

An article about the winner of The Economist-InnoCentive Challenge on 21st Century Cyber Schools winner, Dr. Andrew Deonarine, and his solution, the EduCell.

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UBC medical student wins $10,000 for cellphone based educational system

DATE: 09/09/2010

A short story about the winner of the first Economist Challenge (Challenge on 21st Century Cyber Schools), Dr. Andrew Deonarine, and his solution, the EduCell plan.)

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6 keys to building a culture of innovation

DATE: 08/04/2010

CEO Dwayne Spradlin discusses how an organization’s innovative culture is a combination of the right technology, culture and people, working together seamlessly to deliver innovative solutions to important organizational problems. He describes the top six drivers for establishing an innovation culture across an organization, paying attention to some of specific challenges faced by government bodies.

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HuffPost Innovators: InnoCentive, Waste Farmers And More

DATE: 07/22/2010

InnoCentive is featured in Huffington Post's Innovators Series, a compilation of interesting and promising start-ups from the HuffPost community.

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A Web-based model for procurement contests

DATE: 07/21/2010

A blog post describing InnoCentive and recommending us as a cost-effective option that government agencies should be considering. He references one of the NASA Challenges and briefly explains why InnoCentive is a great option for R&D procurement.

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Who gets the credit for the BP container cap? YOU do.

DATE: 07/20/2010

A guest post by Darlene Cavalier, co-founder of ScienceCheerleader.com for the Discover Magazine blog, recommending that the government formalize a process to solicit and vet solutions from the public in light of the overwhelming response to the oil spill clean-up. She includes CEO Dwayne Spradlin as part of a think-tank to help pre-wire the system before the next crisis, suggests that InnoCentive should be an option to solicit & process ideas.

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NASA Announces Space Invention Awards

DATE: 07/14/2010

An article describing the NASA Challenges and their winners and solutions.

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Oil and the entrepreneur

DATE: 07/11/2010

A write-up about the frustration felt by solution contributors that BP was not listening. It includes a passage about BP’s letter to InnoCentive asking for help finding ways to detect and skim oil.

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UK mulls science cash prizes for innovation

DATE: 07/07/2010

An article about the UK government considering using cash prize-based competition for discovering new technologies as a cost-effective way to support their R&D. InnoCentive is mentioned as a successful commercial example of using this method in their online marketplace.

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NASA Announces Winners of Space Life Sciences Open Innovation Competition

DATE: 07/07/2010

NASA's press release announcing the three winning Challenges, the InnoCentive Solvers and their solutions. It also mentions how these Challenges (plus one upcoming one), and by extension InnoCentive, are part of their overall innovation strategy.

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Should we trust the wisdom of crowds?

DATE: 07/05/2010

An opinion piece about the pitfalls of crowdsourcing. InnoCentive is mentioned by Geoff Mulgan in a side box of the article, as a company who uses “crowdsourcing extensively.

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Possible oil-spill solutions pour in, seemingly unheeded, from around the world

DATE: 07/03/2010

An article describing some of the oil-spill solutions that were sent to BP, some of the difficulties they face in sorting through the ideas and the frustration felt by everyone that their ideas were not looked at, including InnoCentive’s submissions.

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Opinion: Innocentive and 80,000 people try to help with spill. Result, zip.

DATE: 07/01/2010

An opinion piece about BP’s inaction, referencing CEO Dwayne Spradlin’s blog post "InnoCentive Oil Spill Challenge - BP’s Response."

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Tapping the crowd for technologies

DATE: 07/01/2010

This article by Nature highlights InnoCentive’s role in Open Innovation and crowdsourcing and our efforts to help with the gulf oil spill.

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BP Snubs Innovators: Today's Outrage

DATE: 06/25/2010

An opinion piece on the outrage following BP’s refusal of the 908 ideas submitted by InnoCentive’s Solvers, and InnoCentive’s next steps in trying to help clean the oil spill.

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BP to InnoCentive: Sorry, We Don't Want Your 908 Ideas for Saving the Gulf

DATE: 06/23/2010

An article about BP refusing to work with InnoCentive and accept the free 908 ideas for cleaning up the oil spill. Includes quotes from CEO Dwayne Spradlin.

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The Rise Of The Collaboration Backbone

DATE: 06/22/2010

An article about the importance and pervasiveness of collaboration technologies, citing InnoCentive as an example.

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Does Crowdsourcing Threaten your Job (Or Offer New Opportunity?)

DATE: 06/16/2010

An article about the evolution of crowdsourcing and its potential to be a threat or an opportunity for experts. InnoCentive is mentioned as an example of a crowdsourcing platform that coordinates expert crowds to work on tasks requiring specialized knowledge.

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A Gusher of Oil Spill Solutions

DATE: 06/15/2010

A blog post on Fox News's blog Live Shots that includes interview with Dwayne Spradlin about the oil spill cleanup challenge.

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How to stop the spill

DATE: 06/02/2010

Chris Mathew's from NBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" interviews InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin about the oil spill Challenge. They discuss the variety of the solutions submitted by our Solvers and the underlying need for those in charge to start looking very seriously at the some of the solutions to clean up the oil spill.

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Freeze It, Crimp It, Plug It, Nuke It

DATE: 05/26/2010

Slate.com's Josh Levin asks InnoCentive IPM Mike Albarelli to comment on suggestions for stopping the oil spill that was submitted by their readers.

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Got an idea to clean up the oil spill?

DATE: 05/24/2010

An interview with CEO Dwayne Spradlin about how InnoCentive Solvers have taken up the challenge to solve the oil spill problem and and a brief discussion of the "what’s next” step.

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Inventors say BP Ignoring Their Oil Spill Ideas

DATE: 05/19/2010

An article by Michael Kunzelman and Mike Baker commenting on BP's failure to use the ideas submitted to help in cleaning up the oil spill. It references the many ideas submitted to InnoCentive's Emergency 2.0 Oil Spill Challenge.

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BP May Be Letting Best Solutions Slip By

DATE: 05/18/2010

An article by Carmen Nobel that lists different ways BP is letting solutions slip through the cracks. It includes a brief description of InnoCentive's oil spill challenge and the variety of viable solutions submitted.

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Solve world education problems and win $10k

DATE: 05/12/2010

An article encouraging people to register on InnoCentive and submit ideas to the InnoCentive-Economist Challenge "The 21st Century Cyber-schools Challenge."

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NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday

DATE: 05/07/2010

Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” discusses some “outside-the-box” solutions for stopping the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with three guest panelists, including InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin. Dwayne shared some interesting and innovative solutions to InnoCentive’s Emergency Response 2.0 Challenge, Solutions to Respond to Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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NASA Challenges Through Open Innovation

DATE: 04/13/2010

This is an article on the NASA website that describes how they are using open innovation to search for solutions that impact human health and performance in short and long duration human spaceflight. InnoCentive is mentioned as a resource for how they’re using open innovation to help solve challenges that impact their astronauts.

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Innovation Middlemen Link Tinkerers, Firms

DATE: 04/08/2010

InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin is interviewed and quoted in this article about the adoption of the new open innovation model by businesses such as IBM, Yahoo, and Proctor and Gamble.

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Quirky Raises $6 Million For Social Product Development Platform

DATE: 04/07/2010

InnoCentive is listed as an example of a similar company to the ones created by Ben Kaufman, creator of Quirky, a social network for product development.

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The Collective Intelligence Genome

DATE: 03/31/2010

This is a PDF of an article written in MIT Sloan Management Review's Spring 2010 edition about three collaborative innovators: InnoCentive Threadless and Wikipedia.

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Using Open Innovation to Solve Touch Problems

DATE: 03/19/2010

This is a podcast interview with Steve Shapiro discussing how InnoCentive’s open innovation model has helped companies solve the most challenging problems.

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The Post Emerging-Market World

DATE: 01/26/2010

This article discusses how Information Technology is creating new bridges between producers and consumers. It references InnoCentive is a global, Internet-based hub designed to help connect "seekers" and "solvers."

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Driving Innovation: Ready, Set, Go!

DATE: 01/22/2010

This is a PDF version of an article by Amy Maxmen. This article illustrates the importance of prize-based innovation in science and technology and cites the InnoCentive Challenge process as a successful example of an incentive based strategy.

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Innovation and the economy in 2010

DATE: 12/17/2009

This is a 50-minute video segment of a panel discussion that CEO Dwayne Spradlin participated in as part of the Economist’s The World in 2010 event in Washington D.C. He offers his insight into the future of innovation discusses the state of the economy, economic and business innovation, and opportunities for growth.

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Innovation in a Recession

DATE: 09/25/2009

CTO David Ritter is included in KQED Radio’s “Forum with Michael Krasny” to discuss how some companies are leveraging new technology to foster innovation in a down economy.

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A market for ideas

DATE: 09/17/2009

An exclusive feature story on InnoCentive focusing on InnoCentive's ROI study, in particular the benefits provided for SCA.

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Crowdsourcing for Small Businesses

DATE: 08/11/2009

InnoCentive is featured in article as a company whose services not only benefit large companies with large R&D budgets but smaller companies as well with tighter budgets and more specific needs.

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In Search of Innovation

DATE: 06/22/2009

This is an article on Innovation that highlights InnoCentive as a marketplace of ideas.

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Building an Innovation Culture

DATE: 06/10/2009

InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin offers tips and advice for fostering internal innovation in a 13-minute podcast at i2i with Helen Walters.

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Daily Planet: May 27, 2009 - Clip 4

DATE: 05/27/2009

This is a live 12-minute segment on Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet covering InnoCentive with CEO Dwayne Spradlin and Top Solver Tom Kruer. The interview focuses on invention and various creations that aim to solve real-world problems.

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The Next Wave of Open Innovation

DATE: 04/08/2009

This article is a profile of InnoCentive, it’s growth and the future of the company. It describes our technology and networking capabilities to connect problems with their potential solvers.

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Using Social Media and Crowd-Sourcing for Quick and Simple Market Research

DATE: 01/27/2009

InnoCentive is mentioned as the most well-known example of crowdsourcing to solve R&D problems for corporations.

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Crowdsourcing Innovation: Q&A with Dwayne Spradlin of InnoCentive

DATE: 12/15/2008

This is an interview with InnoCentive CEO Dwayne Spradlin about why crowdsourcing is becoming a powerful tool for doing good.

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Thinkers Putting Creative Caps On For Cash

DATE: 11/06/2008

InnoCentive is featured as a prize-based and crowdsourcing site. It mentions the Solver John Davis and the Seeker Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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Crowdsourcing with Jeff Howe

DATE: 08/26/2008

John Dankosky, host of NPR’s podcast “Where We Live” talks to Wired journalist Jeff Howe, author of "Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business." This episode, titled Crowdsourcing, discusses how crowdsourcing works and how it can also be applied to solve social problems. They profile companies that innovate through crowdsourcing, citing InnoCentive as its largest commercial example. Dwayne Spradlin is one of the guest speakers.