Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing Research Resources

A wide collection of whitepapers, webinar replays, case studies, Challenge solution stories, and more are provided on this page. Content is sorted by publishing date.  

Challenge Snap Shot: GSK Electroceutical Ideation Challenge

February 5, 2015

For several years, GSK has been evaluating a potentially disruptive technology, known as bioelectronics, that could in the future become a whole new class of treatments, complementing traditional drugs. Before allocating the resources to take this into mainstream medicine, they wanted to make sure they hadn’t missed any angles. So they appealed to InnoCentive’s global Solver community to identify the best “proof of principle” for these medicines.

Case Study: Thomson Reuters "Data Relationships" Challenge

September 18, 2014

Thomson Reuters wanted to improve its Web of Knowledge online tool through customer-driven product insights. Experience of traditional customer research had proven to be slow, costly and often ineffective. With InnoCentive they found an approach that led from insights to a functioning prototype application for the Web of Knowledge product within a few months. Run as a Two-Step Challenge program, the first Challenge captured the crowds creative use cases for the Thomson Reuters Web of KnowledgeSM product and revealed data visualization to be a key improvement. The second Challenge was able to deliver an elegant app that could be tested and scaled quickly.

Case Study: Prince William Sound OSRI Challenge

April 9, 2014

By 2007, in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there were still over 120,000 liters of oil trapped in the Alaskan coastline and surrounding seas. In need of creative solutions to respond to the pervasive problem, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute ran a number of challenges with InnoCentive, to benefit from out-of-the-box solutions tailored to the needs of the problem. Below is a more in depth look at the “Breaking the Viscous Shear of Crude Oil” Challenge and solution.

Case Study: Precyse Technologies "Wireless Wakeup Call" Challenge

February 9, 2014

Precyse Technologies produces active RFID tags or “cell phones for things” and needed a way to have these tags activated as products arrived at their destinations while increasing battery life to over 5 years. Precyse needed a solution to allow a deployment with a 100 foot wireless wake-up range instead of the limiting market standard of 10 feet. They understood from the start that taking a traditional approach to R&D could cost well over $1 million, which they preferred to invest in direct marketing and sales.

Case Study: Lumina Foundation "Quantified Work" Challenge

February 4, 2014

Lumina Foundation engaged with InnoCentive to create Challenges that would stimulate new approaches to help modernize the U.S. higher education system, that would ultimately meet the needs of the future workplace.

Case Study: U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Challenge

January 28, 2014

Using innovation and advanced research to make U.S. citizens at home and overseas safer, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is concerned with biological threats in situations where identifying unknown pathogens in quick time is key to saving lives. Knowing that progress of research in this area was falling behind the progress of the threat, DTRA came to InnoCentive to help kick-start a disruptive innovation.

Case Study: Cleveland Clinic "Prediction Algorithm" Challenge

February 4, 2014

Successful prediction models are crucial to decision-making for doctors. Also important, if they are to inform decisions effectively, is speed. Cleveland Clinic approached InnoCentive to crowdsource their challenges. They were looking to improve the speed of their prediction algorithm, to deliver a range of alternatives and to deliver a solution that saved years of development time.

Webinar Replay: Astra Zeneca | Developing a Global Innovation Capability toAccelerate R&D Productivity…and Beyond

March 26, 2014

Executing an internal collaborative and external innovation program within a global organization of approximately 50,000 people requires a deliberate strategy, a dedicated team and executive sponsorship. Join us for a live webinar – to hear from AstraZeneca’s Innovation Director, Scott Wilkins, PhD, as he shares their journey in developing an innovation capability which has introduced a new way of working across R&D and beyond

Challenge Snap Shot: Data-Driven Forecasting of Solar Events

March 3, 2014

Solar flares have destructive effects on infrastructure on Earth, and also put astronauts at risk when in space. For many years, physicists have been trying to understand solar flares and their effect on the Earth. A major barrier to progress has been the lack of easily available data. Researchers at NASA challenged InnoCentive’s solvers to build a predictive algorithm that would accurately model solar particle behavior.

Challenge Snap Shot: Strain Measurement of Kevlar Webbing

March 3, 2014

Inflatable structures are being researched as a means for long-duration living in space. The research program at NASA hit a roadblock in testing a key material: Kevlar. A range of testing methods had been tried but none suited all scenarios. After many internal attempts, NASA came to InnoCentive. By focusing problem solvers from outside the industry directly at the problem, we were able to deliver a range of solutions and new possibilities.

Webinar Replay: The Power of the Crowd

February 24, 2014

Since the term crowdsourcing was coined eight years ago, the idea of tapping the knowledge, opinions, and ideas of the crowd has spread quickly and evolved in interesting ways. Today, every industry has examples of crowdsourcing and how it has helped with their innovation goals. In this webinar, Stefan Lindegaard provides history lessons, a present overview and future predictions on the benefits and challenges that come with crowdsourcing.

Challenge Snap Shot: Lumina Foundation: Quantified Work Challenge

February 4, 2014

Lumina Foundation engaged with InnoCentive to create Challenges that would stimulate new approaches to help modernize the U.S. higher education system, that would ultimately meet the needs of the future workplace.

Challenge Snap Shot: SunNight Solar: Dual-Use Off-Grid Illumination Device

February 4, 2014

To address the problem of the millions of people stuck in the dark after sundown, unable to access electricity, Mark Bent set up the company SunNight Solar. After having spent most of his R&D budget, he came to InnoCentive and its global community to deliver innovative, out-of-the-box solutions. Our process allowed him to proceed more quickly and with far less expenditure. than he would have been able to achieve with his own R&D resources.

Whitepaper: Embrace Failure to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture

January 28, 2014

Open Innovation industry thought leader and business strategist, Stefan Lindegaard,shares his insights from a recent survey and reviews case studies in which he looked at how global innovation teams deal with failure and embrace the concept of smart-failing. Download to learn more today!

Webinar Replay: NASA Center of Excellence For Collaborative Innovation

January 14, 2014

Implementing a deliberate strategy developed to drive organizational change, NASA began pioneering the use of crowdsourcing and collaborative innovation in 2005, to more actively engage the public and advance solutions to difficult challenges. After an incredibly successful set of pilot challenges, NASA was requested by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create a Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (COECI) to assist other Federal Agencies in applying the practice of crowdsourcing. On the heels of its two-year anniversary, the NASA Center of Excellence is pleased to share their innovation crowdsourcing experiences with you. Join usfor a live webinar – NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation – Crowdsourcing Journey hosted by the NASA COECI Team as they discuss and review: • A brief history of the pilots • The CoECI mission, organization, and use of NASA@Work internally • Highlights of recent successful challenges • Best practices learned • Audience Q&A

Webinar Replay: The People Side of Innovation

December 10, 2013

Stefan Lindegaard, renown innovation strategist and thought leader, discusses the skills and mindset that are required to be a good innovator in this era of “modern innovation,” which is driven more by openness and business models than internal R&D and patents. Topics include: · 7 critical personal competencies for innovation success · An overview of the types of people and functions you need for a strong innovation team · Insights on the key elements for corporate innovation training programs · A view on why some people kill innovation – and how to deal with them

Webinar Replay: Embrace Failure to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture

October 29, 2013

During this webinar, Stefan Lindegaard renown innovation strategist and thought leader shares his insights from a recent survey and reviews case studies in which he looked at how global innovation teams deal with failure and embrace the concept of smart-failing. He will cover issues such as: · The key reasons why innovation teams fail and how they deal with failure · The honest interaction – or lack thereof - between innovation teams and corporate executives when failure occurs · The challenges in learning from failure in innovation teams and elsewhere in your organization

Whitepaper: 10X Innovation ROI on Your Internal Collaboration

October 23, 2013

This whitepaper authored by Open Innovation industry thought-leader and author, Stephen Shapiro, outlines the steps that companies need to take to accelerate internal collaboration to drive their business and to find solutions to problems that matter most.

Webinar Replay: Innovate Your Internal Collaboration

September 24, 2013

Excellent discussion on internal collaboration featuring Open Innovation industry thought-leader and author Stephen Shapiro. In this webinar, you will learn specific strategies for improving your internal collaboration and problem solving capability to generate meaningful results for your organization.

Case Study: Kings College Lion's Den Challenge

September 30, 2013

Lion’s Den Challenge (LDC) is King’s answer to the BBC’s Dragon’s Den (or Shark Tank, for our American readers). Launched in 2007, LDC is now in entering its 7th year, the third year with InnoCentive’s involvement. Many universities run business plans for their students, often through the associated business school, or a business club for self-selecting entrepreneurs-in-training. But Lion’s Den Challenge is not just your standard business plan competition. Firstly, King’s has no business school. And while business clubs do exist, and do run some impressive competitions of their own, LDC is specifically aimed at graduate students and post-docs who are active in research, but perhaps not yet active in the business community/entrepreneurship scene.

Whitepaper: Innovation Culture - The Big Elephant in the Room

July 22, 2013

An innovative culture is key to outperforming your competitors. Having the appropriate mindset and behaviors engrained in the organization is especially essential for companies pursuing open innovation. Authored by industry thought-leader, author, and blogger Stefan Lindegaard, this white paper describes how an innovative culture operates and provides advice on how to move toward creating such a culture in your company.

Webinar Replay: Why Foundations & Non-Profits like Lumina Foundation are Harnessing Open Challenges & Prize Competitions

June 14, 2013

This webinar, featuring Kiko Suarez, Vice President of Communications and Innovation at Lumina Foundation (an InnoCentive client), and InnoCentive Director Siobhán Gibney Gomis, demonstrates how a well-designed Challenge can result in game-changing impact for foundations/nonprofits and their missions.

Webinar Replay: Innovation Culture - The Big Elephant in the Room

May 24, 2013

Fascinating webinar talk and discussion on innovation culture with industry thought-leader Stefan Lindegaard. Hundreds of innovation practitioners attended this event, and over 70 questions were submitted.

Webinar Replay: Harnessing the Power of Big Data

March 26, 2013

Webinar featuring thought-leader Phil Simon focused on how leading organizations are using crowdsourcing, open innovation, and prize competition mechanisms to harness the power of Big Data. During this event, Mr. Simon provides tips and practical advice for getting started without having to make massive capital investments, and with tangible returns in weeks or months, not years.

Article: Alliance Magazine Article on The Power of the Crowd

March 1, 2013

An insighful byline written by InnoCentive's own Simon Schneider about the power of the crowd. Featured in the March 2013 issue of Alliance Magazine.

Webinar Replay: Avoiding the Open Innovation Cliff

January 30, 2013

Industry thought-leader Reuben Oder, formerly P&G's Connect+Develop Community of Experts Leader, shares his expertise to help viewers drive adoption of their Open Innovation (OI) programs, sustain momentum over the long-term, and accelerate their pace of innovation.

Webinar Replay: Forrester Research on Sustaining Your Innovation Investments

September 18, 2012

This webinar presented by analyst Chris Andrews of Forrester focuses on best practices for justifying and sustaining your innovation investments, including ROI and value measurement. The presentation shares common pain points in making the case for innovation programs, including open innovation initiatives, and provides helpful tips for communicating the value of your efforts.

Webinar Replay: Air Force Research Labs on Best Practices for Prize Competitions

July 25, 2012

Learn how Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) IDEA Lab used collaborative innovation to create successful prize-based Challenges for the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL). WBI partners with the AFRL – a $4B technology powerhouse – to energize world-class R&D collaborations and technology innovation. Featured speaker Bob Lee will discuss the benefits and true effectiveness of successful problem definition and deconstruction in prize design – highlighting the Air Force Research Labs’ successful FAST Rope Challenge.

Case Study: Gartner Report-InnoCentive Positions Itself as a Challenge Marketplace

June 27, 2012

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

Case Study: Global Security Challenge

June 20, 2012

Learn how the Global Security Challenge (GSC) finds the next generation of security solutions. Running annually from 2006 to 2011, the GSC is one of InnoCentive’s flagship Grand Challenges, and since 2006, $2.9 million has been awarded as a result of this long-standing and successful program.

Case Study: Energy Storage Challenge

June 20, 2012

Learn how the Energy Storage Challenge finds great ideas to store and transport energy. Launched in 2010 to find the best ideas from around the world for new energy storage and transporation systems, 121 solutions were received, 7 finalists were recognized, and $250,000 in Challenge awards were granted.

Whitepaper: Challenges, Prize Programs, and the Opportunity for Government

May 2, 2012

How can the public sector and government get the best from running challenges and prize competitions? As we witness the resurgence of governments' use of these innovative tools, this white paper explores both the pitfalls and opportunities associated with running challenge programs in government.

Video: What is InnoCentive?

April 10, 2012

Three minute overview of InnoCentive and the power of Challenges.

Whitepaper: Adding Value to Stage-Gate Through the Use of Challenges

April 2, 2012

This whitepaper explores the use of prize-based Challenges to accelerate innovation outcomes and improve business performance through integration to existing enterprise business processes, and specifically, the ubiquitous Stage-Gate process.

Webinar Replay: Open Innovation & Collaboration Webinar - NASA Presents its Real Life Implementation and Lessons Learned

March 29, 2012

This webinar focuses on NASA’s experience with collaborative innovation and partnership building activities through non-traditional methodologies. Specifically discussed are the implementation strategies utilized by the agency, the obstacles encountered, and the successful outcomes and lessons learned.

Webinar Replay: Forrester Research on The 2012 State of Global Open Innovation

February 28, 2012

In late 2011, Forrester Research conducted a global survey of 229 innovation practitioners across a variety of industries. The research was augmented with more than a dozen in-depth interviews with senior executive leaders in Global 2,000 firms. This webinar, sponsored by InnoCentive and featuring Forrester analyst Chris Andrews, highlights results from the study.

Whitepaper: Harnessing the Global Talent Pool to Accelerate Innovation

February 15, 2012

Authored by industry thought leader Braden Kelley and following on the heels of a recent webinar on the same topic, this whitepaper explores the intersection of talent management and open innovation strategies. The paper dives into why having an external talent strategy is becoming increasingly important and how it can help your company accelerate innovation, shows how leading organizations manage their open innovation and crowdsourcing efforts (including case study examples of companies like P&G), and provides proven strategies and steps to take for attracting talent to your organization's innovation efforts.

Case Study: Prize4Life

January 26, 2012

Read about the $1 million Grand Challenge to find a biomarker for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The solution is expected to cut the cost of a Phase II clinical trial from $10 million to $5 million.

Webinar Replay: Harnessing The Global Talent Pool to Accelerate Innovation

December 13, 2011

Braden Kelley, co-founder of Innovation Excellence, a global online innovation community and author of "Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire," explores how organizations can utilize open innovation and crowdsourcing resources as an essential talent management strategy to drive their business.

Case Study: EnterpriseWorks

December 8, 2011

Read about how EnterpriseWorks tapped the InnoCentive Solver Network to solve the "unsolvable" problem of providing fresh drinking water to people in developing areas. The solution provided fresh water and new economic opportunities for millions of people.

Case Study: Precyse Technologies, Inc.

December 8, 2011

Precyse Technologies, Inc. turned to InnoCentive to find a way to remotely wake up a wireless device without using a battery – at a dramatically longer range than any market available technology would allow. They found a solution that exceeded their needs - and saved them over $1 Million in R&D costs.

Webinar Replay: Architecting a Prize-based Grand Challenge Program

June 21, 2011

InnoCentive's Gabriel Eichler and Dr. Melanie Leitner, Chief Scientific Officer of Prize4Life, discuss Grand Challenges, which are important problems whose solutions have high value and far-reaching benefits to society and humanity.

Whitepaper: Challenging the Public To Do Good

April 15, 2011

This whitepaper explores how InnoCentive's Challenge Driven Innovation methodology and tools can make a tremendous impact on nonprofit organizations' ability to solve Challenges that matter most for the public good, assist in fundraising efforts, optimize scarce resources, and harness the same proven innovation methods that have been available to commercial organizations for years. Several case studies are highlighted in the report.

Case Study: NASA's 7-Challenge Experience with InnoCentive

October 25, 2010

Comprehensive report detailing NASA’s experience with InnoCentive. Includes details about the 7 public Challenges NASA executed with InnoCentive, Solver testimonials, and lessons learned.

Challenge Solution: Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Discovered

February 7, 2011

In 2006, Prize4Life partnered with InnoCentive to launch the $1 million ALS Biomarker Prize with the goal of accelerating the development of a biomarker — an inexpensive and easy-to-use tool that can accurately measure the progression of ALS in patients. An effective biomarker will make clinical trials of ALS drugs cheaper, quicker, and more efficient. By overcoming a fundamental obstacle in drug development for ALS, the discovery of a biomarker clears the way forward for pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop treatments for ALS. The awarding of the $1 million ALS Biomarker Prize in 2011 to Dr. Seward Rutkove for his identification of a biomarker marks a significant step forward in ALS research.

Case Study: Roche Experience with Open Innovation

June 1, 2009

See how Roche Diagnostics took an experimental approach to look at smarter ways of working that would help them utilize their employee’s knowledgebase more effectively. They challenged two different networks of scientists to tackle the same problem – one, an internal R&D community (ie employees of Roche Diagnostics), and the other, an external network of scientists, the global network of InnoCentive Solvers.

Case Study: The Total Economic Impact™ of InnoCentive Challenges

May 1, 2009

See how SCA, a large, international consumer products organization, achieved a return on investment (ROI) of 74%, with a payback period of less than three months as a result of using InnoCentive Challenges for open innovation in a major R&D division of the organization.

Challenge Solution: TB Alliance Works to Eradicate One of the World’s Deadliest Diseases

December 4, 2008

In late 2007, the TB Alliance, a not-for-profit, product development partnership (PDP) dedicated to accelerating the discovery and development of new and improved drugs to treat tuberculosis, posted a Challenge on the InnoCentive web site. The Challenge was seeking a theoretical solution to simplify the manufacturing process of a current drug compound. This new methodology would improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of producing the compound, making it more widely available and more effective against the spread of TB, which is responsible for one death every 20 seconds. The solution was provided by two Solvers, one of whom was a scientist with a very personal stake in finding a cure for TB. His contribution to developing a cost effective process will benefit millions suffering from TB especially from developing and underdeveloped countries.

Case Study: Harvard Business School Study of InnoCentive

June 10, 2008

This validating case study provides details about safeguarding intellectual property, talks about the benefits to commercial enterprises, and lists specific examples of Ideation Challenges posted on

Challenge Solution: Solver Brings Light to African Villages

March 8, 2008

In late 2007, SunNight Solar, an organization that is dedicated to shining a light on problems plaguing the developing world including poverty, women’s safety, health, and literacy, sought the help of InnoCentive’s Solver community to create a dual-purpose solar light to serve as both a lamp and a flashlight to be used in African villages and other areas of the world without electricity. This invention provides sufficient light for security at night, enabling children to study and allowing family members to safely walk to outhouses at night. An electrical engineer from New Zealand solved the Challenge and was awarded $20,000 in March 2008.

Challenge Solution: Oil Industry Outsider Solves Oil Spill Recovery Challenge

November 7, 2007

In the summer of 2007, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) posted 3 Challenges on the InnoCentive website, all dealing with oil spill recovery issues from the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. The first of these Challenges was solved in November 2007 by an oil industry outsider who used his expertise in the concrete industry to come up with the winning solution. John Davis, an InnoCentive Solver from the Central United States, was awarded $20,000 for his creative solution.