Questions about InnoCentive
In 2005, InnoCentive was spun out of Eli Lilly with investments led by Spencer Trask of New York. In December 2006, shortly after president and CEO Dwayne Spradlin took the helm, the company signed an agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation to add a nonprofit area designed to generate science and technology solutions to pressing problems in the developing world.
In 2006, Prize4Life partnered with InnoCentive to launch the $1 million ALS Biomarker Prize, which was a Grand Challenge designed to find a biomarker to measure the progression of ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – in patients. In February 2011, the $1 million prize was awarded to Dr. Seward Rutkove for his creation and validation of a clinically viable biomarker. In early 2011, InnoCentive launched four more Grand Challenges on behalf of Life Technologies.
Today, InnoCentive is a privately-held, venture-backed firm that has experienced consistent year-over-year growth. Based just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, the company has posted more than 2,000 Challenges to its global Solver community, in addition to thousands of internal Challenges – those targeted at private communities such as employees – executed by customers using InnoCentive’s Challenge Platform. InnoCentive currently enables Challenges in a wide variety of disciplines, including Business and Entrepreneurship, Chemistry, Computer/Information Technology, Engineering and Design, Food and Agriculture, Life Sciences, Math and Statistics, and Physical Sciences.
InnoCentive’s Solver network now consists of over 375,000+ creative and talented individuals from nearly 200 countries, with an added reach of millions through our strategic partnerships.
Questions about InnoCentive Seekers
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If you have a question about a Challenge, just ask! To ask a question, click on the “messages” tab in your project room for any Challenge. One of our expert Innovation Program Managers will answer your question or pass it along to the Seeker promptly.
Questions about InnoCentive Solvers
- Go to https://www.innocentive.com/ar/registration/.
- Create a username and password.
- Provide an e-mail address and select your country location.
- Type the characters you see into the text box on the registration page.
- Click on the Join Now button.
After you complete the registration form, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to verify and complete your registration.
1. Go to: http://www.InnoCentive.com/ar/login/forgot.
2. Enter your username or e-mail address.
3. Press the Submit button. You will receive an e-mail with a temporary password.
4. Log in at https://innocentive.com/ar/login/index with your temporary password.
5. Click the “My Account” tab and reset your password to something that is easy for you to remember. Be sure to press the Save Changes button.
If you do not receive the e-mail with your temporary password, please contact Support at email@example.com.
Questions about InnoCentive Challenge Types
Questions about MY IC, Project Rooms and Submissions
- Go to http://www.InnoCentive.com
- Log in using your username and password.
- Select the Challenge from your list of Open Challenges in My IC. Or click a Challenge listed in the Challenge Center, click on the View Challenge Details button and agree to the Challenge Specific Agreement (this opens a Project Room for the Challenge).
- Create your initial solution document using these accepted formats; Microsoft Word (.doc), Text (.txt), Rich Text (.rtf), or an editable PDF (.pdf).
- Save this document on your computer. You can then create additional files of any file type as attachments in your submission.
- Click on the “My Solution” tab, select the browse button to access the initial submission file on your computer. There is second browse button option to upload up to 10 additional attachments, if needed.
- You have the option to enter a title for your solution.
- Press the Send to InnoCentive button.
A confirmation email of receipt of your submission will be sent to your registered email address.
1. Click the ‘Messages’ link at the top of your Project Room for the Challenge. After you click the link, the Compose New Message button appears.
2. Click the button to enter your question for the InnoCentive Challenge.
You can review the Challenge details, submit your solution proposal, ask questions, and receive answers confidentially from the InnoCentive team. You can also click the Messages button on the right side of the screen in your Project Room.
Questions about Team Project Rooms
- Some Challenges inherently call for insight from multiple Solvers with diverse knowledge and skills. By working with other Solvers, you could increase your chances of submitting a winning solution
- Some Solvers already work in teams. By participating in a TPR, the terms for intellectual property (IP) and award sharing among the team members are worked out in advance
- The Room Leader’s username
- The Maximum Number of Room members and the Award Distribution Scheme (Equal Payout or Room Leader decides)
- The usernames and email addresses of the member(s) who are being invited
Once we receive the form, we will create the Team Project Room and work with you to invite the other team members to join.
- A discussion forum where members can exchange ideas, and where notifications are posted alerting members to important events occurring within the Room
- A document exchange capability, where members can upload, review, and rate documents that may be used in the development of their solution
- A page from which the team’s solution(s) are managed, reviewed, approved, and forwarded to InnoCentive
- A message center that enables the Room Leader to ask questions about the Challenge and receive replies from InnoCentive Client Services
- To be very simple and easy for Solvers to understand
- To have rules that are fair and reasonable, and protective of the interests of all participants
- To establish a clear and appropriate intellectual property (IP) transfer structure for the work of the team
- To create an effective collaboration platform that protects each team member’s rights while preventing any single member from unduly obstructing the process
- The Room Leader invites members to the team, up to the agreed maximum size. Members can propose and comment on new members in the Discussion area of the TPR, and once agreed upon, the Room Leader may invite new members to the Team Project Room by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include:
- The Team Leader’s username and email
- The name and number of the Challenge
- The usernames and email addresses of the member(s) who are being invited
- They are ineligible to submit a solution for that Challenge via any channel other than the original Team Project Room they joined
- They are ineligible to join another Room for the same Challenge, or create their own individual room
- If a Solver has already submitted a solution for a Challenge, they cannot join a Team Project Room for the same Challenge
- The submission is reviewed by Room members during a “comment period” prior to forwarding to InnoCentive; Room members either approve the submission or provide a dissenting opinion
- Failure to respond during the comment period is treated as approval for the submission
- The Room Leader determines if any dissenting opinions warrant revising the submission; if so, a new comment period begins
- All dissenting opinions are forwarded to the Seeker together with the submission; it’s up to the Seeker to evaluate the potential impact
- Any due diligence failure involving any team member invalidates the entire solution
- Rooms provide collaborative authoring tools, rating and voting mechanisms to facilitate arriving at an agreed solution, but InnoCentive will not arbitrate
- All contributed intellectual property (IP) from a removed member stays with the Room
- Information regarding the member’s removal will be communicated to the Seeker; the Seeker will assess the potential impact and determine how the Room’s submission will be treated
- If any member violates the Room contract, InnoCentive reserves the right to invalidate and disband the Room