On August 13, 2012, we launched an InnoCentive Brainstorm Challenge with an unusual goal: to crowdsource a definitive medical diagnosis for a patient whose case has stymied doctors at Stanford, Harvard and the National Institute of Health. More than 1500 Solvers joined our challenge, generating 108 pages of hypotheses for our team of specialists to evaluate. Now, we are returning to ask the Solver community to join us on our new challenge: help us to define the next phase of our journey, to bring us closer to our goal of reaching a definitive diagnosis.
An InnoCentive Brainstorm Challenge is a question written by a member of the InnoCentive Community to obtain access to new ideas. These “global brainstorms” tap the InnoCentive Global Solver Community and may lead to any number of outcomes, such as a new commercial application for a current product, or a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Brainstorm Challenges are Open Ideation, meaning that all submissions may be viewed by any Solver who has signed the Challenge confidentiality agreement. Submissions are typically a few paragraphs long and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.In a Brainstorm Challenge, Solvers may:
Submit ideas of their own
Submit third party information that they have the right to use, and the authority to convey the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
Submit information considered to be in the public domain without any limitations on use
Expand on solutions submitted by other Solvers
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Brainstorm Challenge will be followed by one or more of the Premium Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.
Refer to the Brainstorm Help pages for additional information about Brainstorm Challenges