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Solar-powered wireless routers

STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 434
POSTED: Nov 28 2007
SOURCE: InnoCentive

A design for a solar-powered wireless router composed of low-cost, readily available hardware and software components is needed. The router is to become part of a reliable Internet communication network connecting metropolises and remote towns in developing countries. This challenge sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation requires only a written proposal.

Challenge ID: 5644660
 
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Challenge Overview
The Rockefeller Foundation is working with this Seeker to design a solar-powered wireless router composed of low-cost, readily available hardware and software components. This router is to become part of a reliable Internet communication network connecting metropolises and remote towns in developing countries. The challenge requires only a written proposal, and the submission to the challenge should include the following:

  1. The detailed description (identification or a novel design) of the programmable wireless router that would be recharged using a solar-powered device. The description should address specific Solution Requirements presented in the challenge description.
  2. Rationale as to why the proposed design will possess the properties described in the detailed description of the challenge. The rationale should be supported by relevant literature and/or patent precedents.


The Seeker is not looking for just a review on the subject. The proposed design should offer the Seeker "freedom to practice", i.e. there should be no patents or patent applications preventing the use of the solution. The award is contingent upon the theoretical evaluation of the submitted proposals by the Seeker.



The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to "promote the well-being" of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. The Foundation supports work around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are more widely shared. With assets of nearly $4 billion, it is one of the few institutions to conduct such work both within the United States and internationally.
What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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