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Challenge New Methods for Detecting Pathogens
New Methods for Detecting Pathogens
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 276
Posted: Aug 27 2009
Challenge ID: 8742951
 
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Abstract
Surveying and maintaining the safety of air in crowded, public spaces is extremely important for public health. Areas in which large numbers of people spend extended amounts of time, such as airplanes, buses, subway stations, etc. must be carefully monitored to ensure that any communicable disease outbreaks (e.g. Swine Flu) or natural or manmade threats are detected and addressed rapidly.

This Challenge is seeking new ideas for methods of detecting pathogens within an airplane cabin environment. The Seeker is looking for novel ideas for platform technologies that they may be able to be used for this purpose. The pathogens of interest include dangerous biological agents, such as bacteria and viruses. Ideally a single platform could be used to detect all such airborne pathogens, but it’s possible that some platforms may only operate effectively for one or a few applications.

This is an Ideation Challenge so your creativity and experience qualify you to participate in this Challenge.
Overview
Surveying and maintaining the safety of air in crowded, public spaces is extremely important for public health. Areas in which large numbers of people spend extended amounts of time, such as airplanes, buses, subway stations, etc. must be carefully monitored to ensure that any communicable disease outbreaks (e.g. Swine Flu) or natural or manmade threats are detected and addressed rapidly.

This Challenge is seeking new ideas for methods of detecting pathogens within an airplane cabin environment. The Seeker is looking for novel ideas for platform technologies that they may be able to be used for this purpose. The pathogens of interest include dangerous biological agents, such as bacteria and viruses. Ideally a single platform could be used to detect all such airborne pathogens, but it’s possible that some platforms may only operate effectively for one or a few applications.

This Challenge is an Ideation Challenge, which varies from traditional InnoCentive challenges in the following ways:
  • There is a guaranteed award. You do not need to meet every requirement to be awarded. The awards will be paid to the best submission(s), which are solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000. The Seeker can payout as one award or split it among the best submissions. At least one award will be $5,000 and no award will be less than $1,000.
  • Your submission will identify and describe a technology platform that meets the requirements of the challenge. You are required to give the Seeker a free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information submitted for this challenge.

    The Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision after the Challenge deadline. All Solvers that provide a submission will be notified as to the status of their submission; however, there will not be any detailed evaluation of your submission given.
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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 an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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