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Humanitarian Air Drop

STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 1129
POSTED: 3/02/11

Humanitarian food and water drops can only be done over an unpopulated drop zone because there is danger of falling debris to people below. We are looking for an alternative way to drop large amounts of Humanitarian food and water packages from an aircraft into populated areas such that there is no danger of falling objects (i.e. non-food items) causing harm to those on the ground.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal. You can try our new Team Project functionality on this Challenge.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9932741
 
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Challenge Overview

Currently Humanitarian food and water drops can only be done over an unpopulated drop zone because there is danger of falling debris to people below. We are looking for an alternative way to drop large amounts of Humanitarian food and water packages from an aircraft into populated areas such that there is no danger of falling objects (i.e. non-food items) causing harm to those on the ground. 

We would like a new system design or modifications to the current system. Drawings will be required. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker, instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Team-based Proposals We value the diverse nature of the Solvers in our Network, and are now encouraging you to strengthen your Proposals by recruiting team members to work on this Challenge. Past experience shows that collaborating with multi-disciplinary colleagues and submitting Proposals as a team can truly yield great results. To support team collaboration, we have added new functionality called a "Team Project Room". A Team Project Room is a secure online workspace that allows a group of Solvers to securely collaborate and solve an InnoCentive Challenge. Team Project Room functionality will only be available for selected Challenges. By encouraging Solvers to work together, we believe that the quality and quantity of solutions to more complex or multidisciplinary Challenges will be improved. If you want to read more about Team Project Rooms, click here. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Find team members using the discussion forum found in this Challenge Project Room or and have them register as a Solver on InnoCentive.com.
  2. Once you have your team, click on the Team Room Form tab found in the Project Room for this Challenge and fill in the required fields.

That’s it! All inquiries will be responded to within 1 business day. We look forward to seeing your teams collaborate in our new work environment, and would greatly appreciate any feedback.

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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-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. 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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