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The Economist-InnoCentive Transparency Challenge

STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: Nov 30 2011
SOURCE: InnoCentive

Recent world events have shown how social networking platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) can help citizens coordinate large-scale action and facilitate the spread of democracy.  But what is the next step?  Identify an emerging technology or global information platform, and describe how it can be used to motivate transparency in governments. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Challenge ID: 9932802
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Challenge Overview

The Economist is looking for innovative ways to promote transparency in governments around the world.  Identify an emerging technology or a national/global information platform (it should be freely available) and propose an innovative way to use this resource to motivate governments to engage in productive open discourse with citizens. 

The overall winner will be given a unique opportunity to present their idea to high-profile leaders in the business of innovation at the upcoming Economist Ideas Economy: Innovation event in Berkeley, California, USA on March 28, 2012.  In addition, the winning Solver will receive: an honorarium of $1000, compensation for travel expenses, admission for themselves and a guest, an interview with an Economist editor live on-stage at the event, video promotion of the event recording on and through social media channels, publicity for the winning solution in the post-event wrap report to all delegates/speakers, and an official meeting with members of the Ideas Economy programming team to discuss ideas for venture capital or policy leaders. 

Solvers from any background are invited to contribute!   For this Challenge, The Economist is not interested in owning or obtaining license to use any of the materials submitted, except for promotional purposes.  All intellectual property will remain with the submitting Solver, teams, or their affiliated organizations.  Solvers who submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submissions after the Challenge deadline, however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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 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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