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Describe Large-Scale Uses for Human-Machine Teamwork

STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: Dec 09 2011
SOURCE: InnoCentive

The Seeker is looking for little-known or innovative ways to combine massive numbers of humans with specialized computer systems, to produce economic outcomes that benefit a business or organization. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution, although the Seeker intends to split the award amongst 3-5 Solvers.


Challenge ID: 9932987
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Challenge Overview

The integration of humans and computers is a hallmark of the modern working environment and our rapidly evolving global economy.  The objective of this Challenge is to identify new ways of combining the work of large teams (e.g., 10-1000) of people, working with computers or other information technology to achieve a more efficient or effective economic outcome than what humans or machines could do individually.  Opportunities should be presented as specific use cases.  More details, including characteristics of a good use case, are available in the detailed description section of this Challenge. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.  Ideally, the Seeker would like to split the total award amongst 3-5 submissions. 
  • Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, Solvers grant to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).  All Solvers who submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; 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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