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Challenge Novel Hygiene Solutions for Your Office Desktop
Novel Hygiene Solutions for Your Office Desktop
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 253
Posted: Dec 04 2013
Challenge ID: 9932999
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Communal office spaces have multiple sources of potential infection. A number of known solutions for disinfection of hands or hard surfaces exist, but few solutions are well adapted being part of the desktop in communal workplaces.

Creative proposals are required that describe how an effective disinfection technology, or system thereof, can be integrated into an appealing and easy to use desktop device.

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


In major cities, up to 30% of the workforce uses communal office spaces. Sharing of tabletops, pens, keyboards, computers, screens and other inanimate objects exposes individuals to greater risk of infection with pathogens. In addition, increased density of occupation of these communal spaces can also influence microbial air quality.

The Seeker requires proposals describing easy to use technologies that could be used to disinfect or decrease the risk of infection in communal office environments. To win, proposals must describe a solution with some level of novelty e.g. a novel application, integration, formulation, or packaging of a known technology in format suitable for use at an individuals shared workspace (their desktop)..

  • This is an Accelerated Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. This Accelerated Ideation Challenge has several unique features, including:
    • A shortened posting period of 18-days
    • A guaranteed award of $3,000 for the best in class submission received in the first 9 days of the challenge period
    • A guaranteed award pool of $5,000 for the best in class solution(s) at the end of the challenge posting period – winners of the initial award are also eligible!
    • Forwarding your submissions to the Seeker directly once you submit your proposal, instead of at the end of the Challenge.  This allows the Seeker to complete the evaluation of submissions sooner after the Challenge deadline than they could otherwise.
    • Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission.  If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission.  This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission.

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  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 23-Dec-2013.  Late submissions will not be considered.

The Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that 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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