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)..
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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 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:
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.