The Seeker wishes to identify materials &/or processes that can be used to create materials physical properties similar to softwoods. The Seeker is particularly interested in highly sustainable materials & processes suitable for mass production of low-cost educational and household products.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Wooden consumable products are increasingly non-sustainable. However, currently known sustainable materials have multiple limitations, either in their physical properties, suitability for machining, or robustness. Lots of detail regarding the nature of intended application of the required material are given in the detailed challenge description.
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.
What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?
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-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. 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.