AARP Foundation, in collaboration with InnoCentive, is soliciting ideas to combat hunger in the aging population in the United States. In 2009, nearly 9 million older adults (50 and older) experienced food insecurity or did not know where their next meal was coming from. The number of food insecure older adults has been steadily increasing since 2007. Ideas or programs should focus on long-term, self-sustaining solutions that prevent/reduce food insecurity for older adults.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
This Challenge is part of the AARP Foundation-InnoCentive collaboration which seeks to combat hunger in the aging population in the United States. Ideas or programs should focus on long- term, self-sustaining solutions that prevent/reduce food insecurity for older adults without the need for continuous funding from 3rd party providers. The solutions can be existing programs or new ideas that have not yet been implemented.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
After the Challenge deadline, 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.
About the Seeker:
AARP Foundation wants to win back opportunity for those now in crisis, so millions of struggling low-income Americans 50 and older can regain their foothold, move from a state of vulnerability to stability, and continue to serve as anchors for their families and communities.
The Foundation helps struggling older adults and seniors by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today. We provide:
Working with local groups, government and national organizations, and corporations, the Foundation creates and supports solutions that help older people meet life's essentials: food, housing, income and personal connection.
We stand up for mature individuals in the courts. AARP Foundation Litigation advocates on behalf of older Americans, protecting their legal rights in critical retirement, health, long-term care and consumer issues.
We work to increase awareness among individuals and thought leaders about the critical issues low-income older Americans face today, including research into causes and longtime solutions for these problems.
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:
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.