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Challenge Innovation in Arms Control Challenge: How Can the Crowd Support Arms Control Transparency Efforts?
Innovation in Arms Control Challenge: How Can the Crowd Support Arms Control Transparency Efforts?
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 566
Posted: Aug 28 2012
Challenge ID: 9933144
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This Challenge seeks creative ideas from the general public to use commonly available devices to help confirm whether states are complying with treaties or international arrangements addressing weapons and nonproliferation. 

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


Treaties or international arrangements addressing weapons, nonproliferation and confidence building measures are generally known as “arms control.”  They are diplomatic tools that governments use to regulate weapons (especially weapons of mass destruction), or to increase transparency, predictability and stability.  These treaties or international arrangements support mutual security and stability in general, however, in some situations one or more parties may be motivated to violate these arms control provisions, commonly understood as “cheating.”  This Challenge seeks creative ideas from the general public to use commonly available devices to support arms control transparency efforts. 

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 $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • This Challenge is being held under the America COMPETES Authority where awards may only be awarded to individuals (participating singly or in a team) who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or private entities that are incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States.  Only U.S. entities, citizens, and permanent residents are eligible to win a prize for this Challenge.  While submissions from ineligible Solvers are welcome and may be the subject of further interest, they cannot receive awards.  If you have a question about eligibility, please use your Project Room to ask a question. 
  • 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.

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.

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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