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Breakthrough Health Tech Modifications – Consumer Technology that Improves Health

AWARD:  $60,000 USD
DEADLINE: Withdrawn
POSTED: Jan 08 2013
SOURCE: InnoCentive

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – a common saying that is particularly true when it comes to peoples’ long-term health.  The Seeker for this Challenge, UnitedHealthcare, seeks to promote healthier lifestyles and/or new approaches for managing widespread chronic conditions by taking advantage of two exciting dynamics in today’s marketplace – innovative consumer technologies and consumer-centric health solutions.  Accordingly, they are seeking prototypes of novel combinations or modifications (“mods”) of existing, off-the-shelf consumer technology (including computer software and smartphone applications) that could be used to improve peoples’ health and quality of life. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or prototype delivery).  In the absence of a proven solution, however, the Seeker may make a partial award of up to $20,000 USD for a purely theoretical contribution.  In addition to the Challenge award, the Seeker may be interested in further collaboration with winning Solver(s) to further advance this project.

Challenge ID: 9933294
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Challenge Overview

The Seeker for this Challenge, UnitedHealthcare, desires delivery of prototypes of novel combinations or modifications (“mods”) of existing, off-the-shelf technology (including computer software and smartphone applications) that could be used to motivate and encourage people to make healthier lifestyle choices and/or help manage a chronic health condition.For Solvers with the ability to prepare a prototype, the Seeker will review brief abstracts about the proposed Solutions to provide guidance as to whether, if successfully made, they would meet the requirements of the Challenge.  Please see the Detailed Description of the Challenge for further information. 

The submission to the Challenge should include the following: 

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.  This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.
  3. A statement as to whether a functioning prototype has been created and would be available to the Seeker for testing.  Solvers should not submit prototypes to either the Seeker or InnoCentive unless they are requested to do so during the evaluation period for the Challenge. 

The award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers must assign to the Seeker all intellectual property (IP) rights comprising the solution.  However, the Seeker is willing to consider aa partial award if a portion of the IP rights comprising the solution cannot be assigned to Seeker by the Solver and the Solver instead can provide an exclusive license to such non-assignable IP rights.

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 RTP Challenge?

An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.

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