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Seeking a Mechanism for Secure Communications During a Crisis

TAGS:Computer Science/Information Technology Developing Countries Public Good Engineering/Design
STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 597
POSTED: 3/04/13

During conflicts or other political, environmental, or governmental crises around the world, the most vulnerable populations are often cut off from critical information and left with limited ability to communicate within their own communities or with the outside world. 

This Challenge seeks a robust and/or secure mechanism, tool, or process for two-way communication during crises that either augments existing communications infrastructure, or enables communication in areas where such infrastructure does not currently exist. 

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

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9933329
 
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Challenge Overview

During conflicts or the crises that precede them, vulnerable populations are often cut off from critical information and left with limited ability to communicate within and between their own communities or with the outside world.  While many existing efforts aim to improve information flow during crises, the primary focus is often on information flowing out from the crisis, rather than information flowing into or amongst the affected populations. 

In addition, conflicts and crises often occur in places where existing telecommunications and Internet infrastructure is sparse or nonexistent.  Even when such infrastructure is present, it can become unreliable, compromised and even manipulated by those seeking to do harm during a crisis.  

This Challenge seeks a robust and/or secure mechanism, tool, or process for two-way communication during crises that either augments existing communications infrastructure, or enables communication in areas where such infrastructure does not currently exist. 

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 $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $10,000 and no award being smaller than $3,000.
  • 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 their 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 who submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided

ABOUT THE SEEKERS

USAID (United States Agency for International Development) carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the Unites States, and fosters good will abroad.   http://www.usaid.gov/

Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. At home and in the corners of the globe where these ideals are challenged most, we lead and support efforts to lift up the voices and will of people, ensure good governance and the rule of law, engage markets and business as a force for change, and encourage the exploration of promising ideas and innovations to end conflict and slavery.  All with the belief that everyone has the right to a life that is peaceful and free.  http://www.humanityunited.org/

Learn more about the joint USAID/Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention: http://thetechchallenge.org/#!communicate

For more insights into the Seekers and previous challenges, see this recent “Seeker Spotlight” feature on InnoCentive.com: http://bit.ly/15y8kJ6

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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