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Challenge Novel Approaches for Predicting Individual Life Expectancy
Novel Approaches for Predicting Individual Life Expectancy
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 396
Posted: Jul 02 2014
Challenge ID: 9933491
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Accurate estimates of life expectancy have long been an interest of clinicians, insurers, and academic researchers. What if there were a way to predict how long one is expected to live without traditional medical records, invasive tests, or examinations? The Seeker wants to identify a novel method of determining longevity.

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


Life expectancy is a commonly used statistic to measure the health of a population. On average, the current worldwide life expectancy is approximately 70 years, but this is influenced by many factors, including gender, geographical location, family history, diet, and social habits. In our increasingly health-conscious society, people are making smarter food and lifestyle choices, but how do you know if your habits are actually prolonging your life? What if you could find out how many more years are in your future? Is there a set of data points that can be used to estimate an individual’s life expectancy?  The Seeker desires a novel approach for combining information to accurately predict longevity.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed early award.  A guaranteed award of $3,000 for the best submission, as solely determined by the Seeker, received in the first 15 days of the posting period [submissions must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 17, 2014].
  • There is a guaranteed final award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $12,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000 – winner of the initial award also eligible.
  • Submission forwarding occurs during the Challenge.  Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission. If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission. This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission.
  • 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, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 4, 2014.  Late submissions will not be considered.

The Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit 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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