America’s workforce and employers have a common goal – they both want a higher education system that better prepares workers to be successful on the job and teaches skills that will remain valuable in the future. How can companies work with higher education to make this a reality? The goal is to create a product or service that will facilitate communication between the employers and higher education about teaching workplace-relevant skills.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 25, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.
With the changing landscape of employment and economic uncertainty, the definition of a productive employee has morphed over time. Not only is an individual expected to hit the ground running, but employees are also asked to grow and develop into both broadened technical and leadership roles. Not all workforce skills map directly to available coursework or degrees in higher education. Employers are then faced with identifying the best surrogate set of academic skills and potential employees are frequently unaware of such expanded expectations.
What skills are needed to ensure success (e.g. communication, project management, collaboration, applied mathematics)? And what specialized skills might be good predictors of career success (e.g. technical skills associated with the job, networking, or even critical thinking)? How can they be identified? Which ones apply broadly to the expectations for employees across the corporation and which apply narrowly to a specified discipline or division? The Seeker desires a product or service to be used by employers and universities to quickly establish the skills needed for success and to translate that information into an educational objective (degrees, specific coursework, etc.) in the setting of higher education.
This is a special 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 submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
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.