The Seeker is looking for new technology that can detect voids (sinkholes) underground in all types of soil conditions. Preference will be given to those technologies not previously used for this application.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Sinkholes cause a tremendous amount of damage to buildings, bridges, roadways, etc. when they collapse. Currently, we are able to predict conditions that cause them to form, but have had little success in detecting them once formed before they collapse. The Seeker is looking for new technologies not used for this application previously or significantly altered that can detect voids relatively close to the earth’s surface in all soil conditions.
This is an 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 submitted 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.