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Technology Challenges and Opportunities to Special Operation Forces in 2027

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 304
Posted: Jul 21 2017
Challenge ID: 9933554
 
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Abstract

Due to constrained time commitments, this Challenge is open for only 21 days. Please do not delay the start of working on this Challenge.

SOCOM is interested in what lies ahead for the world 10 years from now, and what challenges or opportunities will be presented to Special Operations Forces. We are interested in the impacts of technological innovation in the civilian society around the globe. What new or evolved technology will have the greatest impact, either as a challenge or as an opportunity, for Special Operation Forces in 2027? How is daily life for humans around the world going to differ from today? What innovations will industry invent, which will shape society 10 years from now? How will technologies become disruptive by themselves or converged with other technologies?   What are the economic, social, and military effects created by this technological evolution? We want to know how you see the world in 2027 and the critical impacts it might pose for Special Operations Forces.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award.

Overview

The pace of technology change is arguably not slowing down and the proliferation of emerging technology-based capabilities to the global population is continuing to cause global effects.  We are interested in what lies ahead for the world 10 years from now, and what challenges and/or opportunities will be presented to Special Operations Forces (SOF). We are interested in the impacts of technological innovation in both military technology and civilian society around the globe.

SOCOM is interested in what lies ahead for the world 10 years from now, and what challenges or opportunities will be presented to Special Operations Forces. We are interested in the impacts of technological innovation in the civilian society around the globe. What new or evolved technology will have the greatest impact, either as a challenge or as an opportunity, for Special Operation Forces in 2027? How is daily life for humans around the world going to differ from today? What innovations will industry invent, which will shape society 10 years from now? How will technologies become disruptive by themselves or converged with other technologies?   What are the economic, social, and military effects created by this technological evolution? We want to know how you see the world in 2027 and the critical impacts it might pose for Special Operations Forces. 

AWARDS

Up to ten papers will be selected for a $1,000 prize and for the development of a more detailed paper providing supporting details to the summary. Awardees will be invited to a workshop in Tampa, Florida to present their paper the week of October 16th. Upon attending and presenting their work, each awardee will be given an additional $1500. Travel expenses will not be provided.

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

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submissions (minimum of 5, but potential for 10) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout could be $25,000, with each potential individual Solver award being $2,500 in total to be paid out as follows:
    • $1000 will be paid to the top 5-10 papers submitted to this Challenge.
    • $1500 more will be paid after that awardee has presented their ideas at the Workshop to be held in October. (Note: Solvers will be attending at their own expense.)
  • 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.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 10, 2017.  Late submissions will not be considered. 

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 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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