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Identifying Best-in-Class Support Services for Patients with Diabetes

STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: May 13 2014
SOURCE: InnoCentive

When people are first diagnosed with diabetes, they can experience a variety of emotions such as denial, anger, and resignation. Although there is no cure for diabetes, it can be successfully managed by eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping blood sugar levels in the target range. Many patients are prescribed insulin, either because their bodies do not produce enough insulin or are unable to use insulin properly. Learning to administer the drug via self-injections and effective dose management can be difficult for patients. The Seeker recognizes the importance of assisting the patient as a whole and desires innovative approaches for best-in-class support services. 

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 June 27, 2014. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

Challenge ID: 9933579
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Challenge Overview

More than 50% of people with diabetes have difficulty maintaining their blood sugar levels within the target range. The reasons for this poor self-management often relate to fears concerning injections, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and weight gain. People with diabetes have access to diabetes self-management education, an ongoing process to communicate the knowledge, skill, and ability required for diabetes self-care, however, these resources are not enough. The Seeker desires creative ways to present people with innovative approaches for diabetes management and best-in-class patient support service experience to overcome these issues. 

This is a special Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. There are several unique features:

  • Posting period of 45 days.
  • There is a guaranteed early award.  A guaranteed award of $3,000 for the best submission received in the first 23 days of the posting period [by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 5, 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.

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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