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Self-Sealing Materials/Novel Installation Approaches for Sealing Gaps Between Wood Panels in Residential Construction

STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 268
POSTED: Jul 16 2015
SOURCE: InnoCentive

The Seeker desires a Solution for sealing the expansion joints between composite wood panels installed in a residential construction setting. The joint should be waterproof and airtight.  The Solution can be a manufacturing solution, a post-installation treatment of the joints on the job-site, or a hybrid of the two approaches.  

A manufacturing solution could include a modification of the composite wood in the panel itself, the addition of an engineered edge or coating to the panel, or other innovative approaches.  For example, can self-sealing technology (bio-based or polymers approaches) be incorporated into wood panels? Post-installation approaches to seal the joints on the job-site could include complements or improvements to current approaches of using liquid, aerosolized or foam sealants. 

This challenge has unique terms, please read the challenge-specific agreement carefully. 

  • Solvers grant the Seeker a non-exclusive license upon submission.  By submitting a proposal, Solvers grant to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information or intellectual property included in the proposal and/or implementations. 
  • There is a guaranteed award of $10,000.  The minimum total award for this challenge is $10,000 (“Minimum Award”), which is guaranteed to be awarded.
  • Exclusive option at the Seeker’s discretion.  The Seeker may (at it’s sole discretion), award individual Solvers an additional $15,000 (“Additional Award”) to obtain ownership to that Solver’s submission.

Challenge ID: 9933603
 
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Challenge Overview

The Seeker desires a solution which would ensure the expansion joints between oriented strand board (OSB) wood panels are sealed to be waterproof and airtight when installed in residential and multi-family construction.  The Solution can be a manufacturing solution, where the panels themselves are modified, a post-installation treatment of the joints on the job-site, or a hybrid of the two approaches. 

A manufacturing solution could include a modification of the composite wood in the panel, the addition of an engineered edge or coating to the panel, or other innovative approaches.  For example, can self-sealing technology (bio-based or polymers approaches) be incorporated into panels? Post-installation approaches to seal the joints could include complements or improvements to the current approaches of using liquid, aerosalized or foam sealants. 

This is a hybrid Challenge, which has elements of an Ideation and a Theoretical Challenge.  Please read the terms carefully.  It has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award of $10,000.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker.  An award of at least $5,000 will be made to the best manufacturing solution.  An award of no less than $2,500 will considered for post-installation solutions.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.
  • Exclusive option at the Seeker’s discretion.  The Seeker may (at it’s sole discretion), award individual Solvers an additional $15,000 (“Additional Award”) to obtain ownership to that Solver’s submission 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) of the specified deadline date.  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 a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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