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.
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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:
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.
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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.