A vehicle is used for transporting people, animals, or goods from one place to another. In addition to bringing supplies to people, vehicles can help extend the reach of other services, such as healthcare, communication, etc. The purpose of this challenge is to add value to Ford commercial vehicles and light duty trucks through the creation of accessories that make these services better wherever the vehicle visits. To make the challenge concrete we are setting the challenge in Johannesburg - the largest city in South Africa.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Vehicles can take goods and people to places and enable services in various ways. They can also do things while parked to extend the reach of services to people for whom services may not exist or are intermittent. Prenatal care, education, water treatment, power generation, communication through mobile hot-spots, delivery of healthcare services and supplies that can be difficult to store – these are just some of the examples of services that vehicles could improve with the addition of meaningful accessories. Whether urban or rural, there are accessories that can improve the reach of services.
The purpose of this challenge is to invite the ‘maker’ community to add value to Ford commercial vehicles and light duty trucks through the creation of accessories that make these services better wherever the vehicle visits. To make the challenge concrete we are setting the challenge in Johannesburg. Ultimately, Ford desires a solution that transcends the balance between the local characteristics of Johannesburg and any urban environment in Africa.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 16, 2014. 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 submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
It’s no secret – as the global population becomes more interconnected, we must adapt and expand our approach to mobility. Through the Innovate Mobility Series, Ford is inviting Solvers across the globe to help explore mobility issues facing communities around the world and unearth new solutions.
Whether you’re on a village road in India, a congested freeway in Los Angeles, or the streets of Shanghai, Ford’s goal is to make mobility affordable in every sense of the word – economically, environmentally, and socially. And since global changes require global input and innovation, we need you! All Challenges in the Innovate Mobility Series are open to Solvers worldwide.
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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.