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Challenge N Square Challenge: Building a Nuclear Security Innovation Network
N Square Challenge: Building a Nuclear Security Innovation Network
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 125
Posted: Feb 10 2016
Challenge ID: 9933708
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The web of institutions and organizations commonly described as the “nuclear security sector” is insular, and as a result the barriers to entry for new contributors is very high. There is no common map or problem typology, making it difficult for people or organizations with valuable expertise, new technologies and other resources to identify intelligent ways to engage. This is why N Square is focused on building the Nuclear Security Innovation Network, a diverse and highly engaged network populated by influencers in the arts and culture, education, finance, media, and science and technology working collaboratively with subject matter experts from the nuclear disarmament, safety and security fields. 

This Challenge seeks solutions that detail how such a network would function—how members are recruited, cultivated and engaged long-term, whether through face-to-face convenings, social media and other digital platforms, or via other means. N Square believes that networks of educators, financiers, gamers, hackers and artists working in close collaboration with nuclear security experts represent previously untapped potential to make us all safer from nuclear threat. We expect that the Nuclear Security Innovation Network will engage both committed nuclear arms control advocates and a new generation of innovators by tapping into a contemporary ideal: Collaborative innovation for planetary benefit. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


The Seeker, N Square, is looking for ways to build the Nuclear Security Innovation Network, an actively engaged, collaborative network-of-networks composed of innovators and influencers who will develop new approaches to nuclear challenges, new ways to educate and engage the public about nuclear risk, and new partnerships to support high-potential initiatives. The Nuclear Security Innovation Network will include a diverse mix of innovators, influencers and decision-makers from the arts and culture, education, finance, media, science and technology, and the nuclear security expert community. 

Solutions should focus on the mechanics, structure and operations of a vibrant network of innovators.

The winning solution will include strategies to ensure active, sustained involvement in the network and will provide examples of successful, long-lived innovation networks working on analogous challenges. 

About the Seeker

N Square is a hybrid innovation lab and funder designed to foster collaboration, ignite the public imagination and spark new ideas about how to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons. N Square is a collaborative effort between five of the largest peace and security funders in the United States: The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

N Square is based on the idea that new forms of cross-sector collaboration—combined with the sheer ingenuity of an engaged public—will enable us to innovate our way to a world free from the risks associated with nuclear weapons and fissile materials.

For more information about N Square visit

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

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • 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.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 13, 2016.  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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