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Challenge A More Efficient Way to Collect Aborted Small Oranges
A More Efficient Way to Collect Aborted Small Oranges
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 412
Posted: Dec 14 2015
Challenge ID: 9933796
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Small aborted oranges are oranges that do not grow into edible oranges and fall onto the ground in farms. These oranges are of high value because they are rich in hesperidin, a compound that is used in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. 

The Seeker for this Challenge is looking for new methods to efficiently collect and triage these small aborted oranges, at the lowest possible cost, in order to replace or facilitate hand collection methods. 

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


After the flowering of the orange trees, the flowers become small fruits, and only one in about five to six of these small fruits will eventually develop into an edible orange. The remaining four to five will remain small and drop off: these are called aborted small oranges, and are very rich in hesperidin. 

Despite the value that these small aborted oranges have, the process of collecting them is extremely troublesome and tedious. The oranges are handpicked from the floor by workers and then the best ones (i.e. those with <23mm diameter) are selected. This makes the job very difficult and expensive to perform. 

Hence, the Seeker for this Challenge is looking for new methods to efficiently collect and triage these small aborted oranges, at the lowest possible cost, in order to replace or facilitate hand-collection methods. 

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 $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $7,500 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • 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 January 18, 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.

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