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Challenge Disruptive 5G Device and/or Service
Disruptive 5G Device and/or Service
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 370
Posted: Aug 09 2016
Challenge ID: 9933910
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The next generation of mobile data connectivity is just around the corner with 5G technology expected to be in use by 2020. 5G connectivity is expected to greatly enhance performance compared to existing 4G systems with improvements of at least a factor of 10 for data rates, latency, and number of simultaneous connections as well enhanced mobility. The Seeker is looking for new ideas for features, products, and services enabled by the availability of this disruptive 5G technology. 

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


Increasing the performance of mobile connectivity brings forth new features/devices/services that were not feasible for previous generations of mobile technology. 5G connectivity is just around the corner and promises to greatly improve upon the capabilities of current mobile data links. Better data rates, lower latency, higher device connection capacity, and greater mobility are improvements expected compared to 4G connectivity. The Seeker is looking for new ideas for features, products, and/or services that can be commercialized by early 2020 based on the disruptions brought about by the introduction of 5G connectivity. Ideas may span the range from new features of existing devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, etc. to entirely new devices to new services enabled by novel software or hardware features or devices. 

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 $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • 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, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on Sept 09, 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 submit 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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