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Challenge Seeking New Products for Chrysotile Asbestos

Seeking New Products for Chrysotile Asbestos

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 289
Posted: Oct 13 2017
Challenge ID: 9934040
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The Seeker is looking for new uses for chrysotile asbestos fibers, in particular new products that use large quantities of the product. This product has unique features which will be described in the Challenge Details Section including chemical and physical properties. This is not a search for an existing product, but ideas for development of new products.

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


The Challenge

The Seeker needs to find new products for chrysotile fiber 3, 4, 5, 6 grades of various brands, in any area, with consumption not less than 1000 tons/per year.

NOTE: the Seeker is looking for new products, not new uses for existing products. A list of known products will be provided.

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 $33,000, with one award being at least $10,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • 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.


About the Seeker: 

JSC “Orenburg minerals” is one of the world leader in mining and sales of chrysotile on both the domestic and the international market. Our company main product is chrysotile fiber and other products based on it. JSC “Orenburg minerals” has a long history, beginning from 1979. The Company’s annual production is 600K tons, which is 30% of the international market. We are selling our products to 30 world countries and have become the undisputed industrial leader. “Strengthen success! Finish the victory”– is our slogan.


Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 11, 2018. 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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