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Challenge <p>New Approaches to Freeze Food-Based Liquids or Emulsions</p>

New Approaches to Freeze Food-Based Liquids or Emulsions

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 141
Posted: Nov 19 2018
Challenge ID: 9934100
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Part of the appeal of frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream is pulling the lever to dispense the dessert into a cone. Whether served in a shop or made at home, these foods take time to make, since the freezing process is not immediate and batches are churned and cooled to create the appropriate consistency. Therefore, the Seeker desires methods that can achieve rapid freezing of dessert products.

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


There are a number of commercially available countertop machines for making frozen desserts at home. However, considerable preparation time is needed to gather, chill, and mix the ingredients. What if it were possible to take a mixture and turn it into frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream in seconds rather than minutes or hours? The key lies in finding a reliable and speedy method for uniform freezing. Thus, the Seeker desires an approach that can rapidly freeze a food-based liquid or emulsion into a thickened texture that is still flowable, all while maintaining a small footprint.

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

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) 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.
  • 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 worldwide 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 December 22, 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 submit 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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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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