Please note that the details of this Challenge are no longer open. This challenge is awarded and is no longer accepting new submissions. You can:
Challenge New Materials for Padel Racquets

New Materials for Padel Racquets

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 114
Posted: Mar 04 2019
Challenge ID: 9934117
Team Project Rooms are available on this Challenge Team Share Challenge Share

Padel is a dynamic racquet sport combining elements of Tennis and Squash. Not to be confused with Paddle Tennis or Platform Tennis, Padel was invented in Acapulco, Mexico in 1969 and is now beginning to spread rapidly throughout the world. Padel racquets are solid and typically composed of an EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam insert surrounded by a fiberglass or graphite frame. The Seeker is searching for materials to use in place of the EVA foam that provide similar playing performance with greater longevity.

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


Padel was first developed in Acapulco, Mexico in 1969. It combines elements of Tennis and Squash to create a fun, dynamic racquet sport that is growing in popularity. An internet search of ‘Padel videos’ will give a taste of what the sport entails and provide entertaining Padel points for hours. A Padel racquet is typically composed of EVA foam with large holes for the hitting surface surrounded by a fiberglass or graphite frame. Unlike tennis racquets, Padel racquets cannot be ‘restrung’ when the EVA foam ages or is damaged and must be replaced in their entirety. Padel racquets lose performance characteristics not only through use and repeated shocks from the ball striking the racquet but also from environmental factors such as heat and humidity. The Seeker is looking for a material to replace the EVA foam in a Padel racquet that provides similar play performance characteristics but has greater longevity.

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 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 April 4, 2019. 

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.

Share This Challenge