The Seeker is looking for inexpensive methods that can significantly reduce or eliminate the smell perception of the odour in the cartonboard while being applicable to the Seeker’s production line and completely fulfilling current environmental and food safety regulations.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires only the submission of written documentation from the Solver. The Seeker will perform the experimental reduction to practice and validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.
Cartonboard, a highly successful packaging material, is being widely used as the most sustainable solution for handling and delivering food and other goods. However, certain cartonboard types are not preferred by consumers in the food sector due to an inherent odour which can be described as woody, acidic and, after several months of storage, musty. The development of these odours depends on many parameters, including the manufacturing process, storage and time.
The Seeker is looking for inexpensive methods that can significantly reduce or eliminate the smell perception of the odour in the cartonboard while being applicable to the Seeker’s production line and completely fulfilling current environmental and food safety regulations. Solutions of interest to the Seeker could include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Seeker sees this Challenge as a great opportunity to engage with “non-usual” experts, hence extends the invite to Solvers with relevant experience from, for example, the following industries: textiles, furniture, automotive, leather, food and beverages, pulp, wastewater treatment, filtration/membrane technology, plastic film production, flue gas cleaning, or medicine.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 29, 2019.
Late submissions will not be considered.
What is an RTP Challenge?
An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.