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Challenge DTEK Challenge: Increasing the Number of Electric Vehicles on the Road

DTEK Challenge: Increasing the Number of Electric Vehicles on the Road

Award: $5,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 338
Posted: Sep 24 2019
Challenge ID: 9934232
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Electric vehicles (EVs) are an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional cars with internal-combustion engines. Despite growing interest, the rate of adoption is not as rapid as energy providers would like. To improve the profitability of EV charging infrastructure, DTEK is searching for creative and actionable solutions to increase the popularity of EVs.

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


A number of barriers prevent the widespread purchase and use of electric vehicles. Among other things, consumers often worry about the initial purchase cost, battery life duration, and access to charging stations. Compounding the problem, charging infrastructure is only worth installing if there is sufficient demand. In order to justify the business potential, DTEK is looking for methods to significantly increase the number of EVs within Ukraine in a span of one year.

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

  • There is a guaranteed award. The award will be paid to the best submission as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be a single award of $5,000.
  • 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 October 24, 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.


DTEK is the largest private company in the energy sector of Ukraine. The company is developing a business in the extraction of natural gas and coal, renewable and thermal generation of electricity, distribution of electricity by electric networks, supply of electricity to customers, implementation of energy-efficient solution, charging electric vehicles.  Innovation DTEK carries out projects in the field of technological and digital transformation of energy, and also manages the innovative educational business platform Academy DTEK. DTEK Energy provides a closed cycle for the production of electricity from coal. The installed capacity in electricity generation is 13.5 GW. A full production cycle has been created in coal mining: coal mining and enrichment, maintenance of mine equipment. In 2018, DTEK's capital investments amounted to UAH 20 billion, tax payments - UAH 26 billion. DTEK employs more than 85 thousand people. 100% of the company is owned by SCM Limited. The ultimate beneficiary is Rinat Akhmetov. More information can be found at

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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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