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Challenge Calling All Solvers: A Chance to Post a COVID-19 Challenge at No Cost

Calling All Solvers: A Chance to Post a COVID-19 Challenge at No Cost

Award: $2,500 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 523
Posted: Mar 25 2020
Challenge ID: 9934286
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Do you have an idea for the basis of an InnoCentive Challenge? We want to harness the creativity of our Solvers and ask you to propose a COVID-19 Challenge that could help mitigate this global outbreak. 

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


We think this is actually the very first opportunity for InnoCentive Solvers to author and post a Challenge. Why?  These are unusual times and if one thing has become clear, it is that oftentimes our healthcare officials and national leaders are not fully sure what questions should be asked. As a Solver you have read numerous Challenges and may have some unique insight into this crisis and topics we should be more attentive to and we invite you to share your ideas with us. You have plenty of current and historical examples to work from. Just use those and author your own Challenge.  

This is a special 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 up to $2,500, with at least one award being no smaller than $500.
  • 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.
  • Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 situation, we would appreciate your submissions and thoughts ASAP. We will be evaluating the submissions every two weeks, so please get your proposal in early.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 25, 2020. 
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.

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