Challenge What Are the Most Useful Solutions or Services People Are Offering in Support of Those Impacted by COVID-19?

What Are the Most Useful Solutions or Services People Are Offering in Support of Those Impacted by COVID-19?

Award: $2,500 USD
Deadline: Jun 26 2020 23:59 EDT
Posted: Mar 26 2020
Challenge ID: 9934289
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This Challenge is asking Solvers to share detailed examples of any solutions or services they have seen offered by individuals or companies in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. We have been impressed with how the world has rallied together to bring solutions that can impact globally, nationally, and locally in all manner of ways. Yet there is not a single consolidated source of this valuable information and we want to bridge this gap. 


This is a somewhat unusual Ideation Challenge in the sense that the Solvers are not expected to provide a solution to any problem. Rather, we are asking for all and any examples of offers being made by companies, individuals, governments, etc. in response to COVID-19 and that might help anyone in need. We are not just looking for headline submissions, but also more local solutions, things that are being offered to help the most in need, things to help with isolation, etc. Validated submissions will be featured on a single, aggregated open and free to access COVID-19 specific solutions marketplace launched by Wazoku and shared with key contacts globally involved in various aspects of tackling COVID-19.

Still, being an Ideation Challenge, it has the following distinct features: 

  1. The Seeker guarantees paying at least $2,500 in total awards. However, these will not be paid to individual solvers, but rather paid as a contribution to a cause to be selected by 5 Solvers who will be chosen at random and asked to nominate the cause they would like Wazoku to donate on their behalf.
  2. In the event that this involves original ideas (yours or others), you are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker, in this case you don’t even need to be the owner of the specific IP, but you do need to know it is a true and valid submission (to the best of your knowledge) and not encumbered by IP restrictions. By submitting your proposal, you grant the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to redistribute the information submitted for this Challenge on a globally accessible marketplace, and by extension allow anyone who accesses this information the non-exclusive right to distribute it further or act to add enhancements to the information.  
  3. Due to the urgency of the COVID-19 situation, we would appreciate your submissions and thoughts ASAP. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern time) on June 26, 2020.

Late submissions will not be considered.

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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