LG Electronics Challenge: Increasing Brand Preference in the Smartphone Market
With an increasing number of consumers purchasing their smartphone devices outside of the packages being sold by operators, brand perception, relevance and preference gain more importance. Therefore, the Seeker is looking for strategies to increase their brand preference and relevance in the premium segment of the Iberian smartphone market.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
EFSA Challenge: Automated Data Extraction
Data extraction from text and images is a fundamental human action and is key to gathering information in any field. With the exponential increase in material being published on any given subject it is becoming increasingly hard for humans to read and extract data from every relevant source of information. Automating data extraction would save a tremendous amount of human resources and possibly result in more accurate and more extensive extraction, and thus the Seeker is looking for a general algorithm for automated data extraction from electronic documents including graphs and images.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, output from the data extraction algorithm, and submission of source code and executable.
Automated Annotation of PDF Documents
The Seeker requires an application to automatically transfer annotations from the pages of one Portable Document Format (PDF) document to different pages of another PDF document.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, a working executable, and submission of source code.
A Minimally Invasive Blood Sampling Method for Potassium Monitoring
Routine blood tests are commonly ordered by a physician to provide information about a patient’s health. Samples are collected by venous blood draws and then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Some people find the venipuncture procedure to be a painful and stressful experience. Therefore, the Seeker desires to improve the patient experience by finding a minimally invasive blood sampling method that will yield accurate test results for a dedicated parameter: potassium.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Highly Breathable Weather Solution Materials
The Seeker is looking for ideas to create highly breathable materials (fabrics, membranes, layers) that protect from weather conditions such as rain, UV and wind. The materials must be able to transmit excess heat and water vapor away from the internal side.
A Robust and Reproducible Assay for Monitoring Tau Aggregation
Neurodegenerative diseases are featured by progressive dysfunction and death of cells in selected areas in the central nervous system, determining clinical presentation. Neuronal loss is associated with conformational changes in proteins that result in extra- or intra-cellular accumulation of misfolded proteins, representing the hallmarks of several neurodegenerative disorders, summarized as proteinopathies. Intermediate forms such as oligomers or protofibrils are thought to have cytotoxic effects to neurons, offering new ways for future prevention and treatment strategies.
Our Research department within the Neuropsychiatry Center of Therapeutic Innovation is mainly focused on such intrinsically disordered protein (tau, α-synuclein, Aβ) aggregation processes related to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. In the context of Alzheimer’s disease, one of our strategies is to search for compounds able to prevent tau aggregate formation. Therefore, the Seeker desires a suitable cell-free assay that allows the robust and reproducible monitoring of tau protein aggregation.
Novel Methods for Controlling Non-native Marine Species
The Seeker is looking for new and novel methods for locating, controlling and/or eradicating invasive marine species. Ideas can be new or utilize existing methods in a new or unique combination/adaptation.
Seeking a High Temperature Resistant Method to Confer Water-Repellency to Glass
The Seeker is looking for methods that can give glass sheets a much valuable water-repellent property that survives the extremely high temperatures (600 to 700 degrees C) that the glass substrate is exposed to during processing.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and sample delivery (if applicable to your solution and requested by the Seeker). Purely theoretical solutions are also welcomed and these may qualify for awards up to $15,000 if they are judged to meet the Solution Requirements listed below.
The Perfect Microbead: Seeking a New Method to Produce Monodisperse Spherical Particles
The Seeker to this Challenge is looking for a novel method(s) to shape ceramic oxide powders into highly spherical monodisperse microbeads within the size range of 30 to 300 microns.
Briquetting of Coal Fines
The Seeker is looking for a method to make <3 mm coal fines into briquettes ~25mm x 20mm x 18mm in size that can last through the tumbling and temperature of a rotary kiln.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, a demonstration of capability and samples from the Seeker’s material, if requested.